The Thai Department of Employment issued an announcement on March 6, 2015, declaring the types of work-related activities that are not classified as “work” under Thailand’s Alien Working Act B.E. 2551 (2008). With immediate effect, various activities, including attending a meeting or seminar, attending an exhibition or trade fair, attending a lecture, etc. will not require application for a work permit. This should help to ease some of the administrative burdens on companies and makes it simpler and more convenient for business travelers to enter Thailand for certain work-related purposes.
The Thai Department of Employment issued an announcement on March 6, 2015, declaring the types of work-related activities that are not classified as “work” under Thailand’s Alien Working Act B.E. 2551 (2008).1
With immediate effect, the following activities will not require application for a work permit:
It is important that immigration and global mobility professionals, and employees traveling to Thailand for business, understand that a business traveler or foreign individual who comes to Thailand for such activities – as noted above – no longer requires work authorization. This should therefore help to ease some of the administrative burdens on companies and makes it simpler and more convenient for business travelers or foreign individuals to enter the country when participating in or undertaking the above-noted activities.
The revision to the list of permissible activities not requiring a work permit aligns with new government policy aimed to encourage foreign companies to set up a Regional Headquarters (“ROH”) in Thailand.
Business travelers may come to Thailand using any type of visa (the visa exemption scheme, visa-on-arrival, or a non-immigrant “B” visa) to perform the above-noted activities. However, it is advisable to strictly limit their activities so they fall into the above list. A foreigner is still required to apply for a work permit or an urgent work permit if he or she participates in any activities that fall outside the types described above.
1 See (in Thai): http://wp.doe.go.th/wp/images/law/3/notice11032558.pdf (PDF 41.9 KB).
For related coverage, see Flash International Executive Alert 2014-082 (PDF 42.9 KB), August 14, 2014
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