Phnom Dey border re-opens for trade, travellers still banned

Thai-Cambodia border affairs officials have confirmed that Thailand has agreed to re-open the Phnom Dey International border to trade after it was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thai authorities banned travel between the two countries on March 18 but allowed goods to be exchanged via lorries at the O’Smach and Poipet International checkpoints and the Doung border. Transporting goods by oxcart was no longer permitted.

With all trade being channelled through only three borders, long queues formed and goods were often delivered late, prompting Cambodian officials to approach Thailand with a request to open more borders.

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