Cambodia Visa Information

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Cambodia, as is it not a "stamp and enter" country like Thailand or Japan. Cambodia issues visas on arrival for most nationalities (the exceptions are listed at the bottom of this article), meaning you simply need to show up at immigration posts at the airport or land borders to receive your visa. There are three options you have regarding your Cambodian visa.

A Cambodian tourist visa will cost you $20 USD, but this can often unofficially change depending where you go.

Invariably, your passport will need to have at least six months of validity remaining, and at least two blank pages; one for the visa itself, and one for your entry and exit stamps. You will also require one passport-sized photo.

Option One: Get your visa from an embassy or consulate

This is the best option if you are traveling to Cambodia directly (or via an airport connection) from a foreign country, or if you will be in a city that has a Cambodian consular office. A consulate is more likely to charge you the proper amount ($20) for your visa. Just pop into the consular office and apply. The downside to this option is that you may have to leave your passport overnight and pick it up the next afternoon. This is typical of consulates worldwide, so you've probably dealt with this before at one point. If you're in Bangkok, The Royal Cambodian Embassy there issues visas within 30 minutes.

Option Two: Cambodian e-visa

Cambodia offers a convenient service whereby you can acquire your visa online with a credit card. Once approved, you'll receive an email that you will need to print out and take with you to present to the immigration official upon your arrival. It's important to note that not all land crossings are equipped to accept the e-visa, so be sure to review the list of checkpoints - both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports accept e-visa, as well as the Chan Yaem and Poipet border crossings with Thailand. This service costs a total of $25, $20 for the visa and a $5 processing fee. The e-visa is only valid for tourist visas, not business or diplomatic visas. Apply for Cambodian e-visa

Option Three: Visa on Arrival

Visas on arrival are obtainable upon arriving at the airports in in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, or at a land crossing with Thailand, Laos or Vietnam. Traveling overland (by land borders), is the option we've found in which you are most likely to be overcharged for your visa. The most direct overland route to Sihanoukville from Thailand passes through the Had Lek/Koh Kong border at the Cham Yaem border checkpoint. Due to its close proximity to Thailand, establishments in Koh Kong and the border checkpoint use the Thai Baht as their de-facto currency.

Although the price for a tourist visa is $20, (and this price is plainly displayed), it's been reported that the immigration officials there will not accept US currency, and will insist you pay 1,200 Thai Baht instead - at a rate which effectively doubles the cost of the visa to nearly $40. This is not an official stance by Cambodian immigration, but simply low-level corruption... they know you've already stamped out of Thailand, and have no choice but to move onward. If you're insistent enough, this price can lower to 1,000 Baht. There have been reports of tourists getting the $20 price, but this involves arguing with the immigration official and threatning to take their photo and reporting them to their head offices in Phnom Penh.

Countries not Eligible for Visa on Arrival

Visa on arrival is not permitted for holders of passports from the following countries: 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.

Cambodian Business Visas

If you're planning on staying long-term in Cambodia, the business visa is the way to go. The official price for a Cambodian business visa is US$25, but the going rate at the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border is 1,200 Thai Baht. This visa, like the tourist visa can be issued on arrival, and like the tourist visa, you get 30 days from the date of entry, and it can be extended anytime during these thirty days for three months (for ~$75), six months (~$150) or a full year (~$295). With this visa, you are legally allowed to work in your own establishment, and provided your extension is six months or one year, the visa is multiple-entry, meaning you can exit and re-enter Cambodia any number of times without cost or penalty.

Cambodian Visa Extension

Both tourist visas and business visas can be extended. Tourist visas are only eligible for a one-time extension of 30 days, while business visas can be extended for up to a year at a time, ad infinitum. The visa extension office is in Phnom Penh, but pretty much nobody in Sihanoukville will extend it themselves, because there are numerous agencies in town that will take your passport to Phnom Penh and have it extended for you. These agencies will add anywhere from $5 to $10 to the price of the extension - which is a bargin since the cost and hassle of taking the bus adds up to much more. Many travel agents and major businesses offer this convenient service. Samudera Supermarket, ANA Travel and Cool Banana are a few that offer this service. Check our visa service listings for a complete list of businesses that can help you extend your visa.

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Cambodian Border Crossings

This chart contains up-to-date information on Cambodia's land checkpoints. Please note that this information is prone to change, especially at some of the smaller, remote checkpoints. Other border crossings not listed here are local crossings and are not equipped to handle foreign passports.
Thailand VOA EV Open Close
Had Lek/Cham Yaem (Koh Kong)
7:00 20:00
Aranyaprathet/Poipet
7:00 20:00
Ban Laem/Daung
8:00 17:00
Ban Pakard/Prom (Pailin)
8:00 17:00
Chong Jom/O Smach
8:00 17:00
Chong Sa Ngam/Anlong Veng
8:00 17:00
Laos VOA EV Open Close
Veung Kam/Dom Kralor*
8:00 17:00
Vietnam** VOA EV Open Close
Moc Bai/Bavet
8:00 20:00
Ving Xuong/Kaam Samnor
8:00 20:00
Tinh Bien/Phnom Den
8:00 20:00
Xa Xia (Ha Tien)/Prek Chak
8:00 20:00
Le Thanh/O Yadao
8:00 20:00

VOA: Cambodian Visa on Arrival
EV: Cambodian E-Visa

* The Cambodia/Lao crossing checkpoint at Koh Chheuteal Thom is no longer open.
** Vietnam does not issue visas-on-arrival. You must obtain your Vietnamese visa at a consular office prior to crossing.

Both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International airports issue visas-on-arrival and e-visas. The port of entry via sea at Sihanoukville does NOT accept e-visa. There is a USD$25 departure tax for travelers leaving Cambodia by air.

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