Section 30



Coercive, unfair or deceptive recruitment Corporate criminal liability Criminal liability

This section prohibits engaging in overseas employment services without a license, which must be granted by the Central Employment Registrar.


Pursuant to section 82, breach of section 30 is punishable by a term of imprisonment ranging from three years to ten years or to a fine from 60,000 Baht to 200,000 Baht, or to both. A juristic person my only be punished with a fine.

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Section 30. No person shall undertake the overseas employment for a job seeker, except where the licence is granted by the registrar.

The application for, and the issuance of, a license shall be in accordance with the rules, procedure and conditions as prescribed by the Ministerial Regulations.

Law /Thailand / Employment and Job Seeker Protection Act B.E. 2528 (1985)

This Act is the primary piece of legislation regulating the operation of recruiters in Thailand.  The Act has been amended a number of times to deal with the increasing numbers of overseas employment service businesses setting up in Thailand, and complaints of employment services businesses engaging in fraud and deceptive conduct.  However the effect of the Act remains somewhat limited and is generally considered to be restricted in application to outbound Thai migrant workers.  The International Labour Organisation and NGOs have therefore recommended its expansion to provide explicit protection to inbound migrant workers from other countries.