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2020: Crackdown on tourists working without work permits - 50K fines and deportation awaits


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As a happy digital professional, working remotely from TH for a few months every year*, I say: come get me!   It really would be a fun experience, something to write about in a few years, pl

Dont get caught cleaning your windows

I'm amazed that this would be a big deal, as i wouldn't suspect too many foreigners on tourist visa's working in Thailand .....  maybe a few but certainly not a hundred or even 30 .....   ? 

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This isn’t so bad, it just means all those people with nice cars, houses, establishments ,etc .... have to have all the right documents in order for their foreign workers; it always goes bOth ways......🤪

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

Jail terms and fines of up to 200,000 baht await employers while tourists caught working without the necessary paperwork could face a 50,000 baht fine and deportation. 

That explains the recently-awarded contract to build a big extension at the IDC.

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40 minutes ago, Old Croc said:

Most countries have special category visas for people temporarily working within their borders. Entertainers, sportspeople, businessmen, etc.

I believe Thailand also has these visas.

I think this is about people working illegally while on tourist visas. 

yes this is true, germany even has an eSport visa now.

 

Thailand has only the non-b visa with work permit, only this is excluded from having to need a work permit: 

 

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Originally, the Decree provided that foreigners who enter Thailand occasionally for the purpose of attending meetings shall not be required to apply for work permits.  The amendment to the Decree broadens that list of activities to be exempt from a work permit to include:

 

  • organizing or attending a meeting, conference, or lecture; issuing expressions of opinion, or presenting at a meeting, training, workshop, or seminar; performing art and cultural activities; or participating in sports competitions or any activities to be prescribed by the Council of Ministers;
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  • establishing a business or making an investment, or possessing knowledge, ability, or a high level of skill (“high level of skills” – see KPMG Note section), which will be beneficial to Thailand’s development, as prescribed by the Council of Ministers; and
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  • serving as a representative of a foreign juristic person licensed to operate business under the foreign business law. 

 

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such as models, foreign coaches or foreign footballers who will play in the Thai league Must apply for a work permit in the same criteria as migrants who come to work in the country.

 

 

Lol i wonder how many foreign football stars are playing in the thai league without work permit??? ...

 

This whole thing just sounds made up to me, someone has nothing better to do than giving non sense interviews... 

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4 minutes ago, Filipplenoir said:

I think it only applies to those paid by Thai companies. If you sit on the beach and write website codes and get paid from overseas into your foreign bank account then you are invincible

Yeah, exactly the case (apart from the "website codes" ;-)).

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2 hours ago, SoilSpoil said:

It the modus operandi of most schools here in Thailand. When coming from abroad, you get a tourist visa first, start working as a teacher and after probation the school will apply for work permit.

 

Wonder how Thailand will find the 'needed' foreign teachers with this new crackdown.

It doesn't sound like they're targeting schools who do this.  While technically illegal, it's common practice for teachers to teach while they're paperwork is being sorted out, although sending them out to get a B visa first is preferable.

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3 hours ago, BobBKK said:

Don't dare kick a ball

3 hours ago, ChipButty said:

Dont get caught cleaning your windows

2 hours ago, shadowofacloud said:

As a happy digital professional, working remotely from TH for a few months every year*, I say: come get me!

 

It really would be a fun experience, something to write about in a few years, plus the maximum fine of 50k isn't a major issue (most likely 5-10k under the table would solve the problem anyway).

 

[*] on tourist visas, of course. If the indolent authorities came up with a proper visa+work permit scheme for digital professionals (say, 1k usd pa), they would already be a few thousand USD richer.

The crackdown is not about anything you guys are talking about. As the two top comments are totally useless and irrelevant, they are not worth getting into.

 

@shadowofacloud Ido not know how you believe they can crack down on you for that. Your occupation is not mentioned as something that is regarded as work in Thailand, either in the Labour Law/Labuor Act or in the Immigration Act.

Therefore they can not put any liability on you, due to that they do not recognize digital nomads and working remotely on Internet as a description of work in any of the acts.

Really! If they actually oculd do this, by enforcing the law. Don´t you think it would have been done long time ago?

 

 

 

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