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6 Legal Things you Need to Know in Thailand

Whether you are visiting Thailand as a tourist or want to establish a business in that country, you must be aware of the local laws. A knowledge of the basic laws helps you avoid penalties and serious punishments. Here is a list of the 8 important legal facts that you must know before visiting Thailand:

1. Alcohol consumption

Thailand has a restriction on its nightlife and consumption of alcohol. After midnight, all bars and pubs are supposed to close down. Moreover, you cannot consume alcohol in places such as public office, educational institutes, temples, public parks, petrol pumps and so on. You can get an imprisonment for 6 months and cash penalty of 10,000 baht if you break this law.

2. Import and Export

There are restrictions on things that can be imported or exported in Thailand. To safeguard their country, the Thai law requires special permission and import/export license for items such as medicines, antique artifacts, firearms, cosmetics, gold, alcoholic beverage or alcohol, animals and automobile parts etc. If you are interested in starting an import-export business, consider this fact.

3. Buying Property

Foreigners are not allowed to buy property in Thailand. However, the Thai law permits you to own land or property in a number of ways. For instance, you can take a property on lease for 30 years. You can buy land in Thailand if you have a Thai spouse. In that case, you have to buy property in the name of your Thai spouse.

4. Establishing a Representative Office

If you are interested in establishing a business in Thailand, you can do so by setting a representative office. This is the easiest way to enter Thailand as a business entity. However, as per the Thai law, you must give the power of attorney to a Thai manager who will manage the important tasks  such as interacting with the Thai government on your behalf. If you need any assistance in preparing and drafting Power of Attorney, then get in touch with us . Our legal experts can provide you with appropriate guidance in this regard. For more details, visit www.konradlegal.com/contact-us.

5. Littering in Thailand

If you are visiting Thailand as a tourist, then keep in mind that littering is strictly prohibited by law. The local metropolitan authority oversees the rules. If caught littering, you can be penalized with a fine of 2,000 baht.

6. Working in Thailand

If you want to work in Thailand or start a business there, you must obtain a non-immigrant visa and a work permit. The Thai law doesn’t allow anyone to work in Thailand without a valid permit. If caught, it might result in fine, detention and even imprisonment.

It is very important to adhere to the laws of a country to avoid litigation. Hopefully, these points will help you get a basic idea of the important Thai laws and regulations. For any further assistance, call us at +66 26260277.

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