A Cambodian visa is required for
almost all foreign nationalities visiting Cambodia. Usually it's
quite easy to obtain a visa, but please read the following
information carefully before planning your trip to
Cambodia. Also make sure to check if there are any specific
requirements for your country since visa regulations can change
Before applying for a Cambodian visa, you will need to fulfill
some requirements. First of all, you'll need an international
passport, issued by your country and valid for at least six months
starting from the entry date in Cambodia. You'll also need one
passport-size photograph, taken no more then 12 months
The nationals of
Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam don't
need a Cambodian visa for a stay up to 30 days. Also citizens from
the Philippines don't require a visa but they can only
stay for a maximum of 21 days.
Cambodia offers several visa types to visitors of the country,
from which the tourist and business visa are the most common
A tourist visa (Type 'T') costs US$20 and is
valid for 30 days. Tourist visas can only be extended 1 time for an
extra period of 30 days.
A business visa (Type 'E') costs US$25 and is
valid for 30 days. Business visa can be extended indefinitely for 1
month, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year at a time.
This visa can only be given to Cambodian descendants that
enter Cambodia with a foreign passport. They need to have valid
documents to show that their parents were cambodian citizens. The
K-visa will be issued one time and free of charge. The visa will
allow the applicants to enter the Cambodian kingdom an unlimited
number of times.
Diplomatic, Offical and Courtesy visas
are provided for free, but you will have to meet the very specific
requirements for these visa types.
Most people apply for a visa on arrival in Cambodia. However,
it's also possible to obtain a visa beforehand by applying for it
online or by contacting an overseas Cambodian embassy.
A Cambodian visa on
arrival can be purchased on entering the
country, either at one of the international airports or at one of
the official checkpoints when crossing the border by
There are currently only two international
airports in Cambodia, one in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh
and one in Siem Reap. Cambodian visas are available at both of
these airports. Visit http://www.cambodia-airports.com/
for more information.
If you are entering Cambodia by land, you can apply
for a visa at one of the official checkpoints. These checkpoints
are available at the following border
The Poipet border crossing:
Since most tourists coming from Thailand use the Poipet
border crossing, queues can sometimes get very long. Try to arrive
early at the border and avoid weekends if you don't want to lose
know: When you apply for a visa on arrival in
Cambodia and fail to provide the required photograph, the official
will ususally charge you US$1 extra on top of the applicable visa
The Ministry of Foreign Affaires and International Cooperation
has established a system to process an online visa for Cambodia.
You will have to complete the online application and provide a scan
of your passport and photo (4x6). You will have to pay US$25 by
credit card (US$20 for the visa and US$5 processing charge). The
processing time will take 3 days and it permits you to stay for 30
days in Cambodia. It is valid for 3 months from the issuing date.
The visa will be issed to your email. So please print it out when
travelling to Cambodia.
You can enter Cambodia with an E-visa trought the following
international airports and overland border
You can apply for the E-visa on the following website: http://www.mfaic.gov.kh/evisa/.
Make sure to read the latest E-visa requirements carefully since
they can change regularly.
Not supported countries:
If you are a citizen of one of the following countries,
then you will not be able to apply for an E-visa: Afghanistan,
Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Sudan, Nigeria. Please research if you can apply for a visa on
arrival or contact the nearest Cambodian embassy.
A third way to obtain a visa is through one of the overseas
Cambodian embassies. Check the following list of Cambodian embassies
to see if there's one available in your country.
The following 3 documents have to be filled in when you apply
for a visa on arrival. It doesn't matter if you arrive by air or by
land. Make sure you indicate clearly for which visa you are
applying. It's impossible to change a tourist visa into a business
If you want to stay longer than 30 days in Cambodia, you will
have to extend your visa at the Immigration Department in Phnom
Penh. Their offices are located on Nr 223, Confederation
de Russie (Airport Road), opposite the Phnom Penh International
Airport. Contact them by phone on +855 12 581 558.
However, when you stay in Siem Reap or another city, you don't
need to travel to Phnom Penh. You can just ask a local travel
agency to take care of the extension. They will charge you a fee
for the extention and you will have to provide them with a
passport-size photograph (4x6). You will have your passport and
visa extention back in about 3-4 days.
A tourist visa can only be extended 1 time for 30 days
and single entry. A tourist visa extension will cost you around 45
A business visa can be extended for:
A diplomatic, offical and courtesy visa can be extended at the
Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affaires and International
Cooperation in Phnom Penh.
Good to know: When you
overstay your visa, you will have to pay US$5 a day as a penalty on
leaving the country.
Beware of visa scams at all overland border
crossings, but especially at Poipet and Koh Kong. Never let
somebody else arrange a visa for you. The visa application is very
easy and only costs $US20 for a tourist visa. Do not listen to
drivers and touts who will offer their help and make you believe
that a visa costs US$40 or more.
Some immigration officials will ask a 100 bath surcharge at the
Poipet immigration office. 100 bath is more or less US$3. Decide
for yourself if you are willing to pay this extra 'bribe' or not.
To avoid it, you could ask them in a polite way for a
receipt or explanation. However, never lose your good mood or show
any anger. This can only give you extra hassle.
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