Pink Thai ID Card for foreigners available

Earlier this year the Thai government issued new regulations to allow for a pink Thai ID card for foreigners residing in Thailand. To apply you must have a Yellow House Registration book or Tabien Ban and your passport. If you are married to a Thai national then also a copy of the marriage certificate, also copies of birth certificates of any children you may have and a work permit if you have one. Regulations require a Thai witness with an ID Card to affirm your status at the District Office when you apply. The Pink ID Card costs 60 baht and can take anywhere from one day to 30 days depending on the District Office. The benefits of such a card are as yet unknown since it is so new but it may allow Thai prices at National Parks and may possibly be used as ID instead of carrying your passport but it is not yet certain.

The Thai PRD announced recently that the 2016 Trademark Act is now in effect and the Department of Intellectual Property emphasized its mechanisms to prevent copyright infringement of product packaging and music, offering a better response to modern issues related to copyright infringement. Those found to have displayed or stolen a registered or trademarked packaging design an receive a fine up to 400,000 baht and one year in jail instead of the old fine of 2,000 baht. Copyright protection also extends to music, including tunes for ice-cream carts and TV programs; this enables ice cream makers and TV operators to take full advantage of their music for marketing purposes. The trademark registration period has also been reduced from 90 days to 60 days.

The first leg of the Bangkok – Nakhon Ratchasima high speed train will begin construction in September it was recently affirmed by both the Minister of Transportation and the Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of China. The 3.5km section will connect Klang Dong Station in Pak Chong in Nakhon Ratchasima to the border with Saraburi. Details will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval next month for the first leg. The second portion will run for 11km from Pak Chong to Khlong Khanan Chit Station but Chinese officials report the softness of the soil in the area may require the tracks to change course. The deadline for the new plan is set for November.

The first section, with a distance of 3.5 kilometers, connects Klang Dong Station in Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima to the province’s border with Saraburi. Financial sources will include the central state budget and domestic loans. Details are set to be submitted to the Cabinet for approval next month. The total budget for all four sections of the Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima route is estimated to be at 179 billion baht, China and Thailand are still working out loan details as China wants the loan in Yuan at 3.2% but Thai officials are seeing a rate of 2%.

The Cabinet approved construction of two new railway lines which will link with another line under the SRT from Bang Sue to Rangsit and Taling Chan at Bang Sue. The new lines will be under the State Railway of Thailand and will run from Bang Sue to Hua Mark and Bang Sue to Hualamphong. The two lines, Light Red and Dark Red, will connect the Eastern suburbs to the city center at a cost of around 44.16 billion baht. Construction is hoped to begin before 2018 and the two new routes should take about 3 years to build. The government hopes to get the lines running by 2020.

Work Permit

Any foreigner working in Thailand must obtain a Work Permit before beginning work. While a prospective employer may file an application on the foreigner’s behalf in advance of his starting work, the actual Work Permit will not be issued until the foreigner has entered Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws and has presented himself to receive his Work Permit.

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