Fast Approval fir Filming in Thailand
Permission to Film
Permission to film in Thailand is granted by the Film Board of Thailand which meets every week, ensuring fast approval.
Application for Permission
Application for permission may be submitted to
The Film Board Secretariat
7th Floor, The Public Relations Department,
Soi Aree Samphan, RamaVI Road,
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tel. (662) 618-2323 ext. 1718, 1719, 1721
Fax: (662) 618-2364, 618-2372
Applications may also be submitted to the Royal Thai Embassy, office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, or the Thai Trade Promotion Office in your country.
List of equipment
Name list of film crew
For feature films, allow about 14 days for approval, as the Film Board has to study the script. For short commercial advertisement films, documentary films, and still pictures, the application goes to the weekly meeting of the Film Board for approval. The Film Board meets once a week, usually on Wednesday.
The permit entitles the holder to film in public places in Thailand. Permit holder still needs approval from responsible agencies to film in such areas as national parks, historical sites, Government offices, and others. For more detail, contact the Film Board Secretariat. The permit, however, is a good document that will help the holder to obtain approval from responsible offices.
A number of agencies in Thailand have experience in helping foreign film makers to go through procedures. If you have never made films in Thailand before, it may be helpful to use their service, but this is not obligatory.
Officials assigned by the Film Board will be with the film crew while in Thailand. They will help the film crew should there be any problems, and they will also give advice on do's and don'ts. Film makers are required to pay 2,000 baht per day to the official, plus travel expense, accommodation and food.
At the rate of between 5% and 37% for individuals (depending on the amount earned), and at 30% of net profit for corporate, Thailand's income tax rate is relatively low.
Films taken out of the country are subject to export tax of 100 baht per 100 metres.
No Double Taxation
Thailand is legislated under the double taxation treaties with many countries. The treaty is designed to prevent film makers from double taxation.
A.T.A. Carnet Law
Thailand is an A.T.A. Carnet member country. Temporary admission is allowed for production equipment provided it is brought out of the country after the filming is finished.