New smartphone app for BOI work permit applicants

Foreign employees of Board of Investment promoted companies can now use a smartphone application to complete their work permit process. They must first visit the BOI’s work permit office at Chamchuri Square in Bangkok to obtain a user name and password. Once that is obtained the work permit application can then be submitted through the application. After the work permit is approved then a second trip to the office will be needed for a photo and digital signature, the office said that would only take a few minutes. Available in both Android and IOS phones, foreign employees can also update their information via the app. The office hopes to make it available to migrant workers next year. More work permit offices will be set up in BOI offices in Chiang Mai, Phuket and other cities where the BOI has branches.

Thailand has been removed from the list of red-flagged countries on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) website. The director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said he was aware of the change but had not yet confirmed it with the agency. The country was red-flagged in August 2015 and the change will allow airlines to add new destinations and foreign airlines to make more stops in the country. ICAO conducted the audit last month and the CAAT office reported they had corrected the flaws raised by the ICAO including amending related laws and regulations and granting Recertification of Air Operator Certificates (Re-AOC) to airlines. Nine out of 21 airlines have already been granted the re-certification and the remaining 12 will be finished by January 31, 2018.

The Permanent Secretary of Tourism and Sports said that the country is expecting over 600,000 tourists from China for the month of October and 260,000 are expected from October 1 -8 as Chinese tourists travel abroad during their “Golden Week” holiday. Chinese remain the top foreign arrival in the country and the numbers are expected to be up 20 percent from last year. They are expected to generate 11 billion baht for the week and 30 billion baht for the month of October. Tourism now accounts for 20 percent of the GDP, up from 10 percent 15 years ago and produces 2.5 trillion baht in revenues. The government hopes to reach 3 trillion baht in revenues by 2018. The TAT is promoting community based tourism as tourists want to experience local culture and traditions. The Tourism Council of Thailand has signed an agreement with the Thailand Professional Qualification Institute (TPQI) to produce more skilled workers as the TCT director pointed out that service standards can suffer in small to medium enterprises as they lack trained staff.

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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