Please see our new article highlighting the Thai Immigration Department's new efforts to crackdown on visa overstays here.
For more information on visas and work permits in general, please see the knowledge section of our website here.Read more
The Thai Customs Department has recently set up an amnesty program referred to as the Voluntary Audit Program (VAP), inviting entities that may have inadvertently underpaid import duties to pay such duties without any additional surcharge or penalty that would normally apply. Entities have from 20 June 2014 until 30 September 2014 to participate in the VAP.
All activities subject to customs duties will generally be able to benefit from the VAP with the exception of:
any activities...Read more
The Japan Transport Consulting Corporation (JTC) has participated in over a dozen railway projects in Vietnam since 1993 in connection with Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program. Following discoveries made by Tokyo tax authorities in April 2013 of several unusual expenses related to JTC’s ODA projects, JTC and three of its officials are being prosecuted for giving bribes totaling 69.9 million yen to officials of the Vietnam Railways Corporation over a four ye...Read more
Foreigners who are required to contact the Immigration Department for such routine matters as obtaining re-entry permits, long term visa renewals, and other similar items will be faced with another regulatory requirement. In addition to other items currently required in support of such applications, foreigners must now submit a notification form reporting their residence. While this requirement has been in effect for some time, it has not been strictly enforced by the Immigration ...Read more
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has ordered a one year delay in the auction for licenses for the 4G mobile phone spectrum planned by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) as reported here.
The economic consequences of the delay will be significant. California-based research firm Frost & Sullivan has estimated that it will cause a potential opportunity loss of up to US$1 billion (Baht 31.9 billion ) from 4G network investment and an additional $3...Read more
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