Smart Visa

Smart Visa is a new type of visa specially designed to attract highly skilled manpower, investors, executives and startups entrepreneurs wishing to work or invest in the following targeted industries in the Kingdom of Thailand. Smart Visa holders will be granted maximum 4-year permission to stay, exemption from the work permit requirement and entitled to additional privileges.

Targeted industries

  • Next-Generation Automotive
  • Smart Electronics
  • Affluent, Medical and Wellness Tourism
  • Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Food for the Future
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Aviation and Logistics
  • Biofuels and Biochemicals
  • Digital
  • Medical Hub
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Human Resource Development in Science and Technology
  • Environmental Management and Renewable Energy

Types of Smart Visa

SMART “T”(Talent)

Highly skilled professionals in the targeted industries

General Case
Qualifications and Criteria

1.Minimum income of no less than 100,000 Baht/month or equivalent. In case of the experts having an employment contract with a startup, or retired experts having endorsements from a relevant agency, minimum income of no less than 50,000 Baht per month is required.

2.Having an employment or service contract with an entity in Thailand or overseas with an assignment to work in Thailand. The remaining term of such contract must be at least 1 year.

3.Having expertise in science and technology relevant to the targeted industries and endorsed by an agency within the Strategic Talent Center (STC)’s network.

4.Employers in Thailand must be certified for being engaged in the targeted industries by relevant government agencies such as the National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) and Digital Economy Promotion Agency.

Privileges

1. Maximum renewable 4-year visa, but not exceeding the employment/service contract term

2. No work permit required for working in the endorsed companies. In case of changes of jobs, additional endorsements in accordance with the relevant requirements must be obtained.

3. 90-day reporting to the Immigration at the One Stop Service Center extended to 1 year.

4. No re-entry permit required.

5. Spouse and children granted the right to stay and work in Thailand with no work permit required (Children wishing to work must be at least 18 years. The jobs must not be on the prohibited list of occupations and professions for foreigners).

6. Access to a fast-track service at international airports in Thailand (where available).

Experts working in government agencies / higher education institutions / specialized training institutions / Alternative Dispute Resolution
Qualifications and Criteria

1. Being the experts working in a government agency, higher education institution and specialized training institution, or those entering the Kingdom to deliver Alternative Dispute Resolution services.

2. Having an employment or service contract or a document showing cooperation or employment issued by a government agency, higher education institution, specialized training institution or arbitration institution such as the Thailand Arbitration Center, the Thailand Arbitration Institute etc. by which employment in Thailand is required.

3. In case of experts working for a government agency, expertise in the fields of science and technology in the targeted industries must be endorsed by the hiring or employing government agency.

4. In case of the experts working in a higher education institution and specialized training institution in the private sector, expertise in the fields of science and technology in the targeted industries must be certified bythe employing agency in the Strategic Talent Center (STC)’s network.

5. In case of the experts working in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, expertise in the relevant fields must be certified by an arbitration institute in the country.

Privileges

1. Maximum renewable 4year visa, but not exceeding the employment/service contract term

2. No work permit required for working with an entity or government agencyIn case of changes of jobs, additional endorsements in accordance with the relevant requirements must be obtained.

3. 90-day reporting to the Immigration at the One Stop Service Center extended to 1 year.

4. No reentry permit required.

5. Spouse and children granted the right to stay and work in Thailand with no work permit required (Children wishing to work must be at least 18 years. The jobs must not be on the prohibited list of occupations and professions for foreigners).

6. Access to a fasttrack service at international airports in Thailand (where available).

SMART “S” (Startup)

Technology-based startup entrepreneurs in the targeted industries

Application for 2-year visa: Foreigners who have already established a certified startup company in Thailand
Qualifications and Criteria

1.  Having established a startup company in Thailand, certified as being the ones in the targeted industries by relevant government agencies such as the National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) and Digital Economy Promotion Agency.

2. Holding no less than 25% of the company’s registered capital or a position of a director of the above mentioned company.

3. Having a deposit of no less than 600,000 Baht or equivalent in a bank account in Thailand or in the country of his/her nationality or residence, which has been held for at least 3 months.

4. In the case of being accompanied by spouses and children, an additional amount of deposit of no less than 180,000 Baht per person or equivalent is required in a bank account in Thailand or in the country of his/her nationality or residence, which has been held for at least 3 months.

5.  Having health insurance covering the entire period of stay in Thailand for the applicant as well as spouse and children.

Privileges

1. Maximum renewable 2-year visa.

2.  No work permit required for working in the business certified by relevant agencies. In case of changes of jobs, additional endorsements in accordance with the relevant requirements must be obtained.

3. 90-day reporting to the Immigration at the One Stop Service Center extended to 1 year.

4. No re-entry permit required.

5.  Spouse and children granted permission to stay in Thailand. The spouse granted permission to work with no work permit required for the same duration as the Smart visa holder.

6. Access to a fast -track service at international airports in Thailand (where available).

Application for 1-year visa: Foreigners who have attended an incubation or accelerator program or any other similar program in the targeted industries or received joint venture funding from the public sector or endorsed by relevant government agencies
Qualifications and Criteria

1.  Attending an incubation or accelerator program or any other similar program which is in the targeted industries and certified by relevant government agencies such as the National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) and Digital Economy Promotion Agency.

2.  In case of not participating in an incubator or a similar program, the applicant must either receive joint venture funding with the public sector or endorsed by relevant government agencies such as the Digital Economy Promotion Agency.

3.  Having a deposit of no less than 600,000 Baht or equivalent in a bank account in Thailand or in the country of his/her nationality or residence, which has been held for at least 3 months.

4.  In the case of being accompanied by spouses and children, an additional amount of deposit of no less than 180,000 Baht per person or equivalent is required in a bank account in Thailand or in the country of his/her nationality or residence, which has been held for at least 3 months.

5.  Having health insurance covering the entire period of stay in Thailand for the applicant as well as spouse and children.

Privileges

1. Maximum 1-year visa, renewable for a term of up to 2 years if requirements are met (The applicant must be a shareholder owning 25% of the registered capital or a director of the company certified as being in the targeted industries by relevant government agencies such as the National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) and Digital Economy Promotion Agency).

2.  No work permit required for working in the business certified by relevant agencies. In case of changes of jobs, additional endorsements in accordance with the relevant requirements must be obtained.

3. 90-day reporting to the Immigration at the One Stop Service Center extended to 1 year.

4. No re-entry permit required.

5.  Spouse and children granted permission to stay in Thailand. The spouse granted permission to work with no work permit required for the same duration as the Smart visa holder.

6.  Access to a fast -track service at international airports in Thailand (where available).

Application for 6-month visa: Foreigners who plan to set up a startup company in Thailand or engage in promotional activities for startups or Startup Camps
Qualifications and Criteria

1.  Having a plan to set up a tech startup in Thailand, which must be endorsed by relevant agencies such as the National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) or being engaged in an activity aimed to promote startups, or an activity similar to Startup Camp, endorsed by government agencies such as the Board of Investment and National Innovation Agency (Public Organization).

2. Having health insurance covering the entire period of stay in Thailand.

Privileges

1.   Maximum 6-month visa, renewable for a term of up to 2 years if requirements are met.

2.   No work permit required for setting up a startup based on the endorsed plan and working for that startup or participating in an endorsed startup promotion activity. In case of changes or additional activities, further approval or endorsement will be required.

3.  90-day reporting to the Immigration at the One Stop Service Center extended to 1 year.

4.  No re-entry permit required.

5.   Access to a fast-track service at international airports in Thailand (where available).

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