Govt warns of perils for Thai workers heading to S Korea

Govt warns of perils for Thai workers heading to S Korea

Lining up to get shots: A large crowd gathers at the entrance to Bang Sue Grand Station as they queue up to be vaccinated. The vaccination centre at the station will take online bookings from today for inoculations in August. The walk-in service will end on Saturday. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)
Lining up to get shots: A large crowd gathers at the entrance to Bang Sue Grand Station as they queue up to be vaccinated. The vaccination centre at the station will take online bookings from today for inoculations in August. The walk-in service will end on Saturday. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

Thai workers going to South Korea are required to have their own insurance for Covid-19 and carry at least 60,000 baht in cash for expenses if they are found to have contracted Covid-19 there, the Ministry of Labour said yesterday.

Minister Suchart Chomklin said he had obtained the information from a labour attache at the Thai embassy in Korea. Mr Suchart said Thai workers are required to undergo a Covid-19 test to enter South Korea.

"If the Covid-19 virus is found, they need to be quarantined and must be responsible for their own quarantine costs as well as their own treatment expenses," he said.

He suggested Thai workers should have their own Covid-19 insurance and set aside money for potential treatment costs in Korea, Mr Suchart said.

"After treatment, they may be able to get a refund from their insurance companies," he said.

"Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the PM and Defence Minister, and Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, the deputy PM who takes care of the Labour Ministry, insisted we give the utmost importance to Thai labourers who work abroad to ensure they work there with dignity, legality and safety.

"The Labour Ministry will take care of Thai workers to ensure they get their rights and be informed with information that may help them in their decision making."

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