Cambodia travel guide

Cambodian Visas

Passport/visa requirements
In order to visit Cambodia, a visa is required for most nationalities. A passport with at least six month validity is required. Philippine and Malaysian nationals do not require tourist visas for a stay up to 21 and 30 days respectively. Singaporean nationality is also exempt from the usual visa requirement. Visa on arrival is not permitted for holders of the following passports:

Afghanistan; Algeria; Bangladesh; Iran; Iraq; Pakistan; Saudi Arabia; Sri Lanka; and Sudan. Holders of these passports must obtain a Cambodian visa before arriving in the country. Holders of these passports are also required to hold a sponsor letter or invitation from a company / organization / travel agent, and you are also advised to hold a valid return ticket.
 
Availability
Cambodian visas are available on arrival at all international airports in Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap), at overseas Cambodia embassies , at most international border crossing checkpoints in Cambodia, and through the new online E- Visa procedure.
 
Issuance requirements and price
Issuance of a visa on arrival at the airports and international border crossings is relatively quick and easy, taking about 20-30 minutes. One 4x6 photo is required.
 
30-day tourist visa (Type ‘T’): US$20
Tourist visas can be extended for one month, but only one time.
 
30-day business visa (Type ‘E’): US$25
Business visas can be renewed indefinitely, one month, three months, six months or one year at a time.
 
Diplomatic, Official, Courtesy, and Special (Cambodian) visas are issued free of charge. 
 
At overland international border checkpoints with Thailand, visa prices are often set in Thai baht making them significantly more expensive than the official visa price in US dollars.
 
E-Visa
The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs now offers 'e-visa' - visas available online through the Ministry's website. Scan of passport and passport size photo required. Payment by credit card. US$25 for a 30 day visa (three month validity.) Processing time: 3 days. Issued by email and print from from your computer. The Ministry recently announced that e-visa entry points now include Siem Reap International Airport, Phnom Penh International Airport, the Bavet/Moc Bai border crossing, the Poipet/Aranyaprathet border crossing and the Koh Kong/Had Lek border crossing. To order an E-visa see the following website: http://www.mfaic.gov.kh/e-visa/vindex.aspx 
 
Warning :  In March13, 2009 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning  about certain websites selling fraudulent e-Visas. Do not purchase e-Visas through any website other that the official Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website   : http://www.mfaic.gov.kh/e-visa/vindex.aspx 
 

Visa Renewal: Renew visas through a travel agent or the ‘Immigration Department’ on Confederation de Russie (‘Airport Road’), located opposite Phnom Penh International Airport. Tel: 012-581558. Fax: 023-890380. E-mail: visa_info@online.com.kh.
 Renew Diplomatic, Courtesy and Official visas at the Consular section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
Visas at Overland Border Crossings
 
Border crossing with Laos:
Border policies are not stable. Travelers report that Cambodian visas are available at the border but Laotian visas are not available at the border.
 
Border crossings with Vietnam
Cambodian visas are available at the Moc Bai/Bavet and 'Chau Doc' border crossings. Vietnamese visas are not available at any overland border crossing
 
Border crossings with Thailand:
Cambodian visas and 30-day Thai transit visas are available at all Thai/Cambodian border crossings. Thai transit visas are free of charge. Other types of Thai visas are not available. At the Poipet and Kohkong  crossings, Cambodian immigration usually charges 1000-1200 baht for a tourist visa and 1500-1600 baht for a business visa. Unlike the rest of the country, they usually refuse dollars. At current exchange rates, the price in baht is significantly more expensive than the official prices of $20 and $25. Some people have had some success paying the official price in dollars by being politely insistent.

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