Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities yesterday began issuing a new border pass for residents who wish to cross into Thailand for business.
Provincial authorities released a statement yesterday informing residents of the province that they are eligible for the new passes, which were agreed upon by both countries.
The statement said the new border pass will cost $5 and be valid for two years for multiple entries in and out of Thailand.
Banteay Meanchey Governor Soun Bovor said residents can make use of a one-window service set up for the passes.
“Residents who live permanently in Banteay Meanchey can come to the one-window service at the provincial hall from now on,” he said.
Dan Nin, 41, a Banteay Meanchey resident, said the passes will make business easy for those crossing into Thailand for work.
“Most residents who will use the service are people who regularly cross into Thailand to buy or sell products for their businesses,” she said.
“This will make it easier for them. Before they had to spend a lot of time in lines waiting to cross.”
In early 2017, the Interior Ministry announced that a new immigration office at the Poipet International Border Checkpoint was planned at a cost of more than $2 million.
The new office will facilitate the checking of passports and relevant documents as well as help resolve border congestion.