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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Thai-Cambodian single visa for 35 nationals gets underway

Starting from Thursday, tourists from 35 countries will be able to enter Thailand and Cambodia with a single visa, under an agreement reached by the foreign ministers of the two countries on Wednesday. (Check list of 35 countries inside)

Under the the Ayeyawady -Chao Phraya Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy single visa, tourists from Australia to the United States can apply for entry visas at Thai or Cambodian embassies or consulate offices for the two destinations.

The Acmecs single visa, which is similar to European Union's Schengen arrangement, would benefit the Thai and Cambodian tourism industries, said Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul.

He was speaking after jointly chairing the 8th Joint Commission with his Cambodia counterpart Hor Namhong in Bangkok.

The Acmecs single visa was initially proposed for the four original member countries of Acmecs, which also include Laos and Myanmar. If Thailand and Cambodia are successful, the remaining members would later join, Surapong said.

Thailand received 21 million tourists this year while 2.3 million visitors visited Cambodia in the first eight months of this year.

The 35 countries are;

1. Australia

2. Austria

3. Belgium

4. Bahrain

5. Canada

6. China

7. Denmark

8. Finland

9. France

10. Germany

11. Greece

12. Hong Kong

13. Iceland

14. Ireland

15. Israel

16. Italy

17. India

18. Japan

19. Korea

20. Kuwait

21. Luxembourg

22. Netherlands

23. New Zealand

24. Norway

25. Oman

26. Portugal

27. Qatar

28. Spain

29. South Africa

30. Sweden

31. Switzerland

32. Turkey

33. United Arab Emirates

34. United Kingdom

35. United States of America


Anonymous said...

Great to know. But it is not clear for the Cambodian descents live outside Cambodia. Most of us have Dual-Citizenships.
For Cambodia most of us as Cambodian descents have a long term visa without fee. Of course we have to pay for the formalities.
Can we also go to Thailand with the same visa as we have on our passport or we still need to have a visa like other westerner people ?
Can someone tell us more about this visa-system.

Anonymous said...

Come on man $30 visa each is not a bid deal, eventhough you are Khmer overseas pay $30 to our Khmer embassy to help Cambodia is nothing and you will be gotten respect.

You will not pay visa for entry to Cambodia but you may pay for visa when you entry to Thailand. if you unemploy and have no money then do not go to Thailand but you can still go to Cambodia for free visa

Anonymous said...

Agree with your comment,
But in case someone of us Cambodian descent has a valid visa for Cambodia, but fights into Bangkok (transit) and from Bangkok travel by bus to Cambodia.
Because they want to know the western part of the country and use the bus services Bangkok Phnom Penh Bangkok or Bangkok Siem Reap Bangkok.

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Anonymous said...

Hong Kong is among the 35 countries? Really? I didn't know Hong Kong is a country, not part of China.