Travel permits for Thai labourers to go to Ukraine suspended during crisis

A view shows the wreckage of an unidentified aircraft which crashed into a private house in a residential area in Kyiv on February 25, 2022. – Russian forces reached the outskirts of Kyiv on Friday as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the invading troops were targeting civilians and explosions could be heard in the besieged capital. Pre-dawn blasts in Kyiv set off a second day of violence after Russian President Vladimir Putin defied Western warnings to unleash a full-scale ground invasion and air assault on Thursday that quickly claimed dozens of lives and displaced at least 100,000 people. (Photo by GENYA SAVILOV / AFP)

Thailand’s Department of Employment has suspended travel permits for Thai labourers bound for Ukraine following the country’s declaration of state of emergency.

The department’s director, Pairoj Chotikasathien, said Friday that their offices across the country have also been ordered to inform Thai labourers intending to travel to Ukraine or Russia about the situation.

The director also warned Thais to not fall prey to scammers claiming to be able to send them to Ukraine, because travel permits are currently suspended and will remain so until the situation improves.

At least 139 Thai labourers are currently in Ukraine according to the department and the Thai Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, has prepared plans to evacuate Thai people from Ukraine if the crisis deteriorates.


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