Foreign workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar are allowed to register to continue to stay and work legally in Thailand in special cases, under the spread of the new wave of COVID-19.


The decision was made by the Cabinet on 29 December 2020, following a proposal by the Ministry of Labor.


The target groups include foreign workers from the three countries whose work permits have expired and undocumented workers, as well as their children aged not over 18 years.


Employers of these groups of workers will have to register their workers with the Department of Employment, Ministry of Labor, between 15 January and 13 February 2021. By 16 April 2021, the workers will be screened for COVID-19 and other diseases and receive two-year health insurance.


After health screening, they have to submit applications for work permits at the Department of Employment by 13 September 2021.


They are also required to register as resident non-Thai nationals with the Department of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Interior, by 12 November 2021.


The Cabinet instructed the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Labor to issue ministerial regulations related to the decision to allow foreign workers from the three countries to register for legal employment in Thailand.



Source: The Government Public Relations Department