AMCHAM Daily Covid-19 Digest

Legal, Tax & Risk Updates

Nov 25 - EY provides 3 essential strategies to help your company manage political risk as governments across Asia plans to lead the global recovery. Read more...


Nov 24 - The MOC has finalized the draft ministerial regulation that will classify 3 new businesses as Exempted Businesses that may be carried out by a foreigner, Kudun and Partners explains. Read more...


Nov 23 - DFDL gives a clearer view on the salary arrangement options available to human resources departments in the era of Covid-19 while in compliance with local laws. Read more...


Nov 18 - Is it possible to convert from a Thai O / O-A / O-X Retirement Visa to a Business Visa? Integrity Legal expalins. Read more...


Nov 16 - The Parliamentary Commissioners' power to impose a criminal sanction for failure to comply with their summons has been stripped off, Baker McKenzie details. Read more...


Nov 12 - As the signing of the RCEP at the ASEAN summit approaches, MPG discusses new opportunities for investment and trade under this new partnership. Read more...


Nov 11 - LawPlus writes on the new notification from Civil Aviation Board of Thailand allowing more juristic persons to hold shares in airline companies. Read more...


Nov 9 - Deloitte reports on the recent announcement by the USTR regarding the removal of 247 Thai products (around USD 817 million worth) from the US GSP List. Read more...


Nov 5 - This article from PKF outlines the main concepts of the land and building tax and it also touches on the temporary mitigating measures of the tax collection in 2020. Read more...


Nov 3 - Bain & Company puts together an article of best practices to help companies create a sustainable model for workplace flexibility and reap its benefits. Read more...


Nov 2 - In the third installment of their Business Rehabilitation series, Kudun & Partners discuss the most crucial stage for creditors in a business rehabilitation proceeding - Debt Repayment Application. Read more...


Oct 27 - Tilleke & Gibbins addresses how creditors can determine whether to pursue their claims on a Thai debtor by arbitration or insolvency proceedings to maximize both party's chance of recovery. Read more...


Oct 26 - Chandler MHM discusses key aspects of the recent amendments to the Thai Civil Procedure Code that are relevant to business operators in Thailand. Read more...


Oct 21 - MPG elaborates on the announcement from the President of the Supreme Court stating if the court deems it appropriate, or one of the parties tenders a request, the court proceedings may take place electronically. Read more...


Oct 19 - LawPlus brings further details on the Electronic Signature Guideline including the different types of e-signature and its validity requirements. Read more...


Oct 16 - EY updates on the revised Operational Certification Procedures (OCP), governing the product origin certification process, under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) entered into force in Thailand on 20 September 2020. Read more...


Oct 15 - In the recent decision from the Court of Appeal, the Court accepted the case filed by Cambodian villagers against a Thai company as a class action. The Court also provided some guidelines in requesting permission to conduct a class action case in the future, DSB breaks it down. Read more...


Oct 14 - ASEAN nations together with Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand are planning to sign the RCEP on November 2020, Baker McKenzie explains. Read more...


Oct 12 - This article from DLO discusses a range of matters relating to Wills and applicable Thai law so that you can ensure that your legal interests are protected. Read more...


Sep 29 - The second reduction to employees' Social Security Fund contribution rates has lowered it to 2% of their wages, for a period of 3 months, Tilleke and Gibbins details. Read more...


Sep 28 - Land and building owners have been granted an extension to October 31 for the payment of their land and building tax, DFDL reports. Read more...


Sep 25 - Kroll points out the risks involved with having the government or state-owned enterprises as business partners and how firms can navigate these challenges. Read more...


Sep 24 - Kudun & Partners highlights one of the key features in a rehabilitation proceeding that comes into immediate effect when the rehabilitation petition is accepted by the Court. Read more...


Sep 22 - The Thai Cabinet recently approved a "Special Tourist Visa (STV)" that allows foreigners to stay in the kingdom for 90 days and can be extended twice, with the purpose of recovering the tourism business in Thailand. Read more...


Sep 21 - Results from a survey on C-suite executives by Mazars reveal that 60% of firms have revisited their strategy and highlight a lack of board knowledge about key risks. Read more...


Sep 18 - The new GILTI high tax exception have little impact on individual taxpayers, but provide administrative relief for some taxpayers who have to deal with GILTI, Hone Maxwell clarifies. Read more...


Sep 17 - MPG writes on the merge of the Annual Registration Statement (Form 56-1) and the Annual Report (Form 56-2) in order to streamline the annual performance reporting process. Read more...


Sep 16 - The Revenue Code and other laws under the Revenue Department can now be extracted from the network of the Department of Business Development, Deloitte reports. Read more...


Sep 15 - The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued two announcements to relax certain obligations of REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), Chandler MHM explains. Read more...


Aug 31 - The Thai government's various Covid-19 related tax measures - most of which were approved since March - have now been formally promulgated and clarified in a series of royal decrees and notifications, Tilleke & Gibbins reports. Read more...


Aug 28 - Kudun & Partners fleshes out the newly-announced qualifications of foreign experts for businesses that are promoted by the BOI. Read more...


Aug 27 - EY gives 19 practical steps (each with their own article) for businesses to prepare and respond if there was a second pandemic wave. Read more...


Aug 26 - The Revenue Department has issued a reminder of tax filing requirements of e-commerce businesses in Thailand, MPG explains further. Read more...


Aug 25 - Recent amendments to the Debt Securities Regulations to enhance investor protection and further develop the debt securities market, Chandler MHM clarifies. Read more...


Aug 20 - The Federation of Accounting Professions has published a revaluation model for property, plant, equipment and investment property so they are measured and recognized at fair value. Read more...


Aug 19 - The transition to online processes by government authorities is enabling some businesses to accelerate business expansion projects and enter new markets. Read more...


Aug 18 - DFDL's reminder to file your CIT tax returns as well as the new Transfer Pricing disclosure form that is required for the first time by August 31. Read more...


Aug 17 - Baker McKenzie's Employment and Compensation Update highlights key changes in employment law across the Asia Pacific region. Read more...


Aug 12 - With risk expanding into social media and other digital vectors, physical security of a firm's data and assets remains the the central component of risk management, Kroll details. Read more...


Aug 11 - The Ministry of Labor has redefined force majeure to include hazards from the Covid-19 pandemic and published a new economic crisis regulation, Tilleke & Gibbins reports. Read more…


Aug 10 - With Covid preventing travel, the IRS has announced several international tax exemptions for taxpayers who have been forced into unfavorable situations, Hone Maxwell breaks it down. Read more... 

Updates from AMCHAM

From Amb. Tomwit Jarnson

Sept 18 - The Ministry of Finance has transferred 5,000 Baht in cash relief to all 15 million eligible citizens. However, some people have yet to receive the financial aid, as their bank accounts are not linked to the PromptPay service. Read more....


Sept 11 - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has opened hot lines 1646 and 1669 for people in Bangkok to seek consultation with experts if they believe they are at risk  of becoming infected or believe they may have been infected with Covid-19. Read more....


Sept 3 - Phuket Model  

  • According to the Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the Ministry is reviewing international destinations that have been Covid-19 free for at least 28 days and is assessing demand for travel to Thailand. Read more....

Aug 28 - State of Emergency Extended

  • The Cabinet approved a one-month extension of the state of emergency to September 30 to control the Covid-19 outbreak. Read more....

Aug 14 - The BOI has launched the new 2020 campaign “Think Resilience, Think Thailand”, to showcase Thailand's resilience and to reinforce its status as the region’s prime investment destination. Read more....


Aug 7 - Groups Of People Allowed To Fly Into Thailand

  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has listed 11 groups of Thai and non-Thai nationals permitted to enter Thailand, effective from August 4. Read more....

July 31 - According to the Global Covid-19 Index (GCI), Thailand ranked first in the world out of 184 countries for its ongoing Covid-19 recovery effort. Read more....


July 24 - Visa Amnesty Renewed

  • The Cabinet approved the renewal of the visa amnesty for foreigners stranded in Thailand during the Covid-19 crisis. Read more....

July 17 -Exemption measures under review 

  • Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha apologized to the public and ordered concerned authorities to review privileges given to foreign diplomats and family members, and military delegations after an Egyptian soldier and the daughter of a Sudanese diplomat who tested positive were exempted from the quarantine. Read more....

July 10 - Thailand’s international quarantine status 

  • Despite no locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 for 45 days, Thailand is still designated as a “red light” country and Thais arriving in England will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Read more...

July 3 - Mahidol University unveils Covid-19 antibody test robot -A development project to create a Covid-19 vaccine in Thailand is on track to start clinical trials in humans soon. Read more...


June 26 - Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha met with the Federation of Thai Industries to exchange views on the “new normal” direction of Thai industries under the covid-19 situation. Read more...


June 19 - The government is developing a new travel scheme, under which citizens of countries which have managed to control the spread of covid-19, or have low risk of infection, will be allowed to visit Thailand without the 14 days quarantine. Read more...


June 12 - The Board of Trade (BoT) of Thailand has suggested that the government either join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) or sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union as soon as possible before foreign investors start flocking to other countries like Vietnam. Read more...


June 5 - The Parliament passes record 1.9-trillion-baht aid package. Read more...


May 29 - According to the Ministry of foreign Affairs, non-Thai nationals who either possess valid work permits or have already been granted permission from a Thai government agency to work in the Kingdom can apply for permission to enter the Kingdom. Read more...


May 22 - The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Thailand cut the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, to a new record low of 0.50%, with immediate effect. Read more...


May 15 - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the Emergency Decree may or may not be extended beyond the end of May, depending on the covid-19 situation. Read more...


May 8 - The government is planning the next round of easing disease control measures and reopening of businesses on May 17. Read more...


April 28 - The state of emergency is extended for 1 more month, until the end of May. Read more...


April 24 -  Foreigners whose visas have expired since March 26, 2020 will be permitted to stay until July 31, 2020 without having to apply for an extension at immigration offices. Read more...


April 4 - There is a move by the Cabinet to grant automatic renewal of tourist visas for those who arrived in Thailand after March 1, 2020. Read more...


Mar 24 - Ministry of Commerce now allows AGMs to be conducted online, provided that 1/3 of attendees are present and resident in Thailand. This is in addition to their earlier extension of filing deadlines.


Mar 24  - The Cabinet approved additional measures to help Thai workers who are not under the Social Security Fund and impacted by the outbreak of covid-19. Read more...


Mar 24 - The Prime Minster has declared a State of Emergency along with a raft of new restrictive measures that will come into effect on Thursday. Read more...


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Member Toolkit

Return To Thailand Resources

Flights to Thailand

Cathay Pacific will be operating the repatriation flight from Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York to Bangkok in October.  Read more...


Need The Covid-19 Health Insurance? - Contact AMCHAM member companies who provide the 100,000 U.S. Dollars Covid-19 insurance. List of companies here…


Assisted State Quarantine

List of AMCHAM member hotels and hospitals offering ASQ:

  • Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort has partnered with the nearby Bangpakok 9 International Hospital to offer a 15-day, government-approved quarantine package complete with world-class healthcare. Read more...
  • Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok extends its ASQ program by popular demand: Book the "15 Day Healthwatch" package. Read more...
  • Bumrungrad International Hospital provides Alternative Hospital Quarantine (AHQ) and Alternative State Quarantine. (ASQ.  Read more...
  • Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is offering ASQ packages. Read more...
  • Asset World Corporation provides Alternate State Quarantine. Le Meridien Bangkok together with BNH Hospital are offering Alternative State Quarantine facility. Read more...
  • The DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok in partnership with the Samitivej International Hospital offers a comprehensive ASQ package backed by the industry-leading Hilton CleanStay program along with Hilton’s world-class hospitality. Read more...

 


From the U.S.  Embassy

Global Dashboard on Government Policies

Message from the Ambassador

Covid-19 Information


Ministry of Public Health 

"1422" - covid-19 Helpline Number 

Updates in English


PR Thai Government 

  Daily Media Briefing


Eastern Economic Corridor's Office

Covid-19 Relief & Stimulus Package


Member News

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Cathay Pacific will continue this skeleton passenger flight schedule for the first three weeks of June 2020.  Read more...


Gensler shares Working from home experience & insights from Asia Pacific Middle East. Read more...


GP Strategies is providing a guide for organisations that are asking how they can convert their existing training content into Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT). Read more...


FedEx Thailand is offering 49% discount to new corporate accounts on domestic shipments via TNT. Read more...


Sustainability approaches have moved beyond sporadic corporate philanthropy to become the core of operating models and business strategies. Mahanakorn Partners Group explains Covid-19 and Business Sustainability Read more...


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What will be the new normal for the Thai retail market post covid-19? CBRE expects significant shifts in three main aspects. Read more...


Dtac is offering WorryFree Sim for AMCHAM members.Read more...


Diversey Hygiene shares guidelines for Safe Return of Hotels re-opening.  Read more...


Covid-19 is challenging fundamental ideas of workplace best practices. Find out about your Return to Work preparedness from this Work-From-Home staff survey by Gensler.   Read more...

Gensler explores how design can play a role in making the world a healthier place. Read more...


The covid-19 pandemic brings new challenges for companies relocating employees. Santa Fe's Compliant Virtual Survey helps plan these moves without entering the employee's home.  Read more...


Cushman & Wakefield prepares resources to prepare building and business owners for a return to their premises. Read their Safe Six Checklist and Recovery Readiness How to Guide.


Manpower Group shares an update on how businesses can  gear towards returning safely back to work in the new normal. Read more...


The developers behind BASIS International School offer the services of Nakorthon Hospital and their new dedicated Covid-19 testing center and lab. Read more...


Bangkok Hospital is offering screening tests for covid-19 using real-time PCR conducted by their certified laboratory. Test results can be quickly obtained within 9-24 hours. Read more...


HP is offering monthly leasing programs for laptops and printers. Read more…


Fitdao offers live streaming for corporate wellbeing at home. AMCHAM members can avail a 10% discount on wellness programs. Read more...


PCS is offering disinfection and sanitizing service in accordance with an international standard to prevent infection in the air and onto surfaces. Read more...


G4S Security Servicesoffers professional Covid-19 eradication solutions for offices, buildings, factories and homes nationwide. Contact Jetachaikorn Wongkanjana or Puncharat Rachajak.   


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