Cambodia and Thailand take first step toward creating an EU-like visa scheme in Asia
A tourist takes a photograph while taking a boat trip in Kep, Cambodia. Joseph Ferris / Flickr.com
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.
Excerpt from National Multimedia
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.