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Working in ThailandWorking in Thailand

In order to be allowed to work in Thailand, foreigners must be in possession of a valid work permit. However, this is only granted if the foreigner has a qualification which is required in Thailand. Details are described in the "Alien Employment act". There is a long detailed list of forbidden occupations for foreigners. The Board of Investment (BOI) facilitates the process of obtaining a work permit for investors with sufficient investments. This also applies to the foreign personnel of foreign companies.

A condition for the distribution of a work permit is an existing "Non immigrant visa type B" or a permanent "Residence Permit".

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand
Non-Immigrant Visum Type B:

The work permit is authorised dependent upon activity and job. In practice, the first step is to find an employer. Then a work permit can be requested for this specific job. An application for a new work permit must follow with a change of job, even if it is the exact same occupation.

Board of Investment of Thailand
Work Permits:

Jobs in Thailand

Restricted professions for foreigners

  • Labor
  • Work in agriculture, animal breeding, forestry, fishery or general farm supervision
  • Masonry, carpentry, or other construction work
  • Wood carving
  • Driving motor vehicles or non-motorized carriers, except for piloting international aircraft
  • Shop attendant
  • Auctioneering
  • Supervising, auditing or giving services in accounting, except occasional international auditing
  • Gem cutting and polishing
  • Hair cutting, hair dressing and beautician work
  • Hand weaving
  • Mat weaving or making of wares from reed, rattan, kenaf, straw or bamboo pulp
  • Manufacture of manual fibrous paper
  • Manufacture of lacquerware
  • Thai musical instrument production
  • Manufacture of nielloware
  • Goldsmith, silversmith and other precious metal work
  • Manufacture of bronzeware
  • Thai doll making
  • Manufacture of mattresses and padded blankets
  • Alms bowl making
  • Manual silk product making
  • Buddha image making
  • Manufacture of knives
  • Paper and cloth umbrella fabrication
  • Shoemaking
  • Hat making
  • Brokerage or agency work, except in international business
  • Dressmaking
  • Pottery or ceramics
  • Manual cigarette rolling
  • Legal or litigation service
  • Clerical or secretarial work
  • Manual silk reeling and weaving
  • Thai character type-setting
  • Hawking business
  • Tourist guide or tour organizing agency
  • Architectural work
  • Civil engineering work

All data is provided without guarantee!
I, the operator of (Heinz Klaus Thiesen), have no business connection with the enterprises specified above. I therefore take no responsibility for the information supplied by the enterprises specified above. The contributions represent my own personal opinion.

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