Cambodia-Vietnam visa exemption agreement pays off
Published on Jul 19, 2010
New visa rules are paying dividends as the Bavet border crossing, which connects Cambodia’s southeastern Svay Rieng province with Vietnam, has seen a surge in tourist numbers over recent months. Since the Cambodia-Vietnam visa exemption agreement took affect, the Bavet International Checkpoint authorities have reported a 22% year-on-year increase in the number of tourists using the crossing to exit Cambodia in the first half of 2010. Speaking to the Phnom Penh Post, Khun Bophan, chief of the Bavet checkpoint, attributed the increased activity to the new visa rules and the relaxation of transport regulations which has made it easier to cross by us or car. This is the most popular crossing point among international tourists to Cambodia, the majority of who come from Vietnam.