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Thai authorities have prepared to welcome back migrant workers from Cambodia as Thailand is moving into phase 7 of its Covid-19 lockdown easing.
Phnom Penh authorities are preparing a parliamentary bill to introduce sweeping changes to the country’s immigration legislation in preparation for the post-pandemic world.
A vice chairman of the Sa Kaeo provincial council has proposed the reopening of the Aranyaprathet border crossing to resume border trade.
Since the opening of border crossings allowing Thai nationals to return from neighbouring countries, only 216 Thai nationals have returned across the Thailand-Cambodia border in Sa Kaeo, a small number compared to the number of Thai nationals currently in Cambodia.
At the Thai-Cambodian border in Sa Kaeo, officials have been working to prevent COVID-19 from spreading across the border. Freight vehicles and drivers must all be disinfected as part of the control effort.
Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng inspected measures to screen out the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-2019) at the border checkpoint of Aranyaprathet district in Sa Kaeo province and promised bilateral cooperation to fight the disease.
Authorities have arrested three Thai citizens who were caught smuggling illegal migrants from Cambodia into Thailand through Sa Kaeo border crossing. The group was aiming to take up employment in Bangkok.