Everything you need to know about Cambodia
All foreign nationals except the citizens
of countries like Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Seychelles,
Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam need a visa to enter Cambodia. For citizens of
the United Kingdom, obtaining a visa is a must to enter Cambodia. A UK citizen
have four options to get a Cambodian visa;
- Visa on arrival
- Electronic visas
- Regular visa from the
Visa on arrival
Foreign nationals including citizens of
the United Kingdom can obtain a Cambodian visa from the entry ports. This is undoubtedly
the easiest way to enter Cambodia, as it allows the foreign national to board a
flight to the country, and obtain a visa from the entry port.
Foreign nationals can obtain visa on
arrival from the below mentioned entry ports.
- Phnom Penh International
- Siem Reap International
Travelers can also obtain visa at the below-mentioned
land border crossings in Cambodia.
Cambodia-Vietnam land border crossing
- Bavet international
- Kha Orm Sam Nor
- Trapeang Phlong
- Ha Tien international
- O’Yadaw international
- Trapeang Srer international
- Phnom Den international
- Trapeang Srer international
- Banteay Chakre
Cambodia-Thailand land border crossing
- Cham Yeam international
- Poipet international
- O’Smach international
- Chong Sa Ngam/Choam
- Prom international
- Ban Laem/Daung
land border crossing
- Dong Krolar International
note: Even though obtaining a visa on arrival is the easiest choice for travelers,
there are possibilities that the Cambodian authorities may phase out this
privilege without any prior notice. To avoid the hassles, it is highly
recommended to obtain an e-visa via online or applying for a regular visa by visiting
the Cambodian embassy.
nationals can obtain an e-visa by applying through the official government visa
processing center. It should be noted that the privilege of e-visas is only given
to foreign nationals who wish to enter the country for tourist purposes.
nationals can apply for e-visa, but citizens of countries like Iran, Iraq,
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Sri Lanka are not
entitled to use this privilege.
usual cases, a Cambodia tourist visa also known as T-class visa offers a
validity of 30 days. If a foreign national want to extend the visa validity of
a tourist visa, he or she can contact the Consular Department, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and can extend its validity by another 30 days. It should be
noted that these tourist visas will offer only single-entry privilege for
note: It is highly recommended to apply for an e-visa at least seven days
before your travel date. Now, the Cambodian authorities are charging $30 for a 30-day
valid e-visa for tourist activities.
foreign national can apply for a regular visa by visiting the Cambodian embassy
or consulate. After visiting the embassy, he or she should submit all the documents
needed to get the visa along with the visa application form. Some people may
find it hard to complete the visa application form, and in these times, they
can seek the help of entrusted agencies like Visa Genie. The dedicated team of
Visa Genie will help the traveler to obtain the visa in a hassle free manner,
and you can sit back and relax without any hesitation.
types of Cambodian Regular visa
per the purpose and nature of visit, Cambodian authorities issue various types
of visas for a foreign traveler. Please find below the different Cambodian
visas a traveler can apply for his or her visits to the country.
visa (T-class visa)
visas are also known as T-class visas, and they are issued to foreign nationals
who visit the country for tourism-related activities. Please note that a tourist
is not allowed to engage in any kinds of business-related activities using a tourist
UK nationals can apply for a tourist visa either through online, or by
directly submitting the relevant documents to the Cambodian embassy. Even
though visa on arrival is also available for tourists, travel experts reveal
that procuring a visa before traveling is the safest option for a foreign
to obtain a tourist visa
- The passport submitted by
the foreign national should have a minimum of seven months validity, and it
should have at least one blank page.
- A photograph should be
provided, and it should follow the standard requirements. The photograph should
be printed in color against a while background, and it should be taken within
the last three months. The applicant should show a neutral expression in the
photograph, and the face should be centered in the middle.
- The foreign national should
submit all the travel proofs and arrangements. The proof of travel arrangements
includes, color copies of up and down flight tickets.
- The visa application form
should be filled correctly, and should be duly signed by the applicant.
- If you face any problem
while filling the visa application form, you can contact Visa Genie for assistance.
note: Children should also pay the same fee as the adults, and there is no fee
waive for them. However, if the child has at least one Cambodian parent, he or
she can make use of the ‘free K-class’ visa, that allows the Cambodian descent
to get a free lifetime visa.
one should I choose for tourism activities, visa on arrival, regular tourist
visa or e-visa?
foreign nationals have the perception that visa on arrival is the easiest way
to enter Cambodia. However, travelers should understand that local immigration
officers have the right to prevent the entry of any foreign nationals citing
There are also possibilities that the Cambodian authorities
may phase out the visa on arrival provision anytime without prior notice. So,
to enjoy a hassle-free travel experience, it is highly recommended to apply for
an e-visa or a regular tourist visa.
Entrusted agencies like Visa Genie have a
dedicated team to assist you in all stages of visa application process, and
once you hand over the assignment to us with all the necessary documents, we
will make sure that you will get the visa on time.
regular visas (E-class)
Cambodian regular visa is very different when compared to the e-visa. With an
e-visa, a foreign traveler will be allowed to stay in the country for only 30
days, and if he or she wishes to stay more, another 30 days can be extended.
However, when it comes to Cambodia E-class visas, the foreign national can
extend the validity of his or her visa to 3 months, six months and even one
year as per the requirements.
things clearer, if the traveler wants to extend the validity of his visa after 30
days, he or she can select one among the four e-class visa types available as
of now, EB, EG, ER, or ES visa extension.
there was only one E-class visa extension, but now, the Cambodian agencies have
classified it into four to turn the system more transparent.
Even though normally called as e-class visa, these visas are nowhere connected to
electronic visas, and to obtain these visas, the foreign national should apply
in the Cambodian consulate or embassy.
Regular Business Visa (EB visas)
who wish to travel Cambodia for business purposes can apply for EB visas. These
are regular visas and foreign nationals should apply it directly via the
Cambodian consulate. Expats in Cambodia who works there can also make use of these
under E-class visas, these business visas offer a validity of 30 days, three
months, six months and one year. It should be noted that only three-month and six-month
visa extension allows multiple entry privilege to foreign nationals.
to obtain a regular business visa
- The submitted passport
should have seven months validity with one blank page.
- The applicant should
submit the photographs along with the completely filled visa application form.
- A business application
letter from the UK employer is a must to obtain a business visa to Cambodia. It
should be noted that the business application from the UK employer should be
dated within one month of the application submission.
- An invitation letter from
the Cambodian entity should be submitted. The letter should detail various aspects
of the travel like purpose of visit, and acceptance of immigration responsibility
for the foreign national.
- The invitation letter
should be written on the company letterhead, and it should be addressed to the
High Commission. The letter should also bear the complete name and signature of
the inviting party.
note: Obtaining a regular business visa does not give you the right to work in
Cambodia. In order to work in Cambodia, you should have a valid work permit,
and you may face severe legal consequences if authorities find you violating
EG visas are issued to people who search for a job in Cambodia. The EG visa
extension may range from one month to one year, and the foreign national can
choose the one as per his or her needs.
However, if you are the one who has
already availed an extension to EG visa, in the sense, if you have stayed in
the country searching for a job, then chances of getting these visas are pretty
retirement visa (ER Visa)
visa extensions is also a part of E-class visas, and they are offered to
foreign nationals who retire from their home country, and wish to spend some
quality time in Cambodia.
While applying for these visas, the foreign national
should prove that he or she has the financial capability to support themselves.
In usual cases, retirement visas are issued to foreign nationals who are aged
55 and above.
However, there are cases where foreign nationals have received
these visas under the age of 55. In these cases, the foreign nationals should
prove documents of their retirement. Using these visa extensions, a foreign
national can stay in Cambodia for as low as one month, or as long as one year.
student visa (ES visa extension)
visa extension is another type which falls in the E-class visa category. These
are basically student visas, and in order to obtain it, the foreign national
should submit an admission confirmation letter from a Cambodian school or
college, and should also show proof of financial security.