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coworking spaces asking for passport?

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I'm a full-time student from the USA. I took fall semester off for a little break. I'm here on a tourist visa, and doing my share of touristing (and medical tourism with all my annual check-ups). I've also been working on some projects at a local co-working space,  exploring what business and academic opportunities I want to jumpstart when I get back to the U.S.--vacation time is a good for ideation. I don't work here nor will I collect any revenue on anything I'm working on. I leave in another month to go back home and start spring semester. The co-working space is now asking everyone for a copy of their passport as part of a new policy. Is this okay / normal?

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Work is not legal without a work permit and work does not require payment to be considered work.  You seem to be running in a gray area and the fact you are calling it a co-working space does not bode well for not working claims.  As to how normal this passport request may or may not be have no knowledge.

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12 minutes ago, jacobjm1 said:

The co-working space is now asking everyone for a copy of their passport as part of a new policy. Is this okay / normal?

They may want that for their records if you are using their internet connection. I have not heard of it being enforced recently but there is or was a rule that they had to do that.

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16 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

Work is not legal without a work permit and work does not require payment to be considered work.  You seem to be running in a gray area and the fact you are calling it a co-working space does not bode well for not working claims.  As to how normal this passport request may or may not be have no knowledge.

I would ask them to clarify exactly the reason behind asking for it. 

If you don't feel happy with the answer then don't hand it over and walk.

Relax for the last month.

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Yes. They probably want it for ID.

 

As long as you're not working for a business or being employed by a Thai based company you aren't doing anything wrong and have no reason to stay off the radar.

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As @ubonjoe posted, they almost certainly want your passport data to meet the requirements of Thailand's computer crime legislation. This requires anyone providing a shared Internet service to keep a log of the computers used by each individual. The law is not aggressively enforced, but many businesses, understandably, want to ensure they are compliant.

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14 hours ago, elviajero said:

Yes. They probably want it for ID.

 

As long as you're not working for a business or being employed by a Thai based company you aren't doing anything wrong and have no reason to stay off the radar.

If you build a boat in your back yard, you are considered working under Thai law, or even painting your fence at your home.  All are illegal without a work permit.  It is a totally illogical, knuckled headed mindset from Thai officialdom, but it is the law.  Is it enforced ?   Sometimes it is depending on the mood of those in charge.   I

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2 minutes ago, stevenl said:

You know those guys building the boat were doing it to sell, hence they got arrested.

Ever hear of anybody getting arrested for painting their fence?

 

You're scaremongering.

No, have done business in Thailand for years.  Prior to the coup, you could do almost anything and nobody cared.  Today, you just don't know.  Chances are he will be fine, but Thailand defines work much differently than China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and just about every other Asian country.  I bought samples to sell overseas and was told I was working illegally.  And I do believe some have been hassled for doing their own home improvements as well.   

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1 hour ago, yellowboat said:

If you build a boat in your back yard, you are considered working under Thai law, or even painting your fence at your home.  All are illegal without a work permit.  It is a totally illogical, knuckled headed mindset from Thai officialdom, but it is the law.  Is it enforced ?   Sometimes it is depending on the mood of those in charge.   I

That is utter nonsense. Building a boat is a hobby, and painting your house is a domestic task. If on the other hand your wife sells noodles on the street and you help her carrying buckets of water or other things, then that has been known to be considered working.

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1 hour ago, yellowboat said:

If you build a boat in your back yard, you are considered working under Thai law, or even painting your fence at your home.  All are illegal without a work permit.  It is a totally illogical, knuckled headed mindset from Thai officialdom, but it is the law.  Is it enforced ?   Sometimes it is depending on the mood of those in charge.   I

I have personally installed and repaired plumbing in my condo. have also painted and repaired other things in condo. have built and repaired computers and fixed ding on surfboards. no work permit. Do I need a lawyer?

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1 minute ago, atyclb said:

I have personally installed and repaired plumbing in my condo. have also painted and repaired other things in condo. have built and repaired computers and fixed ding on surfboards. no work permit. Do I need a lawyer?

Only if you are charged - and just as most drunk drivers/speeders are never charged most people doing such things are not going to have problems.  But a few will:  so best to be aware of that possibility and try to avoid.

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