AEC allows freer travel of personal cars


Bangkok – The Department of Land Transport has made known that the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community has allowed for the simplification of regulations on traveling by personal car between neighboring ASEAN countries. 

Deputy Director-General of the Department of Land Transport Jirut Wisanjit explained that Thai citizens can apply for an Automobile Passport that would allow them to use their personal car to cross the border into the Kingdom’s neighbors. At present, Lao PDR and Cambodia have allowed the issuance of the passports to both sedans and pick-up trucks while Vietnam only allows pick-up trucks to apply for the pass. Other ASEAN countries are currently brainstorming applicable regulations.

Drivers are advised that they must also possess their vehicle registration alongside car passports while traveling abroad.

The department is currently drafting regulations to allow temporary usage of automobiles from other ASEAN nations in the Kingdom.