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Telling Immigration officers you work online, if questioned at border

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Just saw in a Bangkok facebook group this report...

You saw it, but did you believe it?

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Just saw in a Bangkok facebook group this report...

You saw it, but did you believe it?

I did, it reminded me of other anecodotal reports on Thaivisa:

When I got my last visa I was asked how I supported myself I told them I work on line and showed them statements confirming I was paid into my UK account, they were happy with this and gave me a visa. I've got no interest in being "under the radar"

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/749038-with-a-thai-elite-visa-can-a-person-work-legally-as-a-digital-nomad/page-7#entry8314920

Also the blog owner who posted the report is quite well known and has been featured in major Thai media.

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Interesting. Whilst obviously it's only one official's interpretation, it does add to the increasing anecdotal evidence that the authorities are unconcerned about online workers.

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In general I doubt they will be concerned,... yet. The original issue of working and visas revolved around NOT taking jobs from Thais. So working on line probably is not a player there. If one is clearly not just touristing about as things like the tourist visa by default expect, but is instead residing here and using the tourist visa as a means to stay long term in the country, well that might be a bit stickier. Taxation might raise an issue. Even though money is going to the UK or USA account or wherever, the work is being done in Thailand. Somebody will make an argument and enforce or monitor something at some point. Staying long long term on tourist visa, living in the same long term rental at a steep discount is not what the Tourist folks generally have in mind. How any of these arguments will fare when bounced against the simple argument "hey, I am here and spending money in Thailand", only time will tell

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Labor maybe says it is OK to work online on a tourist visa.

Immigration maybe says that it is OK to work online on a tourist visa.

But MFA is the authority that issues the tourist visa.


All tourist visa application forms either ask that you state your purpose when entering the Kingdom on a tourist visa or that you declare that you are not working in any occupation or profession while you are in the Kingdom on a tourist Visa.


So MFA -- especially in cancelling a double entry Tourist visa obtained in countries bordering Thailand -- seems now to have their say on the issue by making it more difficult for you to stay long-time in Thailand on a succession of Tourist Visas whether you are working online or not.

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Looks like the guy had a 3x entry visa issued in UK (75 GBP). So much for that.

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I was going to post this story earlier on, but I forgot, watching football instead. The guy, Harvie - a farang abroad, makes his money online, not in Thailand, ebooks and other websites. It would seem that immigration are questioning people on tourist visas now, especially if you have been in the country over 6 months on a tourist visa.

I sent a friend of mine a link to this article and he said a teacher from his school was held for 5 hours at Don Muang because he was on a tourist visa this weekend.

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Staying long long term on tourist visa, living in the same long term rental at a steep discount is not what the Tourist folks generally have in mind. How any of these arguments will fare when bounced against the simple argument "hey, I am here and spending money in Thailand", only time will tell

HA HA HA! "Steep discount"...since when farangs have gotten that kind of deals in Thailand?! More like the exact opposite.

Some people just do not like remote workers no matter what. They absolutely hate the fact the world has changed and where you work from does not matter that much anymore.

For Thailand it is a win-win situation. Money coming in, 5-15 times of average Thai salary per month. No obligations to pay anything back, like social security or even hospital bills.

Let's say 53 year old remote worker and 53 year old early retiree, both receiving the same amount of money per month...are you honestly going to say that 53 year old retiree is somehow more valuable to Thailand or his home country than that still working other guy?!

Apart from the fact that the digital nomad is not paying tax here like all the other legal workers.

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And I bet, if you could get access to the tax records....he does not pay any tax in his home country either.

Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

For some people It is also a way of life.

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