39 Jobs restricted to foreigners

A foreigner who intends to work in Thailand is subject to the Alien Employment Act, which requires the foreigner to have a work permit to be issued by the Department of Employment, Ministry of Labor unless it falls within an exception of the said Act. However, there are some occupations that are for Thai workers only.

Under the Alien Employment Act, the following occupations are not permitted to foreigners and is reserved for Thai nationals only:

  1. Labor work except labor work in fishing boats under the next category below
  2. Agriculture, animal husbandry, forestry or fishery, except work requiring specialized knowledge, farm supervision, or labor work in fishing boats, particularly marine fishery
  3. Bricklaying, carpentry, or other construction works
  4. Wood carving
  5. Driving motor vehicles or vehicles which do not use machinery or mechanical devices, except international aircraft piloting
  6. Shop attendance
  7. Auction
  8. Supervising, auditing, or giving service in accountancy, except occasional internal auditing
  9. Cutting or polishing jewelry
  10. Haircutting, hairdressing, or beauty treatment
  11. Cloth weaving by hand
  12. Weaving or making of mats or products from reed, rattan, hemp, straw, or bamboo pellicle
  13. Making rice paper by hand
  14. Lacquerware making
  15. Making Thai musical instruments
  16. Nielloware making
  17. Goldsmith, silversmith, or gold-and-copper alloy smith work
  18. Stone work
  19. Making Thai dolls
  20. Making mattresses or quilt blanket
  21. Making alms bowls
  22. Making silk products by hand
  23. Creating Buddha images
  24. Knife making
  25. Making paper or cloth umbrellas
  26. Making shoes
  27. Making hats
  28. Brokerage or agency except in international trading.
  29. Professional civil engineering concerning design and calculation, systemization, analysis, planning, testing, construction supervision, or consulting services, excluding work requiring specialized techniques
  30. Professional architectural work concerning design, drawing-making, cost estimation, construction direction or consulting services
  31. Dressmaking
  32. Pottery
  33. Cigarette rolling by hand
  34. Tour guiding or conducting
  35. Hawking of goods
  36. Thai typesetting by hand
  37. Unwinding and twisting silk by hand
  38. Clerical or secretarial work
  39. Providing legal services or engaging in legal work (except arbitration works and work relating to defense of cases at arbitration level, provided the law governing the dispute under consideration by the arbitrators is not Thai law.)

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