Two countries, one visa

[quote name=’anniehou’ date=’Dec 14 2007, 01:16 PM’ post=’123297′]
Friday, 14th December 2007

The Nation (Thailand)
Wed, December 12, 2007

Thailand and Cambodia will sign a single visa agreement on Monday enabling visitors from outside to use only one visa for two countries, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Nitya Pibulsonggram would sign the agreement with this Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong when he makes his official visit to Phnom Penh on Monday.

The pact was a pilot project under the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS).

Set up since 2003, ACMECS is a joint development scheme made of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Under the initiative of "Four countries, One Destination", the ACMECS Single Visa pact aimed to facilitate tourism in the region.

Foreign ministers of four countries agreed in Siem Riep in August 2005 to allow Thailand and Cambodia to implement the scheme first and the remaining members might join later if it is successful.

Visitors from outside could apply entry visa at embassies of either Thailand or Cambodia for two nations, said the ministry’s spokesman Tharit Charungvat.

The arrangement would benefit for tourism of the two countries and visits apply only one visa to both Thailand and Cambodia which have many different attractive sites, he said.

However, the pact would not come into force until the Interior Ministry and concern agencies issued related regulations to enforce, Tharit said but did not say when such related regulations would be finished.


5 thoughts on “Two countries, one visa

  1. This is the right step to prosperity in the region.However, for this to work, we must not tolerate anyone to use Cambodia to sabotageThailand and vice versa.In the future I like to see one visa for all 6 countries (Mekonger), which are Cambodia,Vietnam, China, Laos, Thailand, and Burma. Thus, I hope and pray that everything will worked out and continued to grow.

  2. Thailand has quality national security measure while we have a doubtful one. I used to read news that there is an overseas Vietnamese holding Cambodian citizenship card. It concerns me coz I only think that just Vietnamese in Cambodia do hold this card but now, even the overseas ones. The government should address this situation.

  3. Indeed, Denith, our is security is not quite up to where we wanted it, but you know we are improving it year after year. However, this will not be a factor so long we work closely withthe Thai to route out any perpetrators  who could spoiled our development for the region.

  4. I hope the government addresses this issues as high priority since this can leads to international issues. We need to improve this matter as quick as possible, by any means we have, by any source we can get and by any measures we can afford. Thus, the government should reallocate the national fund for develop the strategy to strengthen up the national security and the related offices. My concern goes beyond this issue because I don\’t want our country to be called "country of terrorists" or "paradise of terrorists." I think we have experienced the capture of one high profile terrorists a few years ago which shows the lacks of quality of our security measures.

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