Christophe Borgers

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  • #3320

    Christophe Borgers
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    Hi, welcome to the forum!

    That information is still correct. No driving license is needed for motorbikes up to 125cc. Be aware though that it’s not allowed for tourists to rent / ride a motorbike in Siem Reap. No problem in the rest of Cambodia. 🙂

    More information here: https://www.siemreap.net/forum/topic/renting-a-motorbike-in-siem-reap/

    Chris

    #2117

    Christophe Borgers
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    Hi Antonette, are you the only foreign teacher at your school? If not, they should have registered with the ministry of labor long time ago and it’s not a good sign that they haven’t taken care of this yet. An application for a “foreign quota approval” must be submitted by the school before any of their foreign staff can apply for a work permit. It’s the school’s responsibility. If you can’t wait for the school to get their things in order, then maybe you can try to apply as self-employed? I don’t know how strict the MOL is these days, but that used to work for some people i know before their employer applied for the quota approval.

    Btw, I assume that the urgent need for a work permit is because you need to renew your business visa?

    #1934

    Christophe Borgers
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    Hi Chylo,

    Your best bet is probably visiting either Siem Reap’s Old Market or one of the many souvenir & night markets in town. I would recommend Angkor Night Market and the adjacent Phally Angkor Night Market. I’ve spotted several t-shirt sellers there. Show them the design you found on ebay. If they don’t sell it themselves, they probably know someone else who does!

    Cheers,
    Chris

    #1810

    Christophe Borgers
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    According to an article in the Phnom Penh Post, the rumors about Aeon Mall coming to Siem Reap are a bit premature.

    Kim Chhay Heang, Siem Reap’s deputy provincial governor, said Siem Reap would welcome additional retail infrastructure.

    “We have only received the news about Aeon opening a branch in Siem Reap from the civilians. We have yet to receive any official information from Aeon’s management team.”

    The article does refer to the construction site near Road 60 / Angkor Kyung Yu Fun Fair, but link it to a South Korean firm, which has plans to build a mall in Siem Reap:

    “There have already been investors from South Korea coming to Siem Reap to do market research and study the areas near Angkor Kyung Yu,” he said, adding that the unnamed company had expressed interest in opening a large-scale mall.

    “This group doesn’t yet have a definitive plan or when to start construction, but they have already acquired land.

    More info here: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-property/siem-reap-mall-rumours-circulate

     

    #1808

    Christophe Borgers
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    Hi tetchu, i explained how to get the proof of residency in your other post:

    https://www.siemreap.net/forum/topic/how-to-get-a-certificate-of-residency/

    Good luck!
    Chris

    #1807

    Christophe Borgers
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    Hi,

    The certificate of residence in Cambodia actually consists of 2 papers:

    • The immigration registration paper, which you can get at the immigration police. They have a small office at the Siem Reap Provincial Police Headquarters near the airport.
    • The residency registration paper, which is a bit more complicated to get. For this one, you need to go to the commune office in the area where you live. For many expats, this is the Svay Dangkum commune office. But this really depends on where you live as there are 13 communes in Siem Reap.

    By law, you are required to have both registration papers and renew them every year if you are an official resident in Cambodia. (Many expats don’t realize this, but by law you are considered a Cambodian resident when you live in the country for more than 6 months a year. Literally 6 months + 1 day.)

    The good news is that to apply for a work permit the immigration registration paper should be enough.

    This is what you need to apply for the immigration registration paper:

    • 3 passport pictures (size 4cm x 6cm);
    • your original rental contract (or land title in case you own the property);
    • your passport with a valid business visa;
    • your previous work permit if any; expect to pay a penalty if you have an old business visa in your passport without a work permit to account for;
    • an employment contract or proof that you own a business, like a business license or patent; If you don’t have any, you probably can say that you are self-employed or still looking for a job. Especially if this is the first time that you apply for a work permit.

    In my case, they needed the original documents and they copied everything themselves. The immigration officer was friendly and spoke good English. It took a couple of days to receive the immigration paper. Officially there is no fee, but most people i know (including myself) paid 5 usd on receiving the paper.

    This is what you need to apply for the residency registration paper at the commune office:

    • 3 passport pictures (size 4cm x 6cm);
    • your immigration paper as explained above, so go to the immigration police first;
    • Probably they’ll need your passport / rental contract as well;

    They’ll let you complete a form, with your contact details, previous address in your home country, information about your parents, etc.

    The form needs to be signed by the village chief first and stamped + signed at the commune office afterwards. The clerk at the commune office asked me a ridiculous price to complete this process. So instead, i went to the village chief myself and commune afterwards, spending 5 usd in total.

    That’s it! Good luck with getting the immigration / residency papers. And let me know if you have other questions!

    #1728

    Christophe Borgers
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    This is the official taxi / tuk tuk desk at Siem Reap’s airport, which charges the increased prices. However, you can still find a tuk tuk outside the airport for 5 – 6 usd. Just walk away from the arrival hall and cross the parking lot towards the exit. Once outside the airport premises, it will be easy to find a tuk tuk driver to bring you to town. Alternatively, many hotels offers a free airport pick up. Make sure to check with your hotel before booking!

    official taxi desk at Siem Reap international airport

    #1632

    Christophe Borgers
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    I found some more info, which confirms that Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has postponed the deadline for the work permit registration by a month. So the new deadline is April 30, 2017.

    Not only that, but the Ministry has also dropped the rule that foreigners have to pay retroactive fees for every year they have worked / lived in Cambodia without a valid work permit. A bit frustrating for expats who have paid this penalty in previous years, but finally some logic thinking by the Ministry!

     

    #1591

    Christophe Borgers
    Participant

    I heard that the deadline for the work permit application has been postponed until the end of April. Can someone confirm this?

    #1581

    Christophe Borgers
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    Hello Johm,

    Do you have a price list for your Khmer lessons? Do you have a classroom or teach from a public place like a coffee shop or restaurant?

    Thanks,
    Chris

    #1395

    Christophe Borgers
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    I passed by the market today and took a few pictures from the aftermath. Some of the stalls have moved to the riverside.

    fire at wat por lanka market 2017

    fire at wat por lanka market 2017

    fire at wat por lanka market 2017

    fire at wat por lanka market 2017

    #825

    Christophe Borgers
    Participant

    Hi,

    Most banks here in Siem Reap accept foreigners to open a bank account. Usually they require that you have at least a 6 months business visa. I never heard about the temporary 3 months bank account with Acleda as you describe… Either way, I wouldn’t recommend Acleda anyway… There are definitely better (and safer) options. Personally I would choose a bank with foreign ownership / management. My personal choice is Maybank. Other options are ANZ Royal and ABA. ABA is well known for its great service.

    Concerning your other question. Usually you just need to deposit about 50USD when opening a bank account. So no need to bring huge amounts in cash when entering Cambodia. I would advice to open a bank account and do a wire transfer afterwards. But if you choose to bring the cash anyway, i think you can bring in 10,000 USD a person in Cambodia without declaring it. In Thailand this is 20,000 USD as far as i know. (So not 45,000 USD as you mention.)

    Every bank will offer you the option of having a debet or credit card. Most banks also have online banking available. Do note that it’s best to withdraw money only from the ATM’s that belong to your chosen bank. ABA has by far the most ATM’s in Siem Reap. Maybank is the poorest option in this case with only a couple of ATM’s (and only 1 in the center of town).

    I hope this helps. If you have any more questions, then don’t hesitate to get in touch!

    Chris

    #828

    Christophe Borgers
    Participant

    At the end I obtained the document free-of-cost but I gave a them a small tip with a big smile, this because of the excellent service ( the document was created on the spot, this taking into account the huge workload related to the coming elections!)

    Following documents were required in order to obtain the proof-of-residence-letter:

    • 3 passport pictures (blue background)
    • rental agreement ( in Khmer and thumb-printed, containing the exact address of your property and the name and address of your landlord)
    • valid passport and visa

    Also be aware that you have to know the exact names, birthdays and profession of your parents.

    At the end the document has to be dated, signed and stamped by both, the chief of the commune/khum/sangkat (មេឃុំ) and the chief of the village/phum (មេភុមិ) where you live.

    Translate everything in advance or take a Khmer person/dictionary with you could be usefull since everything has to be made in Khmer.

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