New Law to Exempt Foreign Business License for Certain Business Services
Effective from 9 June 2017, the Ministerial Regulation Prescribing Service Businesses Not Subject to Application for Foreign Business Permission No. 3 (“Regulation”) exempts certain qualifying services from the foreign business license (“FBL”) requirement contained in List Three annexed to the Foreign Business Act. The exempted services under the Regulation include:
It should be noted however that although a FBL is no longer required for the above business services, foreign companies operating in Thailand remain subject to other requirements such as the requirement to obtain a registration number or a taxpayer identification number, filing requirements and other Thai licensing requirements under specific laws. In addition, such specific laws may be different based on the nature of business activities to be conducted in Thailand.
Therefore, foreign companies operating in Thailand should carefully consider the Thai regulatory requirements applicable to their business activities to be carried on in Thailand and seek advice from appropriate legal advisors to ensure compliance with Thai laws.
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