Cambodia wants to facilitate Thai people residing along the border provinces to visit Siem Reap – Angkor

(Phnom Penh): Inter-Ministerial Committee for Facilitating Travel and Transporting Tourists and Passengers at Nationwide International Borders Crossing and International Checkpoints raised opinion in relation to the attraction of Thai people residing along Cambodia bordering provinces to visit Siem Reap province, especially to Angkor resort.

The raising of the request was made in a Plenary Meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Facilitating Travel and Transporting Tourists and Passengers at Nationwide International Borders Crossing and International Checkpoints, on 19th September 2022, at the office of the ministry of tourism, presided over by H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Facilitating Travel and Transporting Tourists and Passengers at Nationwide International Borders Crossing and International Checkpoints.

His Excellency Hor Sarun, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism and Deputy Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Facilitating Travel and Transporting Tourists and Passengers at Nationwide International Borders Crossing and International Checkpoints said after the meeting that minister Thong Khon rose up an opinion was a proposal to the Royal Government to allow Thai people residing along Cambodia bordering provinces to cross into Siem Reap province, which is the second province (following the first province, border provinces) by just only using Border Pass (without Passport).

For example, a Thai person who resides in Sa Kaeo province when entering Banteay Meanchey can enter Siem Reap, and those in Surin province when entering Oddar Meanchey can enter Siem Reap. His Excellency Hor Sarun said, “Some Thai people want to visit Angkor Wat, but they do not have a passport, so if they live in a border province, they can apply for a border card and visit Angkor as well”. The Secretary of State continued that if this is done, Cambodia will benefit more from tourism through the direct visit of Thai tourists living in the provinces bordering Cambodia.

It should be informed that the provinces of Thailand bordering Cambodia include:

* Ubon Ratchathani is adjacent to Preah Vihear province.

* Si Sa Ket is adjacent to Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey provinces.

* Surin Province is adjacent to Oddar Meanchey Province.

* Buri Ram Province is adjacent to Oddar Meanchey and Banteay Meanchey Provinces.

Sa Kaeo Province is adjacent to Banteay Meanchey and Battambang Provinces.

* Chanthaburi province is adjacent to Battambang and Bailin provinces.

* Trat Province is adjacent to Bailin, Battambang, Pursat and Koh Kong Provinces.

Currently, Cambodia and Thailand are implementing entry/exit permits for people living on both sides of the border. Border Pass holders can cross the border without a passport. To get this border card, people just need to have an ID card can apply for this border card.