Law & Taxes

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 […]

Migrant workers in Phuket warned of June 30 registration deadline

Migrant workers in Phuket warned of June 30 registration deadline

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PHUKET: The Minister of Labour has reiterated that all workers from Cambodian, Lao and Myanmar including in Phuket must be registered to work by June 30. After June 30 those caught working illegally in Thailand will be fined between B5,000 and B50,000, deported and banned from re-applying for a work […]

Excise tax shakes up Phuket wine sales

Excise tax shakes up Phuket wine sales

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PHUKET: The new regime of excise tax on alcohol introduced last year has hit the island with blank shelf space in stores evidencing specific product lines of wines drying up as the market recalibrates demand for wine products under the new tax-affected prices. The current effects felt in the retail […]

Opening a representative office in Thailand just got easier

Opening a representative office in Thailand just got easier

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A Representative Office allows the foreign investor to evaluate potential market opportunities without the need to establish a subsidiary in Thailand. Thus, it provides an interesting “vehicle” for foreign investors who may be considering entering the Thai market. Thailand has recently made the set-up process of such an office more […]