An exodus of nearly 300,000 migrant workers is expected from April 5-30 when they visit hometowns for the Songkran festival in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
Labour Minister Pol General Adul Sangsingkeo, following a meeting of the Migrant Worker Management and Anti-Human Trafficking Sub-committee on Wednesday, told reporters that the meeting resolved to allow Cambodian, Lao and Burmese workers whose non-immigrant L-A visas were valid at least until April 30 to head home during Songkran without having to pay a fee.
Children under-18 could travel with them, the minister added.
If the workers returned to the kingdom after April 30, they would be given a visa stamp that would be valid until the old visa's expiry date and they would have to pay a Bt2,000 fee, he warned.
In April 2018 240,251 migrant workers went home.
This Songkran it was expected that nearly 300,000 would do so.