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Cambodia and Thailand take first step toward creating an EU-like visa scheme in Asia

Excerpt from National Multimedia

Dec 26, 2012 1:20 pm

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A single-step visa process would boost tourism among Asian destinations by bringing tourists to less-visited countries and expanding current itinerary options. Unfortunately, fees must still be paid at each border crossing.

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From today, tourists from 35 countries need only apply for one visa to visit both Thailand and Cambodia. This is part of Acmecs Single Visa – the first step toward an Asean version of the European Union’s Schengen Visa scheme.

Visitors who want to visit both countries can apply for a visa at either country’s embassy.

The Acmecs Single Visa should boost tourism in both countries as well as fulfill Thailand’s objective to become a regional hub for tourism, said Foreign Minister Surapong Towichuk-chaikul…

“If the initial project is successful, then the remaining Acmecs members will join the scheme,” Surapong told the press.

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