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.


Smart Visa Program

Targeted Industries

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.

Smart T (Talent)

Highly skilled professionals in the targeted industries

  • Science and technology experts
  • Salary ≥ 100,000baht/month
  • Employment contract with remaining validity of ≥ 1 year
  • Employing companies being in the targeted industries

Smart I (Investor)

Investors in technology-based business in the targeted industries

  • Minimum direct investment of 20million baht
  • Investing in companies using technology in manufacturing or delivering services and being in the targeted industries

Smart E (Executive)

Senior executives in technology-based companies in the targeted industries

  • Holder of Bachelor’s degrees or higher with work experience ≥ 10 years
  • Salary≥ 200,000 baht/month
  • Employment contract with remaining validity of ≥ 1 year
  • High-levels executives
  • Working for companies using technology in manufacturing or delivering services and being in the targeted industries

Smart S (Startup)

Technology-based startup entrepreneurs in the targeted industries

  • Deposit of ≥ 600,000 baht which has been held for at least 3 months
  • Health insurance
  • Participating in an endorsed incubation, acceleratorprogram or a similar program/or obtaining joint venture with or being endorsed by a relevant government agency
  • Must set up a company in the targeted industries in Thailand within 1 year with at least 25% ownership orbeing a board member

Smart O (Other)

Refer to the legal dependents spouse and children of the main Smart Visa holders to live and work in Thailand equivalent to Smart Visa holders.

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