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


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4 minutes ago, Matzzon said:

 

@shadowofacloud I do 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?

My comment was a little bit tongue in cheek, probably even a bit provocative. 😉

Lazy Monday, sorry.

 

I don't believe they have the technological means to identify digital professionals (be it nomads with more ad-hoc jobs, or people working remotely on a full-time basis), I also don't believe they really care about this "demographic". So you are absolutely right.

 

As you've said, and it was mentioned multiple time in the threads on digital nomadism, they do not see this as work, as the influence on the local job market is extremely minor. Not many Thais could do my job, as the skill set required is hard to find even in some EU countries. If you add the language barrier (proficient English is an absolute must), then I really cannot see myself as any kind of competition for the locals. The illegal construction workers from Myanmar or Cambo (not that I have anything against them) are a much bigger problem in this context.

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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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2 hours ago, evadgib said:

What punishment can a Thai expect working cash-in-hand & not paying any taxes?

 

What's next for those of us that are (still) here legally?

I've never heard of that happening in the UK!😊

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4 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Right.....expect a SWAT team there next week.

I'm guessing you've been keeping tabs if you know there's definitely so many.

I was on phi phi a couple of years back and there were dozens of young white kids

working in and around the dive shops there and I would be surprised if they had permits.

 

I know 3 young guys who worked in dive schools who I know for sure didn't have permits.

The money wasn't great, covered/extended their holiday but still against the rules.

 

I'm not seething with anger at their actions, yet don't see a problem with the authorities

here enforcing their laws either.

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5 hours ago, steven100 said:

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 .....   ? 

There are more than that on TV, look at all the digital "nomads"

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4 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.

Like they are worried about a few thousand USD, see if you like the deportation too.

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21 minutes ago, yellowboat said:

More reasons to move to Vietnam, a more robust economy and you are not targeted.  More signs of poorly selected goals and objectives by the junta.   Xenophobia can be cut with a knife. 

Still need work permits there...and isn't it max three months then have to leave?....or can you stay and work there without any problems?, 

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11 minutes ago, FritsSikkink said:

Like they are worried about a few thousand USD, see if you like the deportation too.

Think bigger. It's not about the few thousand USD they would get from me.

 

If such a visa was introduced and promoted in relevant circles, they would be earning (tens of) millions USD pa. Remote work is a major trend in the workforce these days and is predicted to grow steadily in the next decade.

 

And being deported would be part of the fun - would most likely be stressful, but an interesting experience to reflect on in a while.

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