Section Code: 0014 - 0016
Foreign Business Act,
B.E. 2542 (1999)
Section 14. Minimum Capital
The minimum capital to be used by a foreigner for the commencement of the operation of a business in Thailand shall not be less than that prescribed in the Ministerial Regulation, provided that it shall not be less than two million Baht.
In the case where the business of the foreigner under paragraph one is the business requiring permission as specified in the Lists annexed hereto, the minimum capital as prescribed in the Ministerial Regulation for each business shall not be less than three million Baht.
The Ministerial Regulation issued under the provisions of this section may also prescribe the time within which the minimum capital must be brought or remitted into Thailand.
The provisions of this section shall not apply to the case where the foreigner uses money or property derived as revenues from the original business already in operation in Thailand for commencement of another business or for subscribing to shares or investing in any other undertaking or in any other juristic person.
Section 15. List Two Must have at Least 40% Thai
A foreigner which is a juristic person may operate any business specified in List Two only where not less than forty percent of its shares are held by Thai nationals or juristic persons which are not foreigners under this Act, save that, where there is a reasonable cause, the Minister with the approval of the Council of Ministers may reduce the proportion in this matter, provided that the required shareholding must not be less than twenty five percent and that not less than two‐fifths of the total number of its directors must be Thai nationals.
Section 16. Qualifications to Apply
A foreigner intending to apply for a license must have the qualifications and must not be under prohibitions as follows:
- being of not less than twenty years of age;
- having a residence in the Kingdom or having been permitted to enter the Kingdom temporarily under the law on immigration;
- not being an incompetent or a quasi‐incompetent person;
- not being a bankrupt;
- not having been punished by a court judgment or ordered to pay a fine in settlement of any offence under this Act or under the Notification of the National Executive Council No. 281, dated 24th November B.E. 2515 (1972), unless having been discharged for a period of not less than five years prior to the date of the application for the license;
- not having been imprisoned by a court judgment for offences of cheating, cheating creditors, misappropriation or offences related to trade under the Penal Code or the offences related to loans fraudulent to the public or the offences under the law on immigration, unless having been discharged for a period of not less than five years prior to the date of the application for the license;
- not having had a license issued under this Act or under the Notification of the National Executive Council No. 281, dated 24th November B.E. 2515 (1972) revoked within the period of five years prior to the date of the application for the license.
In the case where a juristic person is an applicant, foreign directors, managers or persons responsible for the operation of such juristic person must also have the qualifications and must not be of any prohibition specified in paragraph one.