From 1 June 2020, the jobs prohibited to foreigners in Thailand are classified into the three lists below:
List 1: Jobs that are absolutely prohibited to foreigners and reserved for Thai nationals only:
- Wood carving
- Driving motor vehicles or vehicles which do not use machinery or mechanical devices, except international aircraft piloting and forklift driving
- Auction sales
- Cutting or polishing jewelry
- Haircutting, hairdressing, or beauty treatment
- Cloth weaving by hand
- Weaving or making of mats or products from reed, rattan, hemp, straw, or bamboo pellicle
- Making rice paper by hand
- Lacquerware making
- Making Thai musical instruments
- Nielloware making
- Goldsmith, silversmith, or gold-and-copper alloy smith work
- Stone work
- Making Thai dolls
- Making alms bowls
- Making silk products by hand
- Creating Buddha images
- Making paper or cloth umbrellas
- Brokerage or agency except in international trading and investment
- Thai massage
- Cigarette rolling by hand
- Tour guiding or conducting
- Hawking of goods
- Thai typesetting by hand
- Unwinding and twisting silk by hand
- Clerical or secretarial work
- Providing legal services or engaging in legal work, except the following: a. arbitration work; and b. work relating to assisting or representing in the cases at arbitration level, provided the law governing the dispute under consideration by the arbitrators is not Thai
List 2: Jobs that are prohibited but allowed to foreigners when there are international agreements with Thailand or when Thailand is bound by laws.
- Supervising, auditing, and working or giving service in accountancy, except the following: a. occasional internal auditing; and b. type of work under the international agreements or where Thailand is bound, which the Federation of Accounting Professions will qualify
- Professional civil engineering concerning consulting service, project out-lay, design and calculation, construction supervision, production, checking, systemization, research and testing, except the engineers practicing in engineering and control engineering per ASEAN’s Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA), as well as other agreements with other countries concerning cross border engineering or licensees in control engineering in the field of civil engineering according to the law governing engineers.
- Professional architectural work concerning project studies, design, construction management, checking and consulting services except architects practicing architectural and control architectural services per ASEAN’s Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA), as well as other agreements with other countries concerning cross border architectural service or licensees in control architecture according to the law governing architects.
List 3: Jobs that are prohibited but allowed to foreigners with skill or semi-skill who have employers.
- Agriculture, animal husbandry, forestry or fishery
- Bricklaying, carpentry, or other construction works
- Making mattresses or quilt blankets
- Knife making
- Making shoes
- Making hats
Contact ThaiLawyers for any questions regarding Thailand work permit.