05Oct/18

Thai Work Permit Changes Means More Opportunities for Foreign Workers

Chief of the Phuket Provincial Employment Office Kattiya Pandech has confirmed that foreigners holding Thai work permits are now free to work for any employer in almost any field in Thailand, thanks to new provisions which are now in effect. Previously, foreign workers were required to abide by a number of regulations and restrictions on their work permit; they were only allowed to work in Thailand based on the location, type of work, and employer listed on their permit.

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Work Anywhere in Thailand:

If you’re considering moving to Thailand for work, the new permit rules may benefit you since you will have the freedom to work in any profession, location and for any employer. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that certain careers are off limits for foreign visitors to Thailand. These include most manual labor jobs, legal counselling and tour guiding amongst 25 more. As long as your work falls outside of these restrictions and you have the correct work permit and visa, you can make an income doing almost anything during your stay.

Current Work Permit Holders:

The new rules also apply to current Thai work permit holders. Around sixteen thousand physical work permits have been issued to foreign workers in Thailand between March and July of this year, which still list the previous restrictions. Kattiya highlighted that Note 2 can now be disregarded. This states that work permit holders shall engage and perform works in only the particular category of work with the … Read More