Thailand – Expanded List of Activities Considered “Not Working”

Thailand – Expanded List of Activities Considered “Not Working”

What has changed

Effective from March 13, 2015, Thailand’s Employment Department announced an expanded list of activities which are considered to be “not working” activities under Thailand’s Alien Occupation Act. Specified activities that are considered “not working” will no longer require an Urgent Work Permit (UWP).

Previously all business related activities, including attending meetings and seminars, required an UWP.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Foreigners traveling to Thailand for general business meetings or discussions

As a result of the expanded list of activities considered “not working”, the following activities no longer require work authorization:

  1. Attending a conference, gathering information, or seminars
  2. Visiting/viewing exhibitions or trade shows
  3. Visiting businesses or holding meeting discussions
  4. Attending special lectures and educational forums (audience participant)
  5. Attending technical training and seminars (audience participant)
  6. Buying products at a trade show
  7. Attending Board/or Directors Meeting in his/her own company

Business travelers to Thailand should be aware that some activities will still require an UWP, such as providing training, speaking at a conference, or representing a company at a trade show.

Foreigners traveling to Thailand to conduct business in one of the above activities may enter Thailand on a visa exempt or visa-on-arrival basis or on a Non-Immigrant B visa.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Emigra Worldwide recommends that careful advance discussion and consideration be made concerning the reason for the visit to Thailand if it does not clearly fall in the activities listed above.
  • It is recommended that if a foreigner is in Thailand for any of the “non working” activities listed, his/her activities should be strictly limited only to those specified.
  • Travelers to Thailand should also consider their need for a visa and the type of visa they may need for the specific activities they wish to engage in.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.