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Phuket Expats Face Tougher Work-Permit Criteria

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many of the Thai owners (thai chinese) of hotels and restaurants use burmese workers and they are clearly illegal immigrants without work permits. but no one complains.

many complain, just no one listens :)

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They'll put a few competitors out of business, gather up some tea money and take over a few foreigner built businesses they've been coveting for a while.

Then it will all be over.

Until next time.

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RT @RichardBarrow: 8,635 foreigners in Phuket have work permits: British 1,169 people, Filipinos 668, Russians 646 & French 554.

Sounded a lot at first but its only 3037 Farang and that leaves 5598 presumably all Thai------- not a bad share when you consider all the scams and corruption that comes from them------ Dougal the Kiwi

What are you talking about? Thais dont need work permits!!!

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Too many hangers on here spoiling it for honest and upright ex pats.

......and I'm sure you consider yourself in the second group.

What a pompous attitude.

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Interesting, can you tell me where you go to get my blood test done for the medical (which you need for the WP) ?

My "Medical Certificate" for all those dreaded diseases was handed over by the local "Doctor's" receptionist. Pre-signed form. No "Doctor" on the premises so I guess that is why it was so cheap at 30Baht.

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8,635 foreigners in Phuket have work permits: British 1,169 people, Filipinos 668, Russians 646 & French 554.

It's "New" Math. It's the same math used by TAT to get ever-increasing tourist numbers even during floods, demonstrations, coupes, etc.

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Why would a tour group from Russia go with a Thai who can't speak any Russian vs a Russian tour guide who can speak both Russian and Thai to get his tour the best in a short holiday? Don't expect these Russian tourists to know any Thai and probably very little English, if the Thai tour guides want the business from the Russians they better learn their language so they can give these people an enjoyable holiday, most are probably only here for a short stay and want it to be as much fun as possible. When anyone goes to a foreign country on holiday they don't go there for a language course they want to enjoy the warm weather and the sea. Warning to the Thais, keep screwing over the tourists and they never come back here, there's other near by countries that are gearing up to take the business away from you.

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Interesting, can you tell me where you go to get my blood test done for the medical (which you need for the WP) ?

My "Medical Certificate" for all those dreaded diseases was handed over by the local "Doctor's" receptionist. Pre-signed form. No "Doctor" on the premises so I guess that is why it was so cheap at 30Baht.

While this was common in the past, the syphilis test actually require bllod to be drawn and tested (if it's a legit test). In Bangkok hospitals, expect to pay between 300 & 800 baht.

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the medical used to cost 30 baht (NOT NOW) and has ALWAYS been required for a WP (many times not asked for but it is required) ...I had to provide a medical cert over 20 years ago most prob the labor dept just could not see the point and have been told to be more strict and ask for all required paperwork due to the whu-ha in Phuket at the moment

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What about when tour guides not showing up for work or are late as usual , send your customers home ,close your company and eventually put the rest of your employees out of work too?

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Why on earth would any foreigner want to do business in Thailand? Seriously Thailand is good for one thing and one thing only and after you've kick that out in the morning you really should leave it at that.

As for investing money in business or property you need to have your head examined prior to this act of stupidity.

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She said her officials had also publicised information that the foreigners were not permitted to work in certain professions, such as tour guide, masseur, or laundry person. Those caught violating these restrictions face a Bt5,000 fine.

What about hundreds of russian tour guides working in Russian owned (via Thai proxy) companies?

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Why would a tour group from Russia go with a Thai who can't speak any Russian vs a Russian tour guide who can speak both Russian and Thai to get his tour the best in a short holiday? Don't expect these Russian tourists to know any Thai and probably very little English, if the Thai tour guides want the business from the Russians they better learn their language so they can give these people an enjoyable holiday, most are probably only here for a short stay and want it to be as much fun as possible. When anyone goes to a foreign country on holiday they don't go there for a language course they want to enjoy the warm weather and the sea. Warning to the Thais, keep screwing over the tourists and they never come back here, there's other near by countries that are gearing up to take the business away from you.

It works like this, for all over the world:

You bring your own tour guide from your country, who meets tourists in Airport of origin country, gives them information and travels with them. Then they meet a local tour guide, who assists the other tour guide in everything. No matter where you are going, it's been like this for a long time. They need to bring their russian tour guide (1 for every 50 or more people) with them from Russia and use a local Thai guide to assist.

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Only Laissez-faire capitalism works. Protectionism by regulation is inefficient and doesn't work.

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