The Poipet border checkpoint is to be renovated this month to make it easier for tourists and migrant workers to travel between Cambodia and Thailand, according to an Interior Ministry directive.
In a letter published on Friday, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the government had decided to construct a new building at the checkpoint in response to the growth in the number of people crossing the border there.
Banteay Meanchey provincial Governor Soun Bava said the new building will provide many benefits to travellers.
“Our brothers and sisters will be able to rest and have food when they cross the border, and it will be easier for us to engage with them,” he said.
“The current building is very narrow. People just rush to leave the checkpoint and it’s hard to interact with them.”
According to Mr Bava, the building will cover three-stories on 1.5 hectares of land and will also have the capacity to issue passports and work visas.
Thailand will help with the construction.
Provincial Adhoc coordinator Soum Chankea welcomed the move.
“It’s good to build a new checkpoint to serve people, but it must be developed properly. Not just started today and halted later,” he said.