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「外国人事業法」(仏歴2542年・西暦1999年)により、外国人 は同法上定められている三つのリスト(「リスト1」~「リスト3」)に列挙されている事業に携わることが原則的に禁止されています。ただし、以下の何れかの方法で、当局より承認を受けることができれば、規制対象の事業であっても営むことができます。

(a)     外国人事業ライセンス(「ライセンス」)を取得 すること。(ただし、「リスト1」の事業は不可)

(b)         BOIより投資恩典(非税務恩典)を受けること。

(c)         米タイ友好条約の保護を受けること。

(d)         国際条約または自由貿易協定等による例外措置を受けること。

(e)         特定の業界(例:生命保険 )を規制する委員会等により許可を得ること。

上述の方法により規制対象事業に参加する場合、いずれにしましても、原則的には外国人事業証書(Certificate = サーティフィケート)を商務省より受領をすることが求められますが、当該証書の発行は手続き上のものであり比較的容易に取得することができます。



  • ライセンス取得に必要な文書類、及び情報の整理

  • ライセンス申請書の記入サポート(お客様からの情報・インプットも多く必要とします)

  • 商務省との連絡のサポート

  • 商務省とのミーティングへの参加

  • 事業計画の調整のサポート

  • 商務省とのフォローアップ、及び質問への回答

  • ライセンスの受領

  • ライセンスのタイ語→英語訳

  • 上記の遂行に必要なメール交換を含む連絡業務


Foreigners are prohibited from operating specific businesses in Thailand that are set out below in three lists from the Foreign Business Act (FBA). 


A foreign business license can be obtained to operate businesses under Lists Two and Three. 


The process to obtain a foreign business license in Thailand is long and expensive without any guarantee of positive results. 


Most foreign owned businesses in Thailand are structured using a Thai majority shareholder or Board of Investment (BOI) privileges to avoid application of the Foreign Business Act. 


The only types of businesses the foreigners can own 100% in Thailand without a license are manufacturers and exporters.


Generally, we would not recommend to apply for a foreign business license in Thailand except in the case of large well known multinational companies investing large sums of capital and creating numerous jobs for Thai citizens. 


List One

Real estate trading


Radio broadcasting

Television station




Wood fabrication from natural forest

Fishing in Thai waters

Fishing in special economic zones

Extracting Thai herbs

Trading or auctioning Thai antiques

Trading or auctioning Thai historical objects

Creating Buddha images

Creating monk alms bowls


List Two



Gun powder


Firearm accessories

Ammunition accessories

Explosive accessories




Military vehicles

Domestic land transportation

Domestic water transportation

Domestic air transportation including airline businesses

Trading antiques

Trading art objects and handicrafts

Production of carved wood

Silkworm farming

Producing Thai silk yarn

Weaving Thai silk

Weaving Thai silk patterns

Producing Thai musical instruments

Producing goldware, silverware, nielloware, bronzeware, or lacquerware

Producing Thai art or cultural crockery

Manufacturing sugar from sugarcane

Salt farming

Rock salt mining

Mining such as rock blasting or crushing

Wood fabrication for furniture

Wood fabrication for utensils


List Three

Rice milling and flour production

Fishery, specifically marine animal culture


Production of plywood, veneer board chipboard or hardboard

Lime production





Construction except for rendering basic services to public utilities or transportation requiring special tools, machinery, technology or expertise, but the foreigner must have a minimum capital of 500 million Baht

Broker or agent except for the following: a) Underwriting securities or services connected with futures trading of commodities or securities; b) Trading or procuring goods or services necessary for production or rendering services amongst affiliated enterprises; c) Trading, purchasing, distributing or seeking domestic and foreign markets for selling domestically manufactured or imported goods, but the foreigner must have minimum capital of 100 million Baht

Auctions except for international bidding excluding Thai antiques, handicraft, historical artifacts or art objects having historical value

Internal trade relating to native products or produce not prohibited by law

Retail of goods having capital less than 100 million Baht or 20 million Baht per shop

Wholesale of goods having capital less than 100 million Baht


Hotel except hotel management services

Guided tours



Service businesses 



Our foreign business license application service includes the following:


  • Advise client on all required information and documents to apply for a foreign business license.

  • Prepare a foreign business application with the assistance of the client.

  • Filing the application with the MOC.

  • Assist in communicating with the MOC.

  • Accompanying the representatives of the client in meetings with the MOC if necessary.

  • Make presentations to the MOC in regards to the business plan.

  • Follow up the application with the MOC officers.

  • Submit any additional information or documents required by the MOC with the assistance of the client.

  • Receive the foreign business license.

  • Provide an English translation of the foreign business license.

  • Correspondence by email, telephone and in person meetings when necessary.

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