Thailand drops quarantine requirement for migrant workers

THAILAND: Over 160,000 migrant workers can now enter Thailand without taking the quarantine procedure, according to a newly signed memorandum of understanding that aims to address illegal border crossing.

Migrant job seekers from Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos will only be required to show proof of full vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test result.

They should also have health insurance, undergo a health check, and pass a Covid test. Once they have submitted all the requirements, they will receive a work permit.

However, workers will have to be quarantined if they are found to be positive for the Covid-19 virus. Their health insurance, which is worth around USD 4,000, should cover all the expenses. If the cost exceeds that amount, the employer will cover the difference.

About 236,000 migrant workers from the three nations have been requested by Thai companies. Myanmar is their top source of workers, with 165,400, followed by Cambodia with 52,400 and Laos with 18,000.

According to Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin, the coronavirus quarantine waiver for fully vaccinated migrant job applicants occurred concurrently with the border reopening announced by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, which is headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

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