MYAWADDY- As Thailand’s government designated 25 days off for Thingyan Festival starting on April 5th, thousands of Myanmar workers has been returning through the Mae Sot-Myawaddy route.
Although Thai government allows Myanmar workers for free visa services, they[workers] must go back before April 30th.
More and more Myanmar migrants working across Thailand are now coming back.
Thai labour officials held a meeting with consular officials from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos to allow migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos to return to their homes as a special privilege for them.
“Thai government launches its 20-day free visa program for foreign workers that will return home. They will need to show PJ Passport and CI documents. Workers holding the blue book being issued by the Thai authorities are allowed to go through Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, Mae Sot-Myawaddy, Mae Sai-Tarchileik, Kawtthaung-Ranoi and Hteekhee-Dawei routes. Thai Immigration Department provided free visa program for foreign workers starting from April 5th to 30th. However, they must come back to Thailand before April 30th. If they did not comply and return to Thailand after April 30th, they must pay 2,000 Baht in fines,” said Moe Gyo, Chairman of Joint Action Committee for Burmese Affairs.
Moe Gyo said that if Myanmar returnee workers will delay going back to their work site, they need to do re-entry stamp for the return.
About 500 to 800 Myanmar are leaving daily as there are few job opportunities and less paid. There are about 200,000 Myanmar working in eight provinces in Tak Province and about 4 million Myanmar are working in entire Thailand according to those helping migrant workers.