The previous cabinet approved (May 2007) a new Alien Employment Bill which must replace the 1978 Alien Employment Act. The main change will be that foreigners will be only allowed to work in permitted occupations. Currently foreigners are not allowed to work in prohibited occupations.

The draft is not resubmitted yet and is subject to changes by the Council of State and the NLA, and until the regulations specifying the allowed occupations are issued the present rules will continue to apply.

Prohibited occupations and minimum salary requirement

Under Thai Law foreigners are prohibited to engage in any of the following occupations.

  1. Manual work
  2. Work in agriculture, animal husbandry, forestry or fishery excluding specialized work in each particular branch or farm supervision
  3. Bricklaying, carpentry or other construction works
  4. Wood carving
  5. Driving mechanically propelled carried or driving non-mechanically-propelled vehicle, excluding international aircraft piloting
  6. Shop attendance
  7. Auction
  8. Supervising, auditing or giving service in accountancy excluding internal auditing on occasions
  9. Cutting or polishing jewelry
  10. Haircutting, hairdressing or beauty treatment
  11. Cloth weaving by hand
  12. Weaving of mate or making products from reeds, rattan, hemp, straw or bamboo pellicle
  13. Making of Sa paper by hand
  14. Lacquer ware making
  15. Making of Thai musical instrument
  16. Niello ware making
  17. Making of products from gold, silver or gold-copper alloy
  18. Bronze ware making
  19. Making of Thai dolls
  20. Making of mattress or quilt blanket
  21. Alms bowls casting
  22. Making of silk products by hand
  23. Casting of Buddha images
  24. Knife making
  25. Making of paper of cloth umbrella
  26. Shoemaking
  27. Hat Making
  28. Brokerage or agency excluding brokerage or agency in international trade business
  29. Engineering work in civil engineering branch concerning designing and calculation, organization, research, planning, testing, construction supervision or advising excluding specialized work
  30. Architectural work concerning designing, drawing of plan, estimating, construction directing or advising
  31. Garments making
  32. Pottery or ceramic ware making
  33. Cigarette making by hand
  34. Guide or conducting sightseeing tours
  35. Street Vending
  36. Type setting of Thai characters by hand
  37. Drawing and twisting silk-thread by hand
  38. Office or secretarial work
  39. Legal or lawsuit services

Source: Alien Occupational Control Division, Department of Employment Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.

From the 10 th of July 2004 , foreigners applying for non-immigrant visa extensions for employment in Thailand will have to meet an increased minimum monthly salary requirement by nationality and amount. It should be noted that this regulation applies to employees in the corporate sector (profit-making business), for others professions like teachers other rules apply.

Minimum Salary requirements

Canada, Japan, United States: 60,000 THB
Europe (incl. UK) Australia: 50,000 THB
Hong Kong, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan: 45,000 THB
China, India, Indonesia, Middle East, Philippines: 35,000 THB
Africa, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam: 25,000 THB
Persons working for newspapers in Thailand: 20,000 THB