ANNOUNCEMENT 27 Mar 2018

In March 2018, the Thai government announced amendments to the Royal Decree on Managing the Work of Aliens issued in June 2017. This follows the Thai government's July 2017 implementation of temporary measures to suspend various penalties in the Decree to prevent foreign workflow flight. Amendments include the reimplementation of penalties at a lower rate and increased reporting by employers and foreign employees to officials.

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SOURCE

Baker McKenzie, New Amendments to the Work Permit Law and New Notification Requirements for Employers and Employees. Available at: https://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/insight/publications/2018/04/new-amendments-to-the-work-permit-law

Inception date: 28 Mar 2018 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

In March 2018, the Thai government announced amendments to the Royal Decree on Managing the Work of Aliens issued in June 2017. The amendments seek to relax the requirements needed for foreigners to work in Thailand.

In particular, the definition of "work" has now been widened. Previously, it focused only on the performance within a profession. Now, it expands the term to the provision of professional services, whether or not under the employment of an employer.

Foreigners who are already present in Thailand, or engaging in business activities or representing a foreign entity which was granted a foreign business license under the Foreign Business Act, will not be subjected to the 2017 Decree.

In addition, it is now easier to apply for a work permit online.

New amendments to penalties have been included, following the Thai government's July 2017 implementation of temporary measures to suspend various penalties in the Decree to prevent foreign workflow flight. Now, the penalties are still applicable, albeit at a maximum rate of half the penalties cited in the 2017 Royal Decree.

In addition, employers and foreign employees are now required to increase their reporting obligations to the authorities.

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