Cambodia Country Guide

Getting In

 
 

Visa

All visitors, except citizens of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam need a visa to enter Cambodia. The official price for a tourist visa is USD20, and USD25 for an ordinary visa. Staff may try to charge more at some land border crossings: hold out for the official price, particularly at major crossings but don't be upset if you have to pay USD1-2 extra.
 
 
 
 
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Applying for a Visa
Visas can be obtained at the Cambodian embassies or consulates. Visas are also available "on arrival" at both international airports (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap), all six international border crossings with Thailand, some international border crossings with Vietnam and at the main border crossing with Laos.
  • Tourist visa - All are valid for one stay of up to 30 days. Those issued in advance expire 90 days after issue. In Phnom Penh (or elsewhere via agencies), tourist visas can be extended only once, allowing an additional 30 days at a cost of USD15.
  • Visa-E or Business visa – This is the best choice for those wishing to stay for over 2 months with multiple entries, as a business visa can be extended indefinitely (around USD145 for 6 month extension and USD290 for 12 month extension). Most Phnom Penh travel agencies process the extensions.
To apply for a visa, you will need one or two (depending on where you apply) passport-size photo(s). The passport must be valid for at least 6 months and has at least one completely blank visa page remaining and 
clean US dollar notes to pay the fee - expect to pay a substantially higher price if paying in a local currency.

Border control at Poipet by LigerCommon

Visa on Arrival
At Phnom Penh Airport head to the Visa on Arrival desk and join the queue to the left, where your application form is reviewed (you should have been given the form on the plane). Then move to the right and wait for your name to be called. You then pay and receive your passport with the visa. Officials may have difficulties pronouncing foreign names so stay alert and listen out for any of your names in your passport, any of your given names or surname may be called. Once reunited with your passport, join the immigration queue.

Phnom Penh Airport by Chikumaya

Scams
In Poipet, several scams abound. A favourite is the Cambodian custom officers asking tourists to pay 1000 Baht (about USD30) for a visa on arrival, instead of USD20. Stand firm but stay friendly and keep smiling, they rarely insist it. Scams on the Thai side of the border, at Aranyaprathet, are even more common. Don't get on a "government bus" to the border, don't accept the help of someone who works for "Thai immigration" at your hotel or elsewhere, and don't go to shops marked "visas available here" next to the border. If you don't have a passport photo, immigration officers will scan in the one on your passport for USD1-2. 
 
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