Cambodia and Thailand to Ease Border Crossings for Khmer New Year

This photo shows Poipet border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand. Photo: Ministry of Tourism

PHNOM PENH – The General Department of Immigration has announced a joint agreement between Cambodia and Thailand to ease border crossing for days for Cambodian migrant workers during the Khmer New Year period. From April 1 to May 15, Cambodian workers who return to Thailand will not be charged the usual 1,000-bath fee (about $27.5) to re-enter the country after spending some time in Cambodia.

This initiative aims to ensure efficiency and security as thousands of migrant workers will return to their hometowns in Cambodia to celebrate the New Year. The Buddhist celebrations are one of the only occasions in the year when migrant workers can go back to their home country to meet with their families. Once the new year is over, they return to work in Thailand.

To expedite the entry-exit process for Cambodian workers, the General Department of Immigration has waived the requirement for entry and departure stamps. However, accurate information must be maintained in the immigration database for future reference and professional purposes.

Under the agreement signed between the two countries, Thai authorities will issue a special pass for migrant workers for the period. This will serve as a mark and database for managing Cambodian workers' entry and exit until the set deadline on May 15.

Border officers at the Cambodian-Thailand border are urged to work hand in hand with local authorities to ensure the safe passage of Cambodian workers and passengers, mitigating any potential congestion or health issues.

Prime Minister Hun Manet on Mar. 31 spoke of a positive outcome of streamlining border procedures, saying this will provide good travel experiences for Cambodian citizens during the upcoming Khmer New Year.

Hun Manet called for continued collaboration among border authorities along with relevant ministries and institutions such as the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Labor, to collaborate closely with the General Department of Immigration to prevent congestion and facilitate smooth border crossings with no fees.

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