Connect with us


Migrant workers to be granted 2-year work permit and health insurance

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Prachachat

Undocumented migrant workers from 3 countries will be able to register for legal employment allowing a 2-year stay. The Cabinet approved the measure in an effort to control the spread of Covid-19 after an outbreak at a Samut Sakhon seafood market affecting a large migrant community who worked around the fishing hub.

Migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar will be able to register with the Labour Ministry’s Department of Employment starting on January 15 until February 13. The workers must go through a health screening before submitting a work permit application. The workers and their children will receive health insurance for 2 years.

The workers must submit work permit applications before September 13. They must register as non-Thai nationals by November 12. Migrants or their employers must pay 7,200 baht to cover the health screening and 2-year health insurance. Undocumented migrants who do not have an employer must find a job within 90 days.

The outbreak in Samut Sakhon infecting hundreds of migrant workers shed light on labour trafficking and undocumented employment. The Royal Thai Army recently said they can’t stop border breaches and police have now shifted their focus from catching migrants entering illegally to cracking down on labour traffickers.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand| Bangkok Post

Catch up with the latest daily “Thailand News Today” here on The Thaiger.


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.



  1. Avatar

    Frank Leboeuf

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Great news!
    Thai government will have more control over the foreign worker population, and workers will have access to more security as officially registered workers with a work permit and health insurance.

    Way to go Thailand – this really made my day!

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      Agreed, Frank, great news.

      The September / November 2021 dates, taken from the Nation, don’t seem to make any sense as registration is very clearly widely reported (including here and by the Nation) as January / February.

  2. Avatar


    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Yes reward the illegal immigrants, while anyone else entering illegally or overstaying their visa are fined and deported, but then those people don’t help make the 1% who own most of Thailand any richer, the HI SO rich people run Thailand not the government, when they say jump Prayut the puppet asks “how high”

    • Avatar

      Robert Elliot

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 10:07 pm

      Yes. There are 2 ways to look at this. Who is really benefitting the most. The wealthy Thais securing very cheap labour or the migrant labourers.

      • Avatar

        John Landy

        Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 5:52 pm

        In this case clearly the migrant labourers, since the wealthy securing cheap labour would have done so anyway.
        Migrant labourers are gaining legal status, a work permit and health coverage.
        The Thai government is gaining more control over these migrant population as well, which is what governments always strive for.

      • Avatar

        Issan John

        Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 6:38 pm


  3. Avatar

    Just A Thought

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    I would expect these workers to not be particularly highly paid.
    For foreigners to live here for a year they are expected to have 800,000 baht income (yes I know their are other amounts but this will do to illustrate my point). All of which will, most likely, be spent into the economy with a VAT rate of 7% thereby contributing approx. 56,000 baht directly into government confers with the rest making up a considerable contribution into the general economy. As the foreigners individually contribute a lot more than these workers (who are working to take money out of the country) maybe the government should consider some form of health insurance incentive to promote a recovery in the “tourist” sector and ultimately in the economy.

  4. Avatar

    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    B7500 cost.
    Trust the Thais to dream up another money making racket.
    It’s a work tax!

  5. Avatar


    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Is this the way in become a migrant worker get a 2 year visa and free health care yippee here we come lol

  6. Avatar

    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Why can insurance cover in this sort of price range not be offered to tourists scaled down to reflect the relatively short period of time they are in the country?
    500 bht max sounds a very generous premium price to me.

  7. Avatar


    Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Why would Thailand need foreign workers with the economy as bad as it is? Surely there are tons of unemployed Thais to take these jobs?

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Despite the absurd claims of over 6 million unemployed out of a workforce of 38 million, all too obviously, ‘NO’, there aren’t!

  8. Avatar


    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:34 am

    That type of work is considered beneath the average Thai. Same same as migrant farm workers in the U.S.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Pattaya18 mins ago

Chon Buri governor says Pattaya bars will stay closed for now, Covid cases remain high

Crime46 mins ago

15 year old stabbed at private school

Thailand49 mins ago

UPDATE: Police identify alleged gunman who opened fire at field hospital, killing a patient

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Thailand2 hours ago

PM orders investigation into pricey street lamps

Best of2 hours ago

Top 5 Thai Restaurants in Bangkok

Phuket2 hours ago

Phuket governor outlines plans to track and trace foreign arrivals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: Latest wave exceeds 200,000 cases

Thailand3 hours ago

Guitarist from “Playground” dies in road incident

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

First delivery of Sinopharm vaccines approved for distribution

Thailand3 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | Thai Immigration – Are you legal? Latest Covid and Phuket sandbox

Phuket3 hours ago

Flight traffic to Phuket expected to increase by 6% next month

Tourism4 hours ago

Hotel platform predicts increasing demand for holidays in Thailand

Bangkok4 hours ago

Covid-19 task force pushes back on Bangkok lockdown proposal

Northern Thailand12 hours ago

Meteor causes explosion, green glow above Northern Thailand

Hua Hin14 hours ago

Elephant that broke into Hua Hin kitchen now in memes and ads

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8