Thailand Raises Minimum Wage Rates
Thailand’s National Wage Committee issued the Notification on Minimum Wage Rates (No.11), on the 26th of August 2022. This notification has now passed all the legislative processes and has become effective as of the 1st of October 2022.
This notification introduces new minimum wage rates for workers in Thailand. The Notification No. 11 repeals the previous Notice of Wage Committee Re Minimum Wage Rates (No. 10) dated 6th of December 2019.
- The daily minimum wage would be increased to between 328 baht and 354 baht ($9.19-$9.86)
- Each province in Thailand has their own minimum wage. The increase will apply to all provinces but the actual wage will differ across the country.
- The notification also amends working hours for workers in Thailand.
What are the new working hours for workers in Thailand?
The notice stipulates that the workday for workers in Thailand shall not exceed the following hours:
1. Seven hours, for work which may be hazardous to the health and safety of the employee (as established by the Ministerial Regulations No. 2 (B.E. 2541 (1998)); or
2. Eight hours, for other work which is not classified under the conditions mentioned in point 1.
What are the new minimum rates in Thailand?
The Notification raises the minimum wages in Thailand as follows:
|Province in Thailand||New minimum wage rate|
|The localities of Chon Buri, Phuket, and Rayong||Three hundred and fifty-four Baht (THB 354) per day|
|The localities of Bangkok Metropolis, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon.||Three hundred and fifty-three Baht (THB 353) per day|
|Chachoengsao||Three hundred and forty-five Baht (THB 345) per day|
|Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (Ayutthaya)||Three hundred and forty-three Baht (THB 343) per day|
|The localities of Krabi, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Trad, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, Phang Nga, Lopburi, Songkhla, Sara Buri, Suphan Buri, Surat Thani, Nong Khai, and Ubon Ratchathani.||Three hundred and forty Baht (THB 340) per day|
|Kalasin, Chanthaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Mukdahan, Sakhon Nakhon, and Samut Songkram.||Three hundred and thirty-eight Baht (THB 338) per day|
|The localities of Kanchanaburi, Chai Nat, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Sawan, Bung Kan, Buriram, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Phayao, Phattalung, Phetchaburi, Phitsanuloke, Phetchabun, Yasothon, Roi-et, Loei, Sra Kaew, Surin, Ang Thong, and Uttaradit.||Three hundred and thirty-five (THB 335) per day|
|The localities of Khamphang Phet, Chaiyaphum, Chumphon, Chiang Rai, Trang, Tak, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phichit, Phrae, Maha Sarakham, Mae Hong Son, Ranong, Ratchaburi, Lampang, Lamphun, Sri Sa Ket, Satun, Sing Buri, Sukhothai, Nong Bua Lamphu, Amnat Charoen, and Uthai Thani.||Three hundred and thirty-two (THB 332) per day|
|The localities of Narathiwat, Nan, Pattani, Yala, and Udon Thani.||Three hundred and twenty-eight Baht (THB 328) per day|
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Frequently asked questions
Is cannabis legal in Thailand?
The production of products containing cannabis is possible for foreign owned entities. However, this is subject to various different licence requirements and obligations depending on the type of product. For example, food products require a licence for food manufacturing from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Cultivation cannabis in thailand
There are no restrictions for the mass cultivation of cannabis as a business operation for Thai entities. Business owners are required to register cannabis cultivation with the FDA through the application “Plook Gan”. However, a foreign entity may be restricted from agricultural activities under the Thai Foreign Business Act.
Can I buy/sell cannabis to smoke with a THC level above 0.2%?
The current laws state that cannabis extracts with a THC level of above 0.2% are illegal. However, the definition of extract is still very unclear.
Generally speaking, cannabis extracts tend to be products made by mechanically extracting and refining parts of the cannabis plant. These extracts are then used to create products such as hash, oils and tinctures. Such extracts tend to contain much higher levels of THC etc than those found naturally in the plant.
Since only extracts with a THC level of >0.2% are considered illegal in Thailand, it seems as though natural leaves and flowers with a higher level of THC are not illegal and can be bought and sold via shops and dispensaries in Thailand.
It is important to note that it is possible to smoke cannabis recreationally in Thailand but only on private property. Smoking publicly is considered a public nuisance. Furthermore, private property does include restaurants and cafes, but they must have a designated place for smoking.
Setting Up a Cannabis Business in Thailand
Both, foreign owned companies and majority foreign owned companies incorporated in Thailand are prohibited from producing, selling, importing, exporting and possessing cannabis.
Distribution of cannabis is only available to companies established under Thai law that have Thai nationals who:
- own at least two-thirds of the company capital and;
- hold at least two-thirds of the director positions.
However, if you satisfy the above criteria and have both ⅔ of the ownership and positions on the board held by Thai nationals, it is indeed possible for your company to produce and sell cannabis and associated products (such as tinctures with less than 0.2% THC).
How to obtain a Cannabis licence in Thailand?
Eligible applicants for a licences relating to cannabis in Thailand include Thai citizens, companies registered under Thai law (with at least two-thirds of directors, partners, or shareholders being Thai nationals), and community enterprises governed under the Community Enterprise Act B.E. 2548 (2005).
For a company, the representative whose name appears on the application (and license, if successful), must be a Thai national who is at least 20 years old, they must also have a domicile or office in Thailand, and must fulfil the basic requirements of legal capacity (i.e., competency) and financial solvency. The representative also cannot be the holder of a licence that is currently suspended or has been revoked under Thailand’s laws on narcotics or psychotropic substances. Finally, they cannot have received a criminal sentence for any violation of these laws.
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