What do you need to consider before moving to Thailand?

What do you need to consider before moving to Thailand?

29th June, 2016

 Are you thinking of moving to Thailand? Perhaps the Thai culture and warm climate has tempted you? Maybe you want to capitalise on the low cost of living? Or, perhaps you already have a great job opportunity lined up that you simply cannot refuse? Whatever your scenario may be, keep on reading to discover some key points to consider before you make the move…


There are several different visa options for those moving to Thailand. This includes a Work Visa, Business Visa and Non-Immigrant Visa. The latter covers various categories, such as researchers, religious activities, family visitors, retirees, journalists, investors, experts, education works and official duties. If you are feeling unsure, contact the nearest Thai Embassy prior to your move to enquire which visa regulations apply in your case.


Health Care
The Thai government funds health care to an extent although there are some charges that still remain. Nonetheless, the problem in Thailand is that there is a shortage of general practitioners. The majority of doctors are specialists. This can make it difficult to gain access to high quality health care unless you have a medical plan. Because of this, it is highly advisable to secure an international health insurance policy before you make the move.


As is the case when moving to any country, it is always better if you have a job lined up waiting for you. However, Thailand’s low cost of living does make it possible for people to move there and job hunt if they have a bit of savings behind them. It is vital to be aware of the fact that there are some restrictions on expats working in Thailand. The Foreign Business Act states that such individuals should not work as office assistants, in retail and in the construction sector. You will find your best opportunities in the hospitality industry and the following sectors – tourism, finance, engineering, ICT, manufacturing and trade.


Some Extra Points To Be Aware Of…
From visas to global health insurance, you now know the basics. But let’s finish off with some key factors every expat needs to know before making their move…


  • Never criticise the Thai monarchy. If you were to destroy any images or portraits you could actually find yourself being arrested.
  • If there is a road accident and the other person involved is a Thai national you will automatically be blamed for the incident. The view is that you are a foreigner and therefore if you weren’t in the country this accident would not have occurred.
  • Property tax is the legal obligation of the landlord. This is 12.5 per cent per year.
  • Don’t be alarmed if you hear someone calling you ‘farang’. This is how Thai people refer to foreigners, even if they know you well.

Alison Massey

Group Marketing Director

Now Health International

Alison Massey is a 15-year digital marketing veteran, who has spent the last seven years using social media to help expats and soon to be expats find out what to expect from a life overseas. An expat living in Hong Kong herself, Alison is the Group Marketing Director of Now Health, the award-winning international health insurance provider.

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