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Authorities lobby Thais for passport-free festival

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Cambodian and Thai authorities will meet on Friday in order to form an agreement allowing citizens of both countries to cross the border without a passport during the three-day Sea Festival taking place next month.

Koh Kong Provincial Governor Mithona Phouthorng yesterday said she will lead a delegation to Thailand to discuss the issue in more detail.

“We want it so that citizens would only need their respective identification cards and a stamp from both countries to make it easier for their travels,” Ms Mithona. “We will request Thai authorities to allow our citizens to cross the border for 24 hours without a passport during the Sea Festival in Koh Kong.”

Tourism Minister Thong Khon yesterday said Thais who wish to attend the festival in Cambodia can already do so without a passport.

The Sea Festival will be held in Koh Kong province. MOT

“Thais who wish to cross the border for the festival can use their ID cards instead,” Mr Khon said. “We also ask that Thai authorities also open the border to allow their people to cross without a passport for three days during the Sea Festival.”

He noted that several road projects have been completed and can be used by visitors, while security will be provided to ensure public order during the festival.

“Thai authorities, please cooperate with us and prepare cheap accommodations for our people who want to visit and stay in Thailand,” Mr Khon said.

The 7th annual Sea Festival will be held from December 14 to 16 in Koh Kong province.

Samkhit Vien, Koh Kong provincial police chief, said yesterday that more than 1,000 members of security forces will be deployed during the festival.

Mr Vien said forces will patrol the streets and keep the peace during the three-day festivity.

“There will be a lot of people coming from other provinces as well,” he said. “Our forces will be ready to prevent crime and take action against drug traffickers.”

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