A total of 126 Thais are being detained in Bahrain for abusing and overstaying their tourist visas, the chief of the Labour Ministry’s Employment Department said on Saturday.
Waranon Pitiwan, the director-general of the Employment Department, said he had been informed by the Thai Labour Protection Office in Saudi Arabia that many Thais had abused the visa-on-arrival facility to illegally work in Bahrain.
Waranon said so far Bahraini authorities have detained 126 Thais for overstaying their visa on arrival.
He said some Thai women have also been lured to work as prostitutes in the Middle East country.
Waranon urged Thais wanting to work in Bahrain to seek employment via legal channels as Bahraini authorities have warned they would strictly enforce the immigration law against Thais.