Border checkpoint between Thailand and Cambodia reopened

A checkpoint on the border between Thailand and Cambodia reopened today in the northeastern province of Surin. A line of cars began crossing the border this morning, and the crossing is now open to Thais and foreigners every day from 6am-10pm. This news comes on the same day as three Thailand – Malaysia border crossings have also reopened.

The checkpoint, a major centre for trade and tourism between Northeastern Thailand and Cambodia, has been closed ever since the Covid-19 pandemic hit Thailand in 2020. One Cambodian governor requested that Thailand ease its restrictions for boarder pass holders, and extend their stay in Thailand from three to five days. Surin’s governor said the request would be forwarded to the central government for a decision.

Last week, a spokesperson for Thailand’s CCSA said the deparment agreed to reopen 31 land border checkpoints in 17 provinces on May 1, including Loei, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, Mukdahan, Bueng Kan, Sisaket, Surin, Sa Kaeo, Chantaburi, Trat, Tak, Kanchanaburi, Ranong, Song Khla, Narathiwat, Yala, and Satun provinces.

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