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Foreigners ‘must follow visa rules’

BANGKOK: The Royal Thai Police has instructed all relevant authorities, including the Immigration Bureau (IB) and Tourist Police, to ensure all foreign residents do not violate their visa conditions during their stay in the country.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 17 January 2023, 09:11AM

Atchayon: Warns of tough penalties. Photo: Bangkok Post

Atchayon: Warns of tough penalties. Photo: Bangkok Post

The instruction followed a complaint made by a food vendor along Bangkok’s Yaowarat Road about Chinese tourists running businesses using local nominees, which is a violation of the kingdom’s laws, reports the Bangkok Post.

Under current rules, foreign citizens on a tourist visa are not allowed to work in Thailand. Furthermore, there are certain jobs which expatriates are barred from taking up, which include tour guides and street food vendors.

RTP spokesman Pol Maj Gen Atchayon Kraithong said Chinese citizens can get a tourist visa on arrival, which allows them to stay in the country for no longer than 30 days. Those who are found to be violating the conditions of their stay will be deported and barred from re-entering the country, he said.

“The RTP and other relevant agencies will work to ensure these [visa] conditions are followed,” Pol Maj Gen Atchayon said.

Separately, deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said the government will continue to monitor and crack down on foreign residents using Thai nominees to run businesses in Thailand.

Foreigners who wish to run a food and beverage business in the country must acquire the required permit from the Department of Business Development. Any Thai co-investor in the business is also required to show proof that they have the means to invest in such a business.

“Thai citizens who are foreigners’ nominees face up to three years’ imprisonment and/or a fine between B100,000-1 million,” said Ms Ratchada.

She added that officials from DBD and the Labour Ministry regularly inspect foreign-owned businesses to ensure their compliance.

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Kurt | 18 January 2023 - 13:09:56

One, representing failing in work and corrupt till the bone organisation, must have a thick plate for the head to dare to address  tourists ( their bread winners) this way. It is unbelieveble shamefull thick skinned..

Pooliekev | 18 January 2023 - 12:23:11

So everybody believes Chuwit?? Okay, lets see, an ex-politician (!) and soapy massage owner who has little to do nowadays except cause 'issues.' Hmmmmm. 

JohnC | 18 January 2023 - 10:05:01

Perhaps if many Thais were not so greedy and quick to accept money for obviously dodgy business partnerships with foreigners this wouldn't be such an issue. They know what they are doing is against the law but don't care as long as they are well paid.

Kurt | 18 January 2023 - 07:37:14

Hilarious how Immigration derail attention from own corrupt functioning. Linked to triad visa racket. Tuhao case, with follow up cases against high Immigration officers connected. Work with visa agents, so that foreigners not have to report in person ( that is a crime), agents pay them well under the table. Applicant pays agent 12-20,000 per visa. 4-5,000 of it goes to Immigration.  

Capricornball | 17 January 2023 - 17:32:47

I'm inclined to think that nearly all foreigners know this. The main concerns are the one's that know, but still blow it off and do as they damn well please, in which case it is pointless to warn foreigners that they need to behave. It is more important for Immigration to go after the law breakers and the illegal visa services that assist them in their illegal doings.

Prab | 17 January 2023 - 16:01:58

why no one bother to raid and check all those Visa agency all around the island? mostly scamm and related to Ong or schools that never even existed.. why not go a bit deeper then blaming farang? they apply for those visas and then pay a thai for open bussines for them .. easy done .. so cut the root and a good part of the problem is gone 


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