Exemption of Showing Evidence of Medical Certificate as a Person Without Prohibited Diseases and Appearing in Person to Collect Digital Work Permits at the Department of Employment for Long-Term Resident Visa (LTR Visa) Applicants and Holders.
Recently, the Cabinet has approved in principle the Draft Notification of the Ministry of Labor Re: Permission for Aliens to Work in the Kingdom as a Special Case according to the Measures to Stimulate Economy and Investment by Attracting High Potential Foreigners to Thailand (No. ..) B.E. …. (the “Draft Notification”), which exempts LTR Visa applicants/holders and their spouses from submitting medical certificate showing no prohibitive diseases and appearing in person to collect work permits at the Department of Employment.
Before this Draft Notification, the Ministry of Labor has issued the Notification of the Ministry of Labor Re: Permission for Aliens to Work in the Kingdom as a Special Case according to the Measures to Stimulate Economy and Investment by Attracting High Potential Foreigners to Thailand dated 2 June 2022, permitting those who hold LTR Visas and their spouses to apply for work permits in Thailand under the following requirements.
- The applicants must be free from prohibited diseases, leprosy, tuberculosis, elephantiasis at the stage that its appearance is disgusting to society, drug addiction, alcoholism and third phase of syphilis.
- The applicants must collect a work permit issued by the registrar by themselves in person.
However, the Board of Investment Committee (BOI) has subsequently issued a letter requesting the Ministry of Labor to consider waiving the above two requirements for LTR visa applicants/holders in order to reduce unnecessary steps and facilitate foreigners with high quality and high potential to stay and work in Thailand. After the approval from the Board of Foreign Worker Management Policy, the Ministry of Labor proposed the Draft Notification to the Cabinet which has recently granted their approval in principle of the same.
This Draft Notification allows foreigners and their lawful spouses who have been granted a special case of long-term resident visas (LTR Visa), to apply for work permits in Thailand with no requirement for showing medical certificates to prove that they are free from prohibited diseases. Moreover, under this Draft Notification, no foreigners under the LTR visas are required from collecting work permits issued by the registrar in person.