What it takes for a foreigner to move to Thailand and get a job



What it takes for a foreigner to move to Thailand and get a job

In addition to being a very popular tourist destination, Thailand is also an attractive country for employment, which has taken in millions of foreign immigrants and workers in recent decades. Here you can find a lot of attractive vacancies and earn decent money. 

In the article, we will tell you how to start working in Thailand and where to find a job, as well as what are the prospects and requirements for foreigners. 

What you need to do to come to the country to get a job 

Before you go to Thailand for employment, you need to find an employer. Since it is necessary to have a work permit to move.

You can search for vacancies on popular portals, for example: 

JobsDB Thailand;


Craigslist etc.

It is also worth viewing the websites of local companies, bulletin boards, or contacting recruitment agencies and recruiters. 

Having found a suitable vacancy and agreeing on everything with the employer, you can apply for a visa to enter the country. After that, you need to get a work permit, which indicates the profession, position in the company, or job description, as well as the Thai company in which you plan to work. 

What are the conditions?  

For employment, as well as further stay in Thailand, foreign citizens need to have an entry visa and a permit. In no case is it recommended to work in the country on a tourist visa because it is illegal.

Freelancers or digital nomads who want to work legally in Thailand can benefit from reputable relocation service providers and obtain a business visa with a work permit.

In addition, it should be remembered that foreign citizens are allowed to perform only the work specified in the permit and work only with the employer to whom they arrived. 

Required documents 

To obtain a work permit in Thailand, you must prepare the following documents:


passport size photo;

medical certificate;

letter of employment;

education certificate;

address in Thailand, where you are going to live.

More information can be found on the Thai Embassy website.


Both local citizens and migrant workers or other non-residents are required to pay taxes on income earned from business or work in Thailand. When compared to many other countries, tax rates in Thailand are low. In addition, persons aged 65 years or more are exempt from paying tax on the first 190,000 baht of their taxable income. 

Working prospects

There are enough vacancies in Thailand. In this country, there are many opportunities for foreign citizens to earn good money. The most popular cities among migrant workers, where you can find promising high-income jobs, are:

Bangkok. The best city to look for work in Thailand, especially for foreigners and immigrants. For example, all foreign banks and insurance companies are located here. Therefore, it is easy to find a job in the banking or accounting sector.

Chiang Mai. The labor market in Chiang Mai is smaller than in Bangkok, but there are still many interesting vacancies in this city. For example, you can find a job as a teacher, IT /web developer, graphic designer, hotel manager, etc.

Phuket. This is a resort town where it is easy to find work in the field of travel, real estate, and restaurant business. Vacancies in the field of information technologies and education are also common.

In addition, foreigners in Thailand often choose to teach English. The education sector in the country, especially in the direction of learning English, offers many employment opportunities. Therefore, work in this area is the easiest to get.

As for salaries, employment agencies predict a 20-30% increase in wages among migrant workers moving to Thailand.

For example, annual salaries among some professions:

Accounting Manager: 960000 - 1500000 baht;

Financial Controller: 1800000 - 4500000 baht;

Production manager: 1 000 000 – 1 900 000 baht;

Technical Manager: 1200000 - 2200000 baht;

QA Director: 2,800,000 - 5,500,000 baht.

Also, many foreigners work illegally on a tourist visa, which allows them to stay in Thailand for up to 60 days. However, this method of earning is illegal and threatens a fine.