Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Thai-Cambodian single visa for 35 nationals gets underway
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;
12. Hong Kong
23. New Zealand
29. South Africa
33. United Arab Emirates
34. United Kingdom
35. United States of America