Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia Programme

National Laws and Policies


  • Cambodia, Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation, 2008 (PDF500KB)
  • Cambodia, Sub-Decree #190 on The Management of the Sending of Cambodian Workers Abroad through Private Recruitment Agencies, August 2011 (PDF49.2KB)
  • Cambodia, Prakas(Official proclamation) No 047 on Private Recruitment Agency. February 2013 PDF28.7KB
  • Cambodia, Labour Migration Policy for Cambodia 2015-2018, December 2014 (PDF1.42MB)
  • Cambodia, Prakas 252, 13. Prakas 252 On site service of the Private Recruitment Agency and repatriation, September 2013 (PDF25.9KB)
  • Cambodia, Prakas 249, Complaint Receiving Mechanism for Migrant Workers, September 2013 (PDF25KB)




  • Myanmar, The Social Security Act, 1954 PDF1.08MB
  • Myanmar/Burma, Law Relating to Overseas Employment, July 1999 (PDF103KB (2))
  • MOEAF, “Code of Conduct for the Members of Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation”, August 2016 (PDF5.39MB)


  • Presidential Decree 442, Labor Code of the Philippines: English
  • Republic Acts
  •  Philippines Fisheries Code, RA 8550: English
  • Philippines Coastguard Law, RA 9993: English
  • Special Protection of Children Act, RA 9231: English
  • Migrant Workers Act 1995, RA 8042 as amended by RA 10022: English
  • Social Security Law, RA 1161 (as amended by Sec. 1, P.D. No. 24, S-1972): English
  •  An Act Further Strengthening The Social Security System Thereby Amending For This Purpose, RA 1161, as amended, RA 8282: English
  •  An Act To Prevent Deter And Eliminate Illegal, Unreported And Unregulated Fishing, Amending RA 8550, Otherwise Known As “THE PHILIPPINE FISHERIES CODE OF 1998,” And For Other Purposes, RA 10654: English
  • Home Development Mutual Fund Law of 2009, RA 9679: English
  • Republic Act No. 10635 (An Act Establishing the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as the Single Maritime Administration Responsible for the Implementation and Enforcement of the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, as amended: English
  • DOLE Order 141/2014: English
  • DOLE Order 147/15: Amending the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Book VI of the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended: English
  • DOLE Order 156/2016: English
  • DOLE Order 196/2018 amending DOLE Order 156/2016: English
  • DOLE Order 198 of 2018 Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11058: English
  • DOLE, Occupational Safety and Health Standards: English
  • MARINA, Rules and Regulations on Stability Requirements for Philippine-Registered Domestic Ships (Stability Code, MARINA Circular No. 5 of 2007): English
  • MARINA, Philippines Fishing Vessels Safety Rules and Regulations (PFVSRR): English
  • Philippines Coast Guard, Memorandum Circular No. 5 of 2012 (Master’s Declaration of Safe Departure): English
  • Philippines Coast Guard, Memorandum Circular No. 6 of 1990 (Marine Protest): English
  • Omnibus Rules to Implement the Labor Code of the Philippines: English 
  • Revised 2016 POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Seafarers (Seafarers’ POEARR): English
  • POEA, Memorandum Circular No. 10 of 2010 (Amended Standard Terms and Conditions Governing Employment of Filipino Seafarers on Board Ocean Going Ships); Referred to in the text as “STC for Employment of Filipino Seafarers”: English
  • POEA Memorandum Circular No. 4 of 2013 (One-Page Covering Employment Contract): English

  • Thailand, Immigration Act, B.E. 2522 (PDF 88KB
  • Thailand, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act B.E 2551 (2008) January 30, 2008 Thai (PDF193KB) , English (PDF58KB) (Source: //
  • Thailand, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (No.2) B.E. 2558 (2015) November 3, 2015 Thai (PDF76KB)
  • Thailand, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (No.3) B.E. 2560 (2017) January 26, 2017 Thai (PDF74KB)
  • Thailand, Royal Ordinance, Additional amendments to Emergency Decree Amending the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act B.E. 2551 (2008), B.E. 2562 (2019) ENG version ( PDF148KB)
  • Thailand, Alien Work Act B.E 2551 (2008) Feburary 13, 2008 Thai (PDF706KB) , English (PDF553KB) (Source: //
  • Thailand, Labour Protection Act B.E. 2541 (1998) incorporated amendments as of B.E. 2551(2008), English (PDF)
  • Thailand, The Social Security Act (No. 4) 2015 (B.E. 2558) (PDF444K)
  • Thailand, Ministerial Announcement 2019 (B.E. 2562) Thai(PDF)
  • Thailand, Royal Ordinance on Bringing Migrant Workers to Work with Employers in Thailand B.E.2559 (2016) (PDF1.22MB)
  • Thailand, Royal Decree on Managing the Work of Aliens B.E. 2560 (2017)Thai version:(PDF264KB) English version: (PDF103KB)
  • Thailand, Royal Ordinance on Migrant Working Management (No 2) B.E. 2561 (2018)Thai version (PDF201KB)
  • Thailand, Emergency Decree on Fisheiries B.E. 2558 (2015) English version (PDF524KB)
  • Thailand, Royal Ordinance on Fisheries (No.2) B.E. 2560 (2017) English version (PDF765KB)
  • Thailand, Ministerial Regulation on Occupational Safety, Health, and Welfare System of Crews in Fisheries B.E. 2559 (2016) (PDF)

Viet Nam

  • Decision No.78/QĐ-TTG: National Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing up to 2025, English version (pdf)
  • Decree No: 05/2015/ND-CP dated January 12, 2015 of the Government defining and providing guidance on the implementation of a number of contents of the Labor Code 1/12/2015, English version (pdf) (no longer active replaced by Decree No:145/2020/NĐ-CP: DECREE ELABORATION OF SOME ARTICLES OF THE LABOR CODE ON WORKING CONDITIONS AND LABOR RELATIONS (see attached)
  • Decree providing details and directives on the implementation of several articles  of the law on Health Insurance, English version (pdf)
  • Decree 17: Amendments to the government’s decree no. 67/2014/ND-CP dated 07, 2014 On certain Fishery Development Policies, English version (pdf)
  • Directive 45/CT-TTG: On a number of tasks and solutions to remove the warning of the European  Commission against Illegal,  Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU), English version (pdf)
  • Employment Law (Law No. 38/2013/QH13), English version (pdf)
  • Fisheries Law No. 18/2017/QH14, English version (pdf)
  • Fisheries Law No. 17/2003/qh 11, English version (pdf)
  • Law No. 46/2014/QH13 amending the Law on Health Insurance, Vietnamese version (pdf)
  • Labour Code 2019, English version (pdf)
  • Law on Occupational Safety and Health (Law No. 84/2015/QH13), English version (pdf)
  • Law on Vocational Education (Law No. 74/2014/QH13), English version (pdf)
  • Letter No 57/ CLCL-CL1: Requirements for Fishery Consignments imported into Vietnam for further  processing and export to EU, English version (pdf)
  • Social Insurance Laws (No. 58/2014/QH 13), English version (pdf)
  • Trade Unions Law (No. 12/2012/QH13), English version (pdf)
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