Before Traveling to Cambodia
Here is a tip for visitors before traveling to Cambodia. You must read this carefully by your own attention.
What to bring?
Travelers should remember to pack, mosquito repellent, sunglasses, sport or closed-toed shoes, and an umbrella if visiting Cambodia during the rainy season and also remember to discuss with your doctor any medications you might need for your visit.
Not only is a passport important, but you also need to make sure that it is valid at least 6 months beyond the end of your trip. Cambodian immigration will not issue a visa if you have less than 6 month validity left on your passport.
It’s also important to make sure that there is plenty of space left in your passport, at least 1 for visa stamp. Cambodian Visa alone takes up one page.
Losing passport is not the end of the world, but it is a huge inconvenience. To issue new passport, you should keep a photocopy of your passport details somewhere.
A visa on arrival, valid for 30 days, is issued at Siem Reap International Airport, Phnom Penh International Airport, and International Border Checkpoints. It can also be granted at consulate abroad or Royal Cambodian Embassy. The visa fee for a tourist is US$20, while the visa fee for a businessman is US$25. You may extend your Visa at at Immigration Department in Phnom Penh .
Cambodian government has recently approved E-visas. All you have to do is complete the online application form at the official website (https://www.evisa.gov.kh/), pay by credit card online, and you may upload a recent passport-size photo in JPEG/ PNG format. The visa will be approved within three business days.
Application for an entry visa requires the followings:
- A completed visa application form
- Passport valid at least further 6 months balance at the time of entry
- One recent photograph (4×6)
- Appropriate visa fee
- Supporting documents for business and official visas
- USD25 for Business visa (E)
- USD20 for Tourist visa (T)
- Diplomatic, Courtesy, Official and Special (Cambodian national) visas are issued gratis. Important: Tourists need sufficient funds for their stay and a return ticket in order to be admitted into the country.
The nationals of the Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam do not need a tourist visa and many stay in Cambodia for 21 and 30 days respectively.
Countries not supported (not allow to get visa on arrival) : Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Srilanka, Sudan, Nigeria. The nationals need to apply visa from your nearest embassy before enter to Cambodia.
The tourist (T) and business (E) visas may be extended at the Immigration Department, National Police. The Diplomatic Visa(A), Official Visa (B) and Courtesy Visa (C) may be extended at the Consular Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Note: A tourist visa can be extended only once for up to one month (single entry). A business visa can be extended for:
- One month (Single entry)
- Three months (Single entry)
- Six months (Multiple entry)
- One year (Multiple entry)
Overstaying your visa: Overstaying your visa is not a huge crime but it is expensive. You have to pay US$5 fine for each day you have overstayed. The payment may be made at immigration checkpoint when you leave.
Vaccination is not required for entry into Cambodia, but Veayoleta Travel suggests you check with doctor as some countries recommend their citizens be inoculated before embarking on an oversea adventure.
Even if you are fit and healthy, don’t travel without health insurance – accidents do happen. State any existing medical conditions of yours – the insurance company will check if your problem is pre-existing and will not cover you if it is undeclared. You may require extra cover for adventure activities such as rock climbing. If your health insurance doesn’t cover you for medical expenses abroad, consider getting extra insurance – www.lonelyplanet.com for more information.
The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering Southeast Asia. If you are traveling to Southeast Asia from Africa or South America you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.