The governments of Cambodia and Thailand in November will launch a new border crossing in Banteay Meanchey province and Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province to facilitate entry of citizens from both countries.
Cambodian officials met with their Thai counterparts on Friday to discuss the new checkpoint, which is located in Ou Chrov district’s Ou Bei Choan commune in Cambodia and Khok Sung district’s Non Mak Mun commune in Thailand.
After the meeting, both sides announced the border would be named Dambon 43 and would be officially launched in November. Until then, citizens from both sides can cross it temporarily.
A police checkpoint and other infrastructure are now being built.
Oum Reatrey, deputy governor of Banteay Meanchey province, said the provincial governor led Cambodian officials to Thailand to discuss the new border crossing.
“Both sides are working to launch the border here which will benefit people from both countries,” he said.
Provincial officials are hoping that the new border will cut down on illegal border crossings.
Chum Samnang, a resident of Banteay Meanchey province, said villagers want the new crossing to open sooner.
“It will be easier for residents of both countries to cross at the Ou Bei Choan commune checkpoint,” he said.
In August, Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities decided to create the new border checkpoint to alleviate heavy traffic at the Poipet International Checkpoint and also offer migrant workers a new legal passageway into Thailand.
Currently, there are six government-operated crossings into Thailand within two districts and Poipet city. Dozens of illegal crossings also offer passageway for migrant workers to sneak into Thailand in search of higher paying jobs.