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The legalities of being a digital nomad?

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Hi all.

 

I'll be in Thailand for 2 months next month. I'm a contract software engineer, and can work from anywhere.

My plan is to take a week off, and then pretty much back to work i.e. 40 hour week.

 

I like the idea of using shared office space (rather than setting up, and spending all day in my apartment).

 

As these are public buildings, I'm a little concerned as to the legalities of working remotely while in Thailand. 

So...is is technically illegal doing what I do?, does anybody care?, etc.

 

Many thanks

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it's a grey area. as you won't be doing it for long in my opinion you will be absolutely fine. you will get some work permit scaremongers on this thread i gaurantee it but pay them no mind

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1 hour ago, BritTim said:

There are co-working spaces all over Thailand. According to the letter of the outdated Alien Employment Act, working as a digital nomad would not be allowed. It is quite clear that, at this stage, it is tolerated. There are thousands of digital nomads in Thailand, and they are left alone. Stay abreast of future developments, but for the moment you will be fine.

The Alien Employment Act does not apply to the OP as he is not being employed by a company legally to operating in Thailand. There is nothing in the Alien Employment Act stopping a DN being employed by a company in Thailand. It is the Immigration Act that stops DN's from working at their occupation in Thailand without permission.

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7 hours ago, BuddyDean said:

Workspace is a bad idea.  Spend the money on a bigger place.  The DNs are visa running losers.  Those making good money online, keep it close to the vest.

If you knew how much some of them made i'm sure you wouldn't be calling them losers,

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9 hours ago, Happy enough said:

i used to work remotely. it is a grey area. you can't get a work permit as you aren't working for a thai company. as it stands they leave you alone because they still want you here spending. and i got this also before i started doing it lasy year from a good thai lawyer friend i've known for years at baker mackenzie not some farts that can't make cash in thailand so scare monger other people. i now have a permit again as have to do some business within thailand so i had no choice. what you are going to be doing they just turn a blind eye. the subject is tiresome for me as some on this forum just won't accept. put it this way, last year i was working for my UK company remotely from a friends office, he has a medium size firm here and has for many years. he got rid of a new starter girl as she was useless and she called the labour department to say there was a foreigner working without a permit. they came to the offices and i was set there working away. i said i don't work in this company just come to see my friend and use his desk sometimes. they checked my emails and i showed them that all my work was in the UK and even got invoices that i had emailed out in the past and married them up to my online banking which i showed them and they were fine. very nice actually. just carry on basically. i was doing it a good 6 months when they showed up. really, don;t worry about it

 

It is possible to get a work permit if you work in Thailand for foreign clients in software / web development or IT, by using a local umbrella company to sponsor a work permit and appropriate visa (but yes, it's correct as you said that you indeed need the WP from a local company). However, someone like OP this is not really needed if they only stay a couple of months - more relevant for people staying longer term. 

 

Interesting story by the way and nice to see that they were so reasonable in that situation. 

 

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1 hour ago, jspill said:

Nobody cares. I've been doing it since 2009 no issues. 

Using shared office space?

If not, what was the reason?

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