TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) License


TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) License

By: Magna Carta Law Office


In order to operate a Tourism Business in Thailand, TAT License must be obtained from the Bureau of Tourism Business and Guide Registration (TBGR), Office of Tourism Development. You will need to apply for a TAT License if your business provides or gives services in connection with tourism activities within and outside the Kingdom as follows:


  1. Tour business

  2. Tourist accommodation business

  3. Restaurants, service places and resorts for tourists

  4. Sale of souvenirs or other goods for tourists

  5. Sports for tourists

  6. Exhibitions, shows, trade fairs, promotional advertisement or any other activities with the aim of encouraging and promoting tourism


Travel and tour guide business is a restricted activity under the Foreign Business Act. A foreigner who is aiming to provide tourism-related goods and services will have to incorporate a Juristic Person or a Thai Limited Company to apply for a TAT License.


In order to qualify for a TAT License, a Limited Company must meet the following conditions:


  1. The Tourism Business must have an office in Thailand.

  2. The Tourism Business must be officially registered under Thai laws having the objective of running a tourism-related business.

  3. At least 51% of the company shares shall be held by Thai natural persons.

  4. The majority of its directors shall be Thai natural persons.

  5. The authorized director(s) must possess the following qualifications:

    1. Must be a Thai National

    2. Must not be less than 20 years of age

    3. Must have a residence in the Kingdom of Thailand

    4. Must not be bankrupt

    5. Must not be an incompetent or quasi-incompetent person

  6. The Tourism Business must not have had a TAT License suspended or revoked. If the license has been revoked, the revocation must not have occurred within the last 5 years.


Basic information and documents required in support of a TAT License Application

  1. Company documents
  2. ID Card and Tabien Baan (House book) of the Director of the company
  3. Security Deposit
  4. Picture of the company premises
  5. Proof of office building ownership


After your application has been approved, you are required to provide a security deposit which can be in the form of cash, bank security letter, and government or state enterprise bond, in an amount as stated below:


Specific Area                          10,000 Baht

Domestic                                 50,000 Baht

International (Inbound)        100,000 Baht

International (Outbound)     200,000 Baht


The application will take approximately 1 month to process upon full and complete submission of the supporting documents. During the consideration period, the operator is prohibited from commencing business. Anyone who violates this rule may be fined.


The TAT License is valid for 2 years from the date of issue and it must be renewed within 120 days prior to its expiry date. In the event of the dissolution of the Tourism Business, the license must be returned within 30 days prior to its expiry date.