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Do you need a WP to work as a YouTuber in Thailand ?

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Does it depend on whether you have enough subscribers to be paid by Google ?

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Quite a few people doing this at present who are on amnesty and some others who were doing it before amnesty but on other visas. It's very grey area that has never been addressed.

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if you get paid and money go in a thai bank you will need to declare taxes
you cannot have a "paid" activity on a tourist visa btw

thai law is very tricky and so complex

 

let say Youtuber is a grey activity



If you want I could ask Google Thailand about this (they may know something)
PM me
 

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There are hundreds of YouTube channels providing Thailand content and have been for many years and most earn some money. None of these YouTubers seems to have any problem with Immigration, Labor Dept. or Revenue Dept. That does not preclude problems if someone complains to the police, but highly unlikely.

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12 hours ago, impulse said:

The OP's asking the wrong question, leaving out the more important questions, and not providing enough information to get pertinent answers.

 

If he/she intends to live in Thailand on money made by being a Youtuber, a WP is required.  (There's some question whether a genuine tourist can legally post up Youtubes for money while on holiday in Thailand, but let's face it- after 6 months or so, is it really a holiday?  The Thai tax department doesn't seem to think so, but that's a different entity that doesn't seem to communicate with immigration or employment departments.)

 

The real questions are the odds of getting caught out, how to reduce the odds of getting caught out, how to maintain a legal visa/permission to stay status, and (lastly) the consequences if he does get caught out.

 

It would also be helpful to know the OP's current visa status, and plan for the future.  Because there really isn't a definitive answer.  It all depends...

 

Personally, I'd say go for it if that's what he needs to do to fund his Thailand adventure.  The worst that can happen (under recent laws that eliminated incarceration for WP violations) is that he gets kicked out of Thailand.  And the odds of that happening are small.  In which case, he'd still be no worse off than if he gave up without even trying it.

I'm referring to foreigners with a retirement visa, making YouTube videos on everything about Thailand.

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If it involves filming content in Thailand, or using Thai materials (cooking ingredients, you're doing Thai language etc), or using Thais in the videos, yes.

 

If it's all done inside your condo and is completely unrelated to Thais and Thailand, then no.

 

I've already dealt with the department of labor about this (not YouTube, remote online work that doesn't involve Thailand or Thais in anyway)

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Yes officially you do need a work permit , many seem to do it and get away with it . However it only takes one complaint to make things very difficult.

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If you monetize the content on a blog or vlog, and actively maintain it (upload comment etc) while in the country yes. 

 

If you have monetized content posted prior to entering the kingdom, and do nothing to it while in the kingdom, only collect the revenue then no (its residuals then not work). 

 

This is concerning work permits and totally separate from the issues of taxation. Which again depend on the above 2 criteria and the second category (residual) on if you bring the income into the kingdom in the year it is earned. This means someone could be a youtuber, come here and live purely off the residual, bring the money into the kingdom in the year it is earned and owe tax, without needing the work permit. 

So yes all crazy but unless your coming to someones attention 99.9 dont bother. My Mate Nate etc and some Thai specific ones became too high profile and had to. 

See clearly explained examples https://thethaiger.com/issues-answers/asked/is-uploading-videos-to-youtube-considered-work

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2 hours ago, JeffersLos said:

If it involves filming content in Thailand, or using Thai materials (cooking ingredients, you're doing Thai language etc), or using Thais in the videos, yes.

 

If it's all done inside your condo and is completely unrelated to Thais and Thailand, then no.

 

I've already dealt with the department of labor about this (not YouTube, remote online work that doesn't involve Thailand or Thais in anyway)

Did they put anything in writing as thats contrary to everything that they have officially commented on. 

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When you look at some youtubers videos, they are talking about their lives, which is fair enough .. be it aquaponics or growing morning glory, thats fine, some extend to visas and cost of living here, they are doing it from their own homes or rooms. Then you see some going out as travel reporters, you entering the domain of "citizen journalism" where you are on thin ice, surely, this "may" need a WP and some kind of press credentials, after approval from the necessary authorities.

 

We can say, thats never going to happen, but, I know someone who was warned at CNX airport, arriving from a tourist visa run, immigration told him "we know who you are, we saw you on youtube" - Then there was the vegan cyclist who was collard by the police after netizens complained about his behaviour damaging Thailands reputation. 

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6 hours ago, asiaexpat said:

There are hundreds of YouTube channels providing Thailand content and have been for many years and most earn some money. None of these YouTubers seems to have any problem with Immigration, Labor Dept. or Revenue Dept. 

 

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go to "20 seconds in Thailand on YouTube or look up Mark Weins on Facebook in Bangkok Thses are 2 Americans living in Thailand who use YouTube and Facebook Ask them

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