Cabinet extends Thai-Malaysian border pass validity

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BANGKOK, Dec 11 – The cabinet on Tuesday extended the validity and stay period of Thai-Malaysian border passes to facilitate mutual trade and tourism.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Pakdiharn Himathongkham said border passes issued for visiting, travel, short training courses, meetings or seminars for less than six months, earlier valid for six months, will be extended to one year after the cabinet endorsement.

Seven-day stay period visas are extended to 30 days, covering Thailand’s southern border provinces of Songkhla, Satun, Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani and Malaysia’s Kedah, Kelantan, Perak and Perlis instead of an area within a 25-kilometre radius as earlier stated.

The decision is aimed to facilitate border trade and boost social and cultural cooperation, the deputy government spokesperson said.