The idea of living and working remotely in Thailand is appealing to foreigners, especially if you can afford an online job with a foreign company in a country where salaries are considerably higher than Thailand – for example the States United States – and spend the money in Thailand where the cost of living is significantly lower.
However, finding a legitimate visa that supports the “digital nomad” lifestyle is notoriously difficult in Thailand.
Yesterday, Thailand’s Cabinet announced some changes to the 10-year long-term resident visa that could make the “digital nomad” lifestyle a realistic option for some people.
The LTR visa caters to four groups: 1) wealthy foreigners 2) retirees 3) working foreigners and 4) specialists.
Digital nomads can be classified as “foreign workers” or “specialists”, both of which must meet 2 conditions to be eligible for the LTR visa…
1) They must have an employment or service contract with a Thai OR foreign company.
2) They must be able to provide proof of 5 years of professional experience in the relevant industry, completed within 10 years of the date of application.
The Cabinet also announced that it would halve the one-time fee for the LTR visa from 100,000 to 50,000 baht.
So, if you have the contract and proof of 5 years of work experience, it’s a good deal to get you a Thailand visa valid for 10 years.
Additionally, LTR visa holders are welcome to bring their spouse and up to four children under the age of 20 with them to the kingdom.
The changes will take effect 90 days after they are officially announced in the Official newspaper.
To apply for the visa outside of Thailand, contact the nearest Thai embassy or consulate. To apply from inside Thailand, contact the immigration office in Bangkok. Qualified visa officers may also be able to assist in applying for the LTR visa.
For more information on retirement visas, click here.
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