10 July 2017
THAILAND: Overseas Employees Given Until 1 January 2018 to Secure Work Permits
Overseas employees now have until 1 January 2018 to register with the Thai authorities and secure the relevant work permits. Previously, the requirement had been imposed, as of 23 June, with immediate effect, a development that saw an estimated 60,000 undocumented workers – primarily from Myanmar – flee the country.
Under the terms of the decree, any company employing undocumented overseas workers faces fines of up to 800,000 (US$23,480). The initial imposition of the requirement caused widespread industrial disruption, particularly in the manufacturing and seafood processing sectors. According to the Thai government, these new regulations are intended to ensure the country complies with its international obligations with regard to combatting human trafficking.