Plan Early

Give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks to plan. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right professionals for your deposition.

Depo Venues

Depositions in Thailand can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.

Local Court Reporters

We have local court reporters in Thailand, which means little to no travel costs for you.

Visa Requirements

U.S. passport holders may enter Thailand for up to 30 days for tourism. However, a business visa is required for U.S. passport holders who enter Thailand for business purposes, and there is a fee depending on the number of entries. Maximum stay for a business visa in Thailand is 90 days.

Hague Evidence Convention

Thailand is not a member of the Hague Evidence Convention. Find out more about the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

Useful Links

U.S. State Department
Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses
Blog article
How to Set Up a Deposition in Thailand: International Depo Tips
U.S. Embassy
Bangkok
U.S. Consulate General
Chiang Mai

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Video tips

Let our experts walk you through the process of setting up a deposition in Thailand.

How to set up a deposition in Thailand

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Thailand.

How to swear in a witness abroad

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, discusses essential tips and know-how to correctly administer the oath during an international deposition.

Case Study: Phuket

Beautiful View in Thailand

Challenge
An attorney with a wealthy and discriminating client needs to set up a deposition in a pleasing setting.
Solution
We dispatched our Thailand-based court reporter and legal videographer to the beautiful southern province of Phuket. Thanks to our insider knowledge of the area, we were able to organize a beautiful hotel conference room with an impressive view of the water.

Expert info, tips & advice

Sharing our over 17 years of international deposition experience with you.

Can I Depose a Willing Witness in Thailand?

Although not a party to the Hague Evidence Convention, Thailand allows the deposition of willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here at Optima Juris, we arrange depositions regularly in Thailand and are pleased to report a 100% success rate. This is the official statement from the U.S. Department of State website about taking voluntary depositions of willing witnesses in Thailand.

How to Set Up a Deposition in Thailand: International Depo Tips

In this segment of International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris we tackle how to set up a deposition in Thailand. Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, walks you through the legalities for setting up a U.S. deposition in Thailand. If you are a lawyer, paralegal, or legal professional looking to organize a deposition in Thailand, you will want to watch this video.

Infographic: 5 Tips for Swearing In a Witness Abroad

Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.

Essential international travel information for Thailand

Currency

Thailand uses the Thai Baht. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).

Weather

For the latest weather information in cities throughout Thailand visit weather.com.

General tipping

Tipping is not customary in Thailand and there is absolutely no mandatory requirement to tip anyone, but small gratuities for great service are very much appreciated. In all restaurants it is customary to leave behind any loose change in coins as a tip. In more upscale restaurants, with professional wait staff who provide excellent service, a larger tip of 5%-10% is quite common.

Holidays & observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in Thailand here: timeanddate.com/holidays/thailand/.

Health

Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Thailand. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Thailand country page or contact the Thailand Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

Major airports

Greater Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport, BKK

Bangkok and Nonthaburi, Don Mueang Airport, DMK

Chiang Mai and Lamphun, Chiang Mai International Airport, CNX

Chiang Rai, Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport, CEI

Rayong and Pattaya, U-Tapao International Airport, UTP

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