Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Thailand as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Thailand: Deadline for visa-amnesty application extended

The government has extended its visa amnesty for foreigners who are unable to leave the country due to the COVID-19 control measures, until 31st October 2020 …

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Thailand: Low-cost labour

Companies seeking to secure low-cost labour, particularly in the garment sector, have been attracted to the hundreds of factories in the western region of Mae Sot …

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Thailand: Hourly wage push poses ‘abuse’ risk

Currently, only students and older workers are allowed to be paid on a purely hourly basis …

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Thailand: Labour Ministry resumes migrant permit services

The Labour Ministry has resumed the processing of labour migrants from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos who had made applications before 30th March when operations were suspended …

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Thailand: Government approves Royal Decree postponing PDPA

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) has been concerned about the impact of the health crisis on the readiness of Thai businesses to adapt to the new Personal Data Protection Act …

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Thailand: Foreigners stranded in Thailand get second automatic 90-day visa extension

Foreigners whose visas had expired since the 26th of March 2020 will now be permitted to stay until the 31st of July 2020, without having to apply for an extension …

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Thailand: Personal Data Protection Act

The Personal Data Protection Act 2019 comes into force on the 27th of May 2020 …

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Thailand: Immigration Bureau grants automatic extension of visas

Foreign nationals stranded in Thailand, with visas which have expired since the 26th of March 2020, will have their visas automatically extended by the Office of Immigration Bureau to the 30th of April 2020 …

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Thailand: Social security levy cut to ease virus jolt

The financial contributions paid by both employees and employers into the Social Security Fund have been reduced from 5% to 4% for six months – until the end of August 2020 …

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Thailand: The Revenue Department has stimulated economy by allowing 250% tax deduction for new machine

Businesses investing in new machinery between January 1st – December 31st 2020 may deduct 250% of the cost as a tax allowance …

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Thailand: Deadline for renewal of work permits

The deadline for renewal of work permits will be March 31st 2020 …

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Thailand: Police clearance required for most visa applicants from Africa

Visa applicants from 47 African countries applying for long-term visas to Thailand must now obtain THAI Police Clearance Certificates before having their applications processed …

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Thailand: Extra public holiday on December 30th

A new one-off public holiday on Monday, December 30th 2019 has been declared by the government …

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Thailand: Medical check-up

A new provision agreed by the government will require employers to undertake a medical check-up on all those hired for risky jobs …

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Thailand: Visa on arrival for free until April 2020

Until April 2020, visitors from 18 countries, including China and India will not need to pay the visa fee of 2,000 baht (US$65) whilst visiting Thailand …

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