Migrant workers allowed to return home during Songkran holiday

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BANGKOK– Border fees for migrant workers and their dependents from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar will be waived next month to encourage them to celebrate Songkran festival in their home countries.

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Itti Kongweerawat of the Provincial Employment Office of Nakhon Ratchasima said the Cabinet on March 14th waived border entry and exit fees for migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar from April 5th – 30th, so they may travel back home to celebrate the Songkran holidays.

Eligible foreigners must hold a non-citizen identification card (pink card), received nationality verification, or worked in Thailand under a Memorandum of Understanding. The permit is valid for dependents of migrant workers, who bear a passport or other travel documents.

Employers, or migrant workers themselves, must request a certification letter from their local employment office. The workers are required to present the certificate along with the pink card, passport, or other valid travel document, in order to pass through immigration for both departure and return trips. They are also required to use the same immigration checkpoint for leaving and returning to the country.

The Provincial Employment Office of Nakhon Ratchasima is now offering the certification letter for migrant worker travel. For more information, call 0-4435-5266-7 ext. 105, 08-6468-7563, or 06-3583-2399.