Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Thai border crossings eased

Thai border crossings eased

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodian and Thai officials discuss border reopening at a meeting in Bangkok. Royal Cambodian Embassy

Thai border crossings eased

The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders.

The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.

The announcement came after Cambodian and Thai officials held a meeting on the same day to discuss the possibility of reopening borders to help their economies.

Those allowed to enter Thailand include Thai nationals, visitors with embassy permission, consular officers, government and NGO representatives, and foreigners who have business to conduct in Thailand, such as merchants.

Visitors with spouses or parents in Thailand, students enrolled in Thai schools, and foreigners who need health checks may enter, but those who test positive for Covid-19 will be barred, said the announcement.

The Wednesday meeting at the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok was attended by Cambodian ambassador to Thailand Ouk Sorphorn and chairman of the Thai-Cambodia Business Council Chanit Chan Chhay Naron.

According to the Cambodian Embassy in Thailand’s Facebook page, the meeting was held to discuss the opening of the Poipet international checkpoint near Banteay Meanchey (Cambodia) and Sa Kaeo (Thailand).

The border openings would allow Cambodians who need health checks to enter Thailand for one day. Likewise, Thai businesspeople would be allowed to enter Cambodia for a day.

If the border openings prove successful, both parties will request the opening of other border checkpoints such as those in O’ Smach in Oddar Meanchey province, Doung in Battambang province and Cham Yeam in Koh Kong province.

The openings would encourage tourism and trade between the two countries as well as boost the economies, according to the Cambodian embassy.

Thai embassy officials could not be reached for comment about the possibility of opening important international checkpoints.

A Xinhua News Agency report published on Monday said a spokesman for Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Visanuyothin, said the CCSA decided to open 37 border checkpoints with Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.

The CCSA said there are 14 border checkpoints with Laos, eight with Myanmar, seven with Cambodia and eight with Malaysia.

According to data from the Thai Ministry of Commerce, in the first four months of this year, bilateral trade between Cambodia and Thailand reached $3.1 billion, an increase of 18.3 per cent over the same period last year.

Of that total, exports to Thailand accounted for $687 million, a 106 per cent increase from last year, while Thai imports accounted for $2.4 billion, a 5.6 per cent increase.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Mr Pancake or M Crepe? Tasty by any title

    Crowds of people gather around a lone man with a mobile food cart every day at around 2pm in front of the Institut Francais du Cambodge to order what many say are the best crepes in Phnom Penh. To some – even to the man making

  • Phnom Penh condo market loses steam

    Just four new condominiums were launched for sale last year in the capital, down from 17 in 2020, according to research by CBRE Cambodia. The four developments comprised “more than 1,000” units, while the 17 in 2020 consisted of 10,866, the real estate firm reported. CBRE Cambodia categorises condos as “high-range”, “

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer

  • Singapore backs Cambodia's efforts on Myanmar

    Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong supports Cambodia in its efforts to seek a solution to the ongoing Myanmar crisis as the chair of ASEAN. Lee expressed his support during a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen via videoconference on January 14, with the talks focused