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New Work Permit rules confirmed by Phuket Employment Office Chief

New Work Permit rules confirmed by Phuket Employment Office Chief

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The Chief of the Phuket Provincial Employment Office, Kattiya Pandech, has confirmed to The Phuket News this week that new provisions issued by Royal Decree in March are in effect, allowing foreigners with work permits to legally work in any field, anywhere in the country, for any employer as long […]

DSI crackdown on foreigners using Thai nominees: Law firm raided in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui

DSI crackdown on foreigners using Thai nominees: Law firm raided in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui

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Four offices of the same investment advisory firm have been raided in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui. Coordinated raids on the offices of what appears to be a single advisory firm were conducted by the DSI (Department of Special Investigations), police and Board of Investment representatives. Pictures showed that the company is […]

Phuket officials ordered to crack down on price fraud

Phuket officials ordered to crack down on price fraud

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PHUKET: Local officials have been ordered to strictly check price tags and products in stores across the island to protect consumers from price fraud and being taken advantage of. The order came from Phuket Provincial Office Chief (Palad) Sakchai Kunanawatchaidej at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Aug 10) at the second […]

Royal Decree blows work permits wide open

Royal Decree blows work permits wide open

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PHUKET: Last month in part one on our series on Thailand’s new foreign labour law we explained that the new law allows foreigners to work without a work permit in some limited but significant circumstances. Also noted in our first report was how the very definition of work had been […]

Tourism operators suggest visa-fee waiver to counter cancelled bookings

Tourism operators suggest visa-fee waiver to counter cancelled bookings

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As the cancellations of accommodation and tour bookings from Chinese tourists continue to rack up, local tourism operators are urging the Government to be pro-active in trying to restore confidence. Vichit Prakobkosol, the President of the Association of Thai Travel Agents is calling for the Thai government to waive visa […]

Phuket hotels deny worker crackdown brings pressure

Phuket hotels deny worker crackdown brings pressure

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PHUKET: Leading figures in Phuket’s tourism hospitality industry have played down the impact of the new regulations on migrant labour ordering employers to hire four Thais for every one foreign worker employed, saying that it will have little to no effect on the island’s hotel, resort and restaurant sectors. The […]

After the ‘Phoenix’, Commerce Ministry ramps up nominee audits

After the ‘Phoenix’, Commerce Ministry ramps up nominee audits

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PHUKET: In the wake of the Phoenix tour boat disaster which killed 47 Chinese tourists, the Commerce Ministry has vowed to step up inspections of business owners, particularly in tourism as well as property, to expose foreign operators using Thai nominees. The campaign follows the Phoenix boat tragedy on July 5, which […]

Working without a work permit now possible

Working without a work permit now possible

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The general rule is that someone who is not a Thai citizen must obtain a work permit if he or she wants to work in Thailand. Recently, however, Thailand has made a few significant exceptions to this general rule, as well as, some other notable changes to the foreign work […]

Airbnb pushes for Hotel Act rethink

Airbnb pushes for Hotel Act rethink

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Mich Koh, head of public policy in Southeast Asia for Airbnb, said its regional team will meet with Thai officials next Tuesday (July 3) to discuss tourism growth and how the company can help drive the sector in Thailand. Airbnb, an online marketplace and hospitality service for people to lease […]

Law and Order: Tangled Thai defamation laws

Law and Order: Tangled Thai defamation laws

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Living in the Land of Smiles you need to mind your Ps & Qs, as an expat, tourist, company or just about anyone actually. Thai defamation laws can be used to silence people, even in the most innocuous situations. It’s different from the West and, living here, you need to […]