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Working in Thailand

Working 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

Jobs in Thailand
Restricted professions for foreigners
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
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
Hat making
Brokerage or agency work, except in international business
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

Immigrating to Thailand
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Moving to Thailand
Climate of Thailand
Land and houses in Thailand   
Bringing dogs and cats to Thailand
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