General Information

SMART Visa Program

  Smart Visa is a new type of visa specially designed to attract highly skilled manpower, investors, executives and startups entrepreneurs wishing to work or invest in the following targeted industries in the Kingdom of Thailand. Smart Visa holders will be granted maximum 4-year permission to stay, exemption from the work permit requirement and entitled to additional privileges.

Targeted industries

  • Next-Generation Automotive
  • Smart Electronics
  • Affluent, Medical and Wellness Tourism
  • Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Food for the Future
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Aviation and Logistics
  • Biofuels and Biochemicals
  • Digital
  • Medical Hub
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Human Resource Development in Science and Technology
  • Environmental Management and Renewable Energy

Types of Smart Visa

  The following categories of Smart Visa will be allocated to Smart Visa applicants, depending on the purpose or activity that foreigners wish to conduct in the Kingdom of Thailand.

Visa Type Category Purpose
SMART T Talent
I Investor
E Executive
S Startup entrepreneur
O Spouse and legitimate children (Other) of Smart Visa holders

How to apply?

  The applicants for Smart Visa must have qualifications according to the criteria specified by the office of the Board of Investment. Their qualifications will be verified by relevant agencies. After technical and non-technical endorsements have been obtained, the Smart Visa unit will then proceed to issue a letter of qualification endorsement which the applicant will bring to the Royal Thai Embassies or Royal Consulates (in case of residing overseas) or the Immigration Bureau at the One Stop Center for Visas and Work Permits or EEC Labour Administration Center in Chonburi in order to file for Smart Visa.

Procedures for Qualification Endorsement Application and SMART Visa Issuance

1. Register for online qualification endorsement application for Smart Visa on https://smart-visa.boi.go.th and activate an online account through a confirmation e-mail.

2. Complete an application form for the type of Smart Visa you wish to apply (T, I, E, S, and O if any) and make sure that you have a PDF version of the required documents you will need to upload and submit after the application form and required documents are all uploaded. By completing the online application, you confirm that you have read, understood and accepted the qualification endorsement requirements.

2. Complete an application form for the type of Smart Visa you wish to apply (T, I, E, S, and O if any) and make sure that you have a PDF version of the required documents you will need to upload and submit after the application form and required documents are all uploaded. By completing the online application, you confirm that you have read, understood and accepted the qualification endorsement requirements.

4. Within 30 working days after having received complete documents, OSS will notify the applicant, the Immigration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the relevant agencies of the result of qualification endorsement application.

5. The qualified applicant can then proceed with applying for Smart Visa issuance at one of the following places, within 60 days from issuance date of the endorsement letter, which will be used as one of the supporting document for application. The processing fee is 10,000 Baht per year of visa permission (cash only).

  • The Royal Thai Embassies/The Royal Thai Consulate Generals (in case of residing overseas)
  • The Immigration at One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS) ,Chamchuri Square Building, Bangkok
  • EEC Labour Administration Center in Chonburi.

SMART Visa Extension Procedures

  Smart Visa holders wishing to extend their Smart Visas must apply for a renewal of qualification endorsement at One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS) at least 60 days before its expiry for the Smart Visa unit to follow the abovementioned endorsement process. Upon receiving an endorsement letter, foreigners can then have their Smart Visa renewed at the Immigration at One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS) or at EEC Labour Administration Center in Chonburi.

Reporting Requirement

  Smart Visa holders must report the address of current residence to the Immigration at One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS) or at EEC Labour Administration Center in Chonburi on a yearly basis, counting from the date of receiving permission to stay in Thailand. This can be done 15 days before or 7 days after the due date. However, in the case of re-entering the Kingdom, the report is due in one year from the date of the latest arrival.

  In addition, Smart Visa holders must also report their current status to the Smart Visa Unit at One Stop Center for Visas and Work Permits on a yearly basis from the issuance date of Smart Visa.

Where to Contact?

SMART Visa Unit
One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS)
18th Floor, Chamchuri Square Building,
Chamchuri Square Building, Phayathai Road
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 02 209 1100 ext. 1109-1110
Fax: 02 209 1199
E-mail: smartvisa@boi.go.th
Website: www.boi.go.th