Explore Your Options with A Move to Thailand

Thailand is a beautiful, fruitful place to call home. Many expats wishing to move to the country seek out luxury homes on ocean front areas where they can relax in the sun, have fun on the water and enjoy every moment of their lives in Thailand. There are numerous condos, apartments and villas for anyone wishing to move to this vibrant country.

Whether you want to move to, Haad Yao or Thongsala, it is important to know what to expect for the move you’re about to make.

Purchasing Property

Property cannot be solely purchased by a foreigner in Thailand. As an expat, you can partner with a citizen of Thailand to buy property together.
The Thai citizen would need to own 51% or more of the property if you buy through a Thai company but this partnership will allow the expat to live on the land that has been purchased.

To find a great home to live in in Thailand, it is essential to speak to a reputable real estate professional to find the best homes available on the market. Without a realtor, it is not always easy to locate a good home.

Renting is an option for expats moving to the area. However, if you’re looking at making this move a long-term one, then renting may not be the ideal option you’re after.

Purchasing a condo or apartment is permitted even when you are not able to purchase the land that the condo sits on. This is because the building is more than 51% Thai owned, allowing you to purchase a small portion of the building for you to live in or even for you to rent to others.

Obtaining a Visa

A visa will be required to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days. The type of visa that will be required depends on the reason for moving into the area. Some of the common visas for expats include, but are not limited too.

  • Non-Immigrant Visa
  • Marriage Visa
  • Retirement Visa
  • Business Visa

For more information regarding the types of visas required for moving to the country, look at the Thai Embassy website.

Shipping Household Goods

Bring your household goods along for the move. There is a rule of “ones” that must be adhered too. When bringing any items with you, there can only be one of that item. For example, one television, one vacuum, one toaster and so on. This is only for items that are used.

Shipping household goods should be done through a reputable shipping company that understands regulations for shipping into Thailand. A forwarding agent can provide the necessary information and arrangements for the shipment.

Bringing Your Vehicle

There are stipulations for shipping one used or new vehicle to Thailand. There are strict regulations that must be adhered too. Finding a professional, knowledgeable shipping company that knows how to handle shipments to Thailand is recommended. There’s many companies who could handle this, and one possibility is A1AutoTransport.

Have these documents ready for shipments being sent to Thailand:

  • Passport
  • Bill of Lading
  • Original and 3 Copies of Import Goods Declaration
  • Commercial and Insurance Invoices
  • Release Order
  • House Certificate and an ID Card for Used Vehicles
  • Import Permit for Used Vehicles
  • Vehicle Registration for Used Vehicles 

By understanding these points, you can feel much more confident in your move to Thailand. Once you arrive to begin your new Thai life, be sure to take plenty of time to explore and find the hidden gems located throughout the country.