Thailand waives medical health insurance for Cambodian migrant staff

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Cambodian migrant staff aren’t any longer required to supply Covid-19 medical health insurance to enter Thailand because the requirement has been waived by the Thai government since July1.

Ngor Mengchroun, deputy governor of Banteay Meanchey province, said that medical health insurance will not be mandatory because the Thai government has eased many Covid-19 safety measures.

“The waiving off of medical health insurance helps staff who found the insurance very costly. Now, they don’t should pay an extra fee to cross borders,” he said.

He identified that previously migrant staff were required to pay $50 for medical health insurance that covers as much as $10,000 in medical expenses.

“In the event that they are infected with Covid-19 throughout the first month they are going to get the advantage of $10,000 in treatment costs. If the quantity exceeds this limit, they should pay the balance themselves,” he said.

Mengchroun noted that now the restrictions are gone, migrant staff can stop feeling cheated out of $50 for a month’s value of Covid-19 medical health insurance.

“Only 5% of the greater than 200 migrant staff who return every day are unvaccinated, and as of today (July 11), we’ll not confine them. As an alternative, we’ll only subject them to rapid antigen diagnosing; if the outcomes are negative, we’ll vaccinate them directly on the border,” he said.

He added that in contrast to the past, in the event that they test positive and show mild symptoms, they will receive home treatment by following the rules of the Ministry of Health. Nonetheless, health officials will proceed to closely monitor them.

Loeng Sophon, a Thailand-based officer for Cambodian labour rights group Central, said, “Many Covid-19 entry-point restrictions have been scraped for all travellers, including Cambodian migrant staff. So, they do not need to buy medical health insurance before going to Thailand.”

Oddar Meanchey deputy governor Dy Rado said that despite the fact that migrant staff do not need to pay for medical health insurance, they should follow the regulations like two doses of vaccinations and rapid test upon arrival.

He warned staff who try to sneak into Thailand illegally with the assistance of brokers that they’re under the scanner of each Cambodia and Thailand authorities.

 

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