As you all might already know, Preethika and I went to Cambodia and Vietnam recently. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and some pics have already been shared by us on Instagram (follow Preethika and me if you aren’t already!), with more to come! A lot of people have already started enquiring on how to get to Cambodia and Vietnam and I figured starting with the visa procedure (yes, we do require one 😐) might be a good idea.
Applying for Cambodia Visa
There are three ways by which you can get a Visa to The Kingdom of Cambodia:
Visa On Arrival
Electronic Visa or eVisa
Apply at the Royal Embassy of Cambodia and get your Visa stamped on your passport before your leave
Since the first two options are the easiest, I’d recommend you go with one of those.
Visa On Arrival
Visa On Arrival costs USD20 USD35 (please carry money with you when you fly to either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, you won’t find ATMs there), and carry the following documents.
Passport in original with minimum 6 months validity
One recent photograph, preferably with white background (4×6 cm)
20 USD USD35 Visa fee in cash
Return confirm flight ticket. If you intend to return by road, do carry a covering letter stating the same with a valid visa of the next country, i.e.,Thailand or Vietnam. Remember, you cannot get Visa On Arrival in Thailand if traveling overland from Cambodia at the Aranyaprophet Checkpoint. However, if you have a valid visa for Thailand, you can enter Thailand via this checkpoint.
Bank/credit card statements or at least USD500 in cash as a proof of sufficient funds for 15 days.
The Visa On Arrival is valid for 3 months from the date of issue, but the duration of stay is restricted to 30 days for a single entry. If you would like to extend your stay by more than 30 days, you can request an extension of Visa at the Immigration Counter outside Phnom Penh Airport at a cost of USD25. The visa is extended for a maximum of 30 days.
This is by far the best way to get a Cambodian Visa, and this is exactly what we did. It does cost USD8 extra, but it is simple and absolutely hassle-free.
Head over to this link, fill up the form and make the necessary payment. You will receive the eVisa in a day or two. Once it hits your mailbox, take a printout and you are good to go! The eVisa can be extended by 30 more days at the Cambodian National Police Immigration Department, Phnom Penh. Also, the good part about the eVisa is that even if your trip gets postponed by a bit, you can always change the date of arrival and departure as long as it is within the validity of the eVisa and lesser than 30 days.
Our experience: We landed at Siem Reap airport, proceeded to the immigration area, filled a form (which has your arrival and departure information) provided by the airline and walked across to the counters along with our passports and printouts of our eVisas. The officer processed us in no time and we got through all of this in under 5 minutes.
Simple enough? 🙂
Do you have any questions on the Cambodian Visa process? If yes, do ask in the comments below.