Probably, if he was on official government business.
Thai officials need offical permission to travel out of the country. This is from past experience and was current as of 2004. I doubt things would have changed though. This is a legacy (I believe) of the 1997 crash where everyone was asked to tighten their belts, and not send any money offshore uneccessarily.
The key point here is that your friend would probably need some sort of official letter to even let him out of the country to begin with, and if he didn't need one for personal travel (ie on a regular thai passport) he'd definetly need one for an offical trip.
Tanks everyone for your replies.
I asked my friend and he told me he's got the permission from his boss to go overseas and his approval for his holidays. But is is a pain for him to fix an appointment with the embassy. So he's trying to find a solution. He also sent an email to a consular representative in Chieng Mai (he's Thai) got from this linkhttp://www.ambbangko...T=NoModifyGuest
The Consular Network
Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai (competent for the provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Nan, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Phitsamulok, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit and Phetchabun)
Dr. Vichit Leelamanit
19 Soi 9 Sirimungkalajarn Road
Muang District, Chiangmai 50200
But the email addr didn't work. He got the unknown name message.
Before this he also tried email the embassy but got no reply for 3 months now. What else could he do? Any one know anybody at the Italian embassy ?