Thailand

More than 95% of Thailand's population is Buddhist, making this country one of the most religious in Asia

About Country

    Continent

    Asia

    Capital

    Bangkok

    Population

    69,799,978

    World share 

    0.9 %

    Land area

    510,890 km²

    Official Languages

    - Thai

    Unofficial Languages

    Currency

    THB

    Economy rating

    25

    Economy GDP

    538,735 millions USD

    ВВП на человека

    7,718 USD

Democracy Index

6.04

Flawed
democracy

*

Electoral process and pluralism

7
7

Functioning of government

5
5

Political participation

6.67
6.67

Political culture

6.25
6.25

Civil liberties

5.29
5.29

    Crime Rate

    2.6

    Safe zone

    Unemployment

    1.9 %

    Low unemployment

Expense and Salary

3.34

Middling

*

Average salary

0.84
0.84

Average expense

6.11
6.11

Average rent price

3.08
3.08

    Average salary

    588 USD

    Average expense

    380 USD

    Average rent price

    360 USD

Immigration

    Immigration difficulty

    Hard

    Recommended Savings

    4,437 USD

    Double citizenship

    Forbidden

    Official site

    Immigration official website

    Compulsory exams

    CU-TFL

    Passport rating

    70 Amount of countries: 79

Immigration options

Immigration typeRequired TimeFee
Employeefrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)200 USD
Businessfrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)200 USD
Marriagefrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)
12 years (for citizenship)
200 USD
Studentfrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)200 USD
Investmentsfrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)200 USD
Pensionfrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)200 USD


Employee

Immigration feeImmigration Time
200 USDfrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)

List of documents:
- Completed application form in English Visa Application Form;
- Passport;
- Color photos of 4 by 6 cm format;
- Confirmation of financial solvency;
- Confirmation of the fact of employment;
- Certificate from the employer about the amount of the future salary;
- Copy of diploma with certified translation;
- Certificate from the police about the absence of a criminal record;
- Recommendation from the previous place of work.
Additional Information:
In this way, citizenship cannot be obtained, but a residence permit or permanent residence is quite. A work visa is issued for a period of not more than one year and gives the right to officially work in Thailand and, as you already understood, it must be renewed annually.

Business

Immigration feeImmigration Time
200 USDfrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)

List of documents:
- Completed application form in English Visa Application Form;
- Passport;
- Color photos of 4 by 6 cm format;
- Confirmation of financial solvency;
- Confirmation of business ownership;
- Certificate of no criminal record.
Additional Information:
For a business-based visa, you will need to own a business with a capital of 2,000,000 THB (approximately 61,500 USD) and with the nuance that 51% of the campaign will be held by a person with Thai citizenship. The visa is issued for a year, so it needs to be renewed, and it is logical that if your campaign does not make a profit, then your visa will not be extended either.

Marriage

Immigration feeImmigration Time
200 USDfrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)
12 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed application form in English Visa Application Form;
- Passport;
- Color photos of 4 by 6 cm format;
- Confirmation of financial solvency;
- Certificate of no criminal record;
- Confirmation of the status of official marriage;
Additional Information:
As practice shows, the only way to obtain Thai citizenship is through marriage. The requirements are different for men and women.
A man must show at least 400,000 THB (approximately 12,500 USD) in his account and will be able to apply for citizenship only after 12 years of marriage. A woman does not need to have savings and she will be able to apply for citizenship in 3-5 years.
As mentioned earlier, this is the only way to obtain citizenship, all other methods, although legally exist, will in fact simply refuse you.

Student

Immigration feeImmigration Time
200 USDfrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)

List of documents:
- Completed application form in English Visa Application Form;
- Passport;
- Color photos of 4 by 6 cm format;
- Confirmation of financial solvency;
- Certificate of no criminal record;
- An invitation from an educational institution.
Additional Information:
Well, as always, we need to find an educational institution and forward to knowledge - apply for a visa. Again, with a limitation on the year and with an extension, and if you are expelled from an educational institution, then of course the visa will not be extended.

Investments

Immigration feeImmigration Time
200 USDfrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)

List of documents:
- Completed application form in English Visa Application Form;
- Passport;
- Color photos of 4 by 6 cm format;
- Confirmation of financial solvency;
- Certificate of no criminal record;
- Confirmation of investments.
Additional Information:
For people with a lot of money, there are three programs for investors, and visas are issued here for 5, 10 and 20 years, depending on the amount of investment.
- Elite Ultimate Privilege - visa for 20 years and you need to invest 2,000,000 THB (approximately 62,000 USD)
- Elite Privilege Access - visa for 10 years and you need to invest 1,000,000 THB (approximately 31,000 USD)
- Elite Easy Access - visa for 5 years and 600,000 THB (approximately 19,000 USD)

Pension

Immigration feeImmigration Time
200 USDfrom 1 to 2 months (paperwork)

List of documents:
- Completed application form in English Visa Application Form;
- Passport;
- Color photos of 4 by 6 cm format;
- Confirmation of financial solvency;
- Confirmation of a rental agreement or own housing;
- Certificate of no criminal record.
Additional Information:
For those over 50 there is a special visa for pensioners. The problem is that not all pensioners are allowed in only if the pensioner has a lease for a year or his own housing and another 800,000 THB (approximately 25,000 USD) in his account. It is issued for a year with the possibility of extension on with the same conditions, there must be a place where to live and money.

Immigration process

The process of immigration to Thailand consists of four parts:
- We get a visa on the grounds described above
- After 3 years of stay in the country, we apply for a residence permit
- In 10 years we are trying to get permanent residence
- Trying to get Citizenship obtained by marriage ... or magic
Thai citizenship is difficult to obtain and requires a huge amount of time and effort, and even dual citizenship is prohibited, so it may be worth limiting yourself to a residence permit and permanent residence, you decide.

Taxes

There are several types of taxes in Thailand. Among them:
• income tax (20% on profits from Thai companies and 25% on profits from foreign companies);
• VAT (10%);
• social contributions (5% of income, paid by both the employee and the employer);
• property tax (from 0.15% to 3%); • inheritance tax (from 5% to 10% depending on the degree of kinship, spouses are not charged);
• stamp duty (1 THB per 1,000 THB in contract).

Individuals are required to pay tax on their income, regardless of whether they are tax residents of the country or not. The scale of taxation in this case is progressive:
• up to THB 150,000 at 0% rate;
• THB 150,000 to THB 300,000 at 5% rate;
• THB 300,000 to THB 500,000 at 10% rate;
• THB 500,000 to THB 750,000 at 15% rate;
• THB 750,000 to THB 1,000,000 at 20% rate;
• from THB 1,000,000 to THB 2,000,000 at a rate of 25%;
• from THB 2,000,000 to THB 5,000,000 at a rate of 30%;
• over THB 5,000,000 at a rate of 35%.

In order to prevent taxpayers from falling under double taxation, Thailand has entered into an appropriate agreement with 48 countries:
Asia:
- Bahrain
- China
- India
- Indonesia
- Israel
- Japan
- Kuwait
- Malaysia
- Pakistan
- Philippines
- Singapore
- South Korea
- Turkey
- United Arab Emirates
America:
- Canada
- Chile
- United States
Africa:
- Mauritius
- Seychelles
- South Africa
Europe:
- Austria
- Belgium
- Bulgaria
- Cyprus
- Czech Republic
- Denmark
- Estonia
- Finland
- France
- Germany
- Hungary
- Ireland
- Italy
- Luxembourg
- Netherlands
- Norway
- Poland
- Romania
- Russia
- Slovenia
- Spain
- Sweden
- Switzerland
- Ukraine
- United Kingdom
Oceania:
- Australia
- New Zealand

Education

Education is divided into three main stages: pre-school, school, and higher school. Pre-school education begins in the nursery, Thais attend them until the age of three. The child is in the nursery from 8 am to 3 pm.

Then children go to kindergartens, where they have time to learn (mainly art and English) and sleep during the day. For your child, you can choose a traditional kindergarten, it will cost less, or you can go to a kindergarten with an English bias. But it is worth considering that its price is many times higher. There is also a compromise option: kindergartens in which teaching is conducted in English, but according to the standards of Thailand.

This is followed by 12 years of school, dividing entire academic year into two semesters, the first of which lasts from May to October, and the second from November to March.

Schools may be public or private, but all of them require the study of special courses from the age of 13. This is how children are prepared for specialization in adult life. In private schools, you can choose a variety of areas of physical activity, among them are tennis, football, and martial arts. There are also more opportunities for learning foreign languages ​​in private institutions.

To take vacation time, students are offered various camps, which differ in duration and can be both non-biased and linguistic.

After school, Thais go to universities and get a profession, this training lasts from one to two years.

Healthcare

Thailand's modern healthcare system was launched in 2002 and has been proving its effectiveness every year since then. The country has three programs: social security for civil servants and their relatives, social security for private sector workers, and universal health care for other citizens of Thailand.

The country has both public and private medicine. State medical institutions are financed by the state and by the patients themselves through insurance (more than 90% of the population has health insurance). Private clinics operate at the expense of private funds and all the same insurance.

Hospitals in Thailand are divided into three types: these are regional hospitals (the largest and most advanced, they can find a specialist in any field), general hospitals (slightly smaller, but still well equipped) and simply district level hospitals (only basic specialists and limited number of beds). Despite the wide and multi-level network of hospitals in Thailand, the problem of providing medical services in small towns and hard-to-reach places still remains.

Nevertheless, in general, medical provision is well developed, as evidenced by the high life expectancy of the population. For men, it is 71 years, and for women it is 78 years.

Thailand's only serious problem in the medical field is the use of antibiotics. Unfortunately, once these drugs were prescribed to everyone indiscriminately, so now conventional antibiotics demonstrate their ineffectiveness against local diseases, and they have to be replaced with stronger and more toxic analogues.

Climate

One of the features of Thailand is a large length from north to south. This condition has influenced the fact that the country has a very diverse climate. In general, it can be described as humid tropical and sub-equatorial, but its shades vary from region to region, and change throughout the year.

Due to the proximity to the ocean, the year of the climatic year may seem strange to residents of other countries. In general, a hot country can cool, oddly enough, in the summer. That's when the heat subsides. This is followed by a rainy autumn, but from November to May, a temperature winter sets in in Thailand. Currently, the air is very dry, and by February it begins to gradually heat up and fill with moisture. This lasts until the verts bring warmth and moisture from the ocean in February-March, and then the hottest season begins.

A prominent manifestations of the Thai climate is the rainy season. Normally its effects apply to the east coast and the center of the country fall under its influence. They run from August to September. But it is not one long rain that lasts three months. Precipitation lasts up to an hour a day, and then there is sunny weather. However, such precipitation is very strong and plentiful.

If in general the climate of the country is very diverse, then temperature differences are not typical for Thailand since it is located close to the equator. In winter, the bars do not fall below +20, and in summer the maximum temperature reaches +40.

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