HA NOI (VNS) — The Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, on Thursday, sent a team to the Immigration Office in Sakaeo province to find out more on the discrimination against Vietnamese citizens entering Thailand.
Thai authorities acknowledged the impolite and unfriendly attitude of some officials at the Aranyaoathet border gate as well as the unpleasant notice board, which states that citizens of some countries, including Viet Nam, might be interrogated.
In accordance with a regulation issued by the Thai Ministry of Interior on May 8, 2000, the border gate requested foreigners, regardless of their nationality, to prove their financial capacity, asking them to show an amount of 20,000 baht (or US$700) in cash before entering the country, they said.
Sakaeo Immigration Office affirmed that it would direct the Aranyaoathet border gate to improve their attitude and immediately remove the board.
The gate would stop taking photographs of visitors holding cash and allow them to show their credit card instead, it added.
The same day, the Foreign Ministry's Consular Department received a diplomatic note from the Thai Embassy in Ha Noi replying to the department's request to explain the case. — VNS