Returning Thai illegal workers placed in quarantine at designated facilities

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135 Thai illegal migrants in South Korean returned home on Tuesday after being cleared by South Korean immigration authorities and certified by the Thai Embassy. 165 of them followed back home on Wednesday.
135 Thai illegal migrants in South Korean returned home on Tuesday after being cleared by South Korean immigration authorities and certified by the Thai Embassy. 165 of them followed back home on Wednesday.

Another group of Thai illegal migrants in South Korean have returned home after being cleared by South Korean immigration authorities and certified by the Thai Embassy.



The 135 Thai citizens arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport on a Jeju Air’s chartered flight at 9.40 pm on Tuesday.  There are among the latest 300 Thai workers who are allowed to return to Thailand following the Covid-19 outbreak in South Korea.

They are among thousands of Thai people believed to have worked illegally in South Korea, some of them have already returned home shortly after South Korea became a coronavirus hotspot.

All of the Thai workers are required to be quarantined at the government’s designated facilities for 14 days.

Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Tewan Liptapanlop who inspected the health screening procedure and transfers of the returnees at Suvarnabhumi Airport said the returnees must pass health screening conducted in compliance with international standard before being transferred to state quarantine facilities.

“At the state quarantine facilities, health officials will provide health checks again before putting each of them in separate rooms,” he said.

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Another group of 165 Thais, accompanied by South Korean health officials, arrive on a flight from South Korea on Wednesday.

Following the outbreak, South Korea has given an amnesty for the Thai illegal migrants, also known as Little Ghosts, who overstayed their visas and worked illegally in the country. (TNA)