Cambodia, Thailand team up on common visa option for visitors

Visitors to Cambodia and Thailand will have an easier time crossing the border in the near future, thanks to a historic agreement by the two nations to cooperate on issuing visas. The announcement this week is the first major tourism-focused cooperation implemented under the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy representing Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The other three nations are not yet participating in the common visa scheme.

Nationals of 35 countries will be able to apply for a single visa at either the Cambodian or Thai embassy and, upon approval, will be permitted access to each country for up to 60 days. That’s an increase over the default of 30 for US citizens as well as those of many other countries.

With just Cambodia and Thailand participating this isn’t a as huge an opportunity as it could be. Visa requirements for Myanmar and Vietnam are much more arduous for US citizens and this sort of cooperative visa could significantly ease that burden. And considering I’m on a plane right now headed that direction having gone through the visa application process I’d certainly appreciate the more streamlined process.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


    1. I agree, Andy. Getting something more universal in the region would be great. I’m not holding my breath – this one took 5 years and those countries already had pretty lax policies – but it is a start.

  1. Current Thai tourist visas allow for 60 day entry. Those that elect to use this visa will get the same time period, but only pay 1 visa fee. And will likely be able to back and forth without extra visas or fees involved.

    It would be nice to see follow up as we see peoples experience using them.

  2. what if you are just traveling from the US to Thailand and Cambodia for a week-10 days? Do you need a visa for this? Is there a temporary/short-term visa?

  3. @mk You can get a visa for Cambodia on arrival, if you arrive by air, and Thailand is a waver country.

    Warning about Cambodia, you will have to pay cash at the counter. USD is preferred, though they took my Ringgit begrudgingly.

    @Seth Vietnam Visas are easy if you are already in SEA. It took 1 day at the Embasy in PNH and it supposedly only takes an hour at the consulat in KOS.

    Or you can cross at the border WAY down south at Xa Xia/Prek Chak you can go to Vietnam visa free, but you must exit through the same border.

  4. The worst problem is the changing of rules so often. New rules for the tourist to learn and the immigration officials to get right. The immigration department has improved, but the check-points are still a mess.

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