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BANGKOK 23 January 2019 22:34
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Seven foreigners arrested over illegal pre-wedding photo shoots in Phuket

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These well organised, well equipped photographers and their quite substantial entourage are everywhere conducting a very lucrative wedding business. They must be as dumb as a rock not to have work permits in place ... or perhaps they thought they were untouchable. 

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3 hours ago, Jimi007 said:


No one can work on a tourist visa or retirement visa. And a work permit is required for most everything, including volunteer work.

Wouldn't she/he should be able to apply for a visa as a temporary carer to a foreign visitor 

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If the are chinese and resident in Thailand then they would clearly be breaking the law by working as they would be contracting in Thailand.  However if they were contracted in China and work normally in China then they are only visiting as part of the bridal party to take photographs.  They are being contracted to take photos in Thailand but would be paid for and sell their work in China - no different say to a british newspaper photographer

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4 hours ago, anterian said:

So based on this if an infirm foreigner visits Thailand with his private nurse, on tourist visas, that nurse would be breaking the law. 

Some Chinese even hire Husband or wife for short term. How to get work permit for them in Thailand ?

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So this should entice the Chinese back. Have they any idea, how much money Thailand is/was making on these weddings??? They are total idiots. So now we need to find a Thai who has a professional license to take photographs? Who of course will need to buy a license, like all the other professionals here in Thailand!!! Apart I have to save to say, the medical staff. Like the professional skippers and engineers, who buy their licenses? Then go out in storms, in a boat, they have no idea how to skipper, or repair!  that has been passed as safe commercial vessel, by a professional Thai inspector!! Killing 45 people??? Well done Thailand!!!!🤔😂

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37 minutes ago, IamNoone88 said:

These well organised, well equipped photographers and their quite substantial entourage are everywhere conducting a very lucrative wedding business. They must be as dumb as a rock not to have work permits in place ... or perhaps they thought they were untouchable. 

they cannot ever get work permits for performing professional photography. It is restricted to Thais. There are plenty of Thais who work in this profession. The chinese wedding groups would have had to relent to hiring Thais to do the shots.

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4 hours ago, anterian said:

So based on this if an infirm foreigner visits Thailand with his private nurse, on tourist visas, that nurse would be breaking the law. 

The photographers weren't travelling with the newly weds. They were contracted to perform a service specifically in Thailand.

 

4 hours ago, webfact said:

They have been conducting work contracted in China.

If someone was coming to Thailand, travelling with a nurse/companion, they probably would go unnoticed, assuming the nurse/companion wasn't actively running a nurse/companion business from a beach in Phuket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, LuukKoeyKorat said:

Why not call them Chinese rather than foreigners?

Foreigners (falangs) should be a term strictly reserved for whitey-round-eye-big-noses. The rest are illegal Asian aliens that are guilty of all the crime and stealing all the low-paid jobs from the hard-working Thais. Or drug dealers from the dark continent of course.

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What about tour leader from China ?  The one who carries a flag and leads the contingent of Chinese along Walking Street of Pattaya.  The tourist police should have them arrested immediately.

 

There are loads of Chinese and Russian holding themselves out as estate agents, a job that is reserved for Thais only.  Rein them in.

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1 hour ago, rexall said:

While I am not a lawyer or any sort of expert, my sense is that technically, the nurse would be breaking the law, and assuming that if the cops cared enough or were pissed at her for some reason, she could get arrested.

Similarly, my guess is that anyone here writing a book, for example, would also be breaking the law.  It would be a "perfect crime" unless the cops confiscated the manuscript and said "Ah ha! You despicable foreigner. This is a travel blog, not letters to your Aunt Martha!  Come quietly or do we have to mess you up?"

If my memory serves correctly, following the tsunami in 2004, some foreign volunteer aid workers were arrested (maybe told to go home and that they  could do volunteer work).  Can anyone confirm that?

Yep you are right and the ones that stayed had to get a work permit 

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4 hours ago, Pattaya46 said:

The article didn't say that they (all) are Chinese,

just that "they have been conducting work contracted in China"

Ok, I'll bite; they were French. 

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Another nail in the coffin I would imagine this will get around social media

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