Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Visa-free medical travel period tripled by Thais

Visa-free medical travel period tripled by Thais

Thai doctors perform a fertility treatment at the Jetanin Institute in Bangkok. Thai authorities recently announced that Cambodians can stay in Thailand up to 90 days without a visa for medical treatments.
Thai doctors perform a fertility treatment at the Jetanin Institute in Bangkok. Thai authorities recently announced that Cambodians can stay in Thailand up to 90 days without a visa for medical treatments. Saeed Khan/AFP

Visa-free medical travel period tripled by Thais

The Thai government on Wednesday publicly announced that nationals of five countries, including Cambodia, can visit Thailand for up to 90 days without a visa to seek medical treatment, an official at the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh said yesterday.

Though the new measures went into effect on March 15, they were only publicly announced on Wednesday during a press conference. Previously, the window was 30 days.

Nationals from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and China can seek treatment at 160 hospitals in Thailand.

“The patients, however, are required to inform the hospital where the treatment would take place in advance,” the official wrote in an email. “The hospital would have to send supporting documents and inform the concerned agencies, including the Immigration Division before the patient’s arrival.”

The new regulation also allows up to three individuals related to patients, such as parents, children and spouses, to accompany them for 90 days without a visa as well, the official said.

A press release yesterday from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health says the new measures are in response to the country’s ambition of becoming an “international medical hub”.

Chum Sounry, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cambodia, said he wasn’t yet aware of the new measures, though it was “good news” for Cambodians. He didn’t know about how many Cambodians might seek medical treatment in Thailand annually.

Ly Sovann, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, referred questions to another spokesperson, who couldn’t be reached.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,

  • Capital-Poipet express rail project making headway

    The preliminary results of a feasibility study to upgrade the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway into Cambodia’s first express railway indicate that the project would cost more than $4 billion and would take around four years to complete. The study was carried out by China Road and

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of

  • 61% of 2022 imports came from just 3 markets

    The three largest exporters to Cambodia – mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for 60.94 per cent of the Kingdom’s total merchandise imports last year, at $18.245 billion, which was up 11.99 per cent over 2021, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise. Cambodia’s total imports