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Thailand and Cambodia announce combined tourist visa

Posted by somtam2000 on 26/12/2012 at 19:33 admin

Bothe the Bangkok Post and The Nation have stories announcing a new combined tourist visa for Thailand and Cambodia, which in theory is commencing December 27 (today) and will be available from Thai and Cambodian embassies.

The details are still vague at this stage, but it appears to be a visa which will allow 60 days of stay in each country (for a total of 120 days).

On cost, the Nation story says:

"the Thai embassy will charge Bt1,000 for entry into Thailand and the tourist will have to pay the Cambodian visa fee upon arrival in that country and vice versa."

It will be interesting to see how that works out in practice, especially given some unusual exchange rates often get used at the Cambodian border.

There is no word on if multiple issuance of the visas (can people get them back to back), or how many can be had in a year.

There is no word on onwards travel requirements or other eligibility factors for getting the visa.

We assume they are single entry, so you can't cross back and forward between the two countries, and the Nation story confirms that.

Thirtyfive countries have been announced as being eligible for the visa, they are:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahrain, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, India, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Hopefully a more formal outline of the rules and regulations will be out shortly and I'll post again as it does.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 26/12/2012 at 19:40 admin

First question that has come up, if you are eligible for a 30-day visa free stay in Thailand, this doesn't mean you can get a 30-day visa free stay in Cambodia as well. If you required a visa for Cambodia before, you still need one now.

And it is worth pointing out, we assume that the individual visas will still be available -- so if you are planning on going to Thailand for just 14 days and then to Cambodia, you do not need this new visa -- just get a Cambodian visa (at the Khmer border) and do the visa-free entry for Thailand (assuming you are eligible).

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