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Is it legal to be a digital nomad in CM?

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I read on another thread ''Actually, you’re the fool. The head of Chiang Mai immigration said digital nomads were welcome in Chiang Mai and did not need a work permit if they are not doing business with Thais. This is why so many are in Chiang Mai.''

 

Is this correct or B.S? 

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The only thing that might prove a problem is if you bring earnings from this years income into LOS which may be taxable, but I somehow doubt that will be an issue!

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If you go down this road and anyone asks what you're doing for coin, suggest keeping it to yourself and use a paid-for VPN. Say you've got a rich daddy, getting money from overseas stocks or whatever. Would also avoid tourist visas.

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3 minutes ago, daveAustin said:

Would also avoid tourist visas.


Why?

They are cheap, fast, require no complicated documents, get you 90 days in the country, and you can easily use two or three of them every year. Even doing a couple of them back to back is no problem. Visa waivers might be a problem for that, but actual tourist visas are terrific.

If you are talking about staying in Thailand 365 days a year, sure, you probably need something like an ed visa, but doesn't that squander the main DN advantage of being able to move around?

No sane person would stay in Chiang Mai, anyway, for the third of the year when 2.5 PM is above safe levels.

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It is illegal to earn any money whether online or offline in Thailand while you are on tourist visa or retirement.

 

Tourists are supposed to visit tourist places and spending money not doing work on their website and earning money.

 

If somebody reports the person working online in Thailand, then that person is in trouble. I've seen quite a few promoting and selling 'retirement' books and videos.

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, EricTh said:

It is illegal to earn any money whether online or offline in Thailand while you are on tourist visa or retirement.

 

Tourists are supposed to visit tourist places and spending money not doing work on their website and earning money.

 

If somebody reports the person working online in Thailand, then that person is in trouble. I've seen quite a few promoting and selling 'retirement' books and videos.

 

 

 

 

Who told you it is "illegal to earn any money online in Thailand while you are on retirement."?

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You can only be a digital nomad while on holiday in Thailand. If you renew your tourist visa and they suspect you are a DN, you will be buying a ticket out of the country.

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Is it legal to be a digital nomad in CM?

The short answer is that it doesn't matter if it is CM or Thailand the answer would be NO.  However, many are able to do it.  Personally I would just stay in Thailand a few months out of the year and spend the remainder of the time somewhere else.  Who wants to be in Thailand during the hot season of March, April, and May?  

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2 hours ago, Winky Wilson said:

You can only be a digital nomad while on holiday in Thailand. If you renew your tourist visa and they suspect you are a DN, you will be buying a ticket out of the country.

How many times has that actually happened to DNs?

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