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How to Get a Cambodia Visa on Arrival

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How to Get a Cambodia Visa on Arrival, Siem Reap Airport

 

COVID-19 CAMBODIA VISA AND TRAVEL UPDATE – 17th November 2021

We have yet, another update for you, following our previous update on 20th October, where we told you that for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia had finally started to allow tourists back into the country.

After a very last-minute announcement, with effect from today (17th November 2021) Cambodia will allow fully vaccinated travellers quarantine-free entry to Cambodia, with electronic visas being easy to acquire. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers, however, will still need to follow the quarantine rules announced in our last update (full details are below).

Read on to find out more about who is eligible to travel to Cambodia and what the requirements currently are. If you’re looking for information for a future trip, you can skip straight to the ‘Non-Pandemic Cambodia Visa on Arrival‘ section.

There is still currently a suspension of ALL Cambodia visa on arrivals / Cambodia tourist visa on arrivals. However, tourists visas are now available online again. Most other Cambodia visas can only be obtained at a Cambodia embassy or consulate. 

All the land borders with Vietnam, Thailand and Laos are still closed until further notice but travellers with the correct visas and travel documentation may enter Cambodia by plane. Currently accepted visas are “ordinary” E-class visas, plus EB, EG, ER, or ES extensions of stay (EOS), A-class diplomatic visas, B-class, C-class visas, and K-class visas. From 19th October 2021, tourist visas (T-visas) are also being issued once again.

Entry Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

All travellers to Cambodia are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival in Cambodia and to be able to show a vaccination certificate or card. You may hear reports of needing the PCR test 72 hours before departure, but to be on the safe side, we’d recommend sticking with the 72 hours before arrival. On arrival in Cambodia, visitors will be required to take a rapid test which is free. Results should be received quickly and providing they are negative, visitors are then free to continue their journey and travel anywhere in Cambodia.

What’s Classed as Fully Vaccinated?

To be classed as being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, two shots of any two-shot vaccine, or one shot of Johnson & Johnson, CanSinoBio or Sputnik Light. There is no need to show boosters at the moment.

Apps are not currently accepted, so be sure to have a paper copy of your vaccine certificate, in colour if possible. Make sure it includes your name, and type and dates of vaccination, the last vaccine must have been at least 14 days before you travel.

Is Forte COVID-19 Insurance Still Required?

Forte’s Covid-19 insurance is no longer required for entry. However, right now there are reports of travellers still being asked to show this at the airport. So, until news of the change in requirements has filtered down to the airports, it’s probably worthwhile still getting it.

Something to be aware of is that if you do test positive for COVID-19 on arrival – even if you have no symptoms, you will be hospitalised and expected to pay for it yourself. This could prove very costly and Forte would only pay a proportion of that. So, we’d also recommend getting more comprehensive insurance such as True Traveller, World Nomads or SafetyWing which will cover a wider range of medical problems that could arise. These also offer some cover for COVID-19 related claims (be sure to check the small print).

Can Unvaccinated Children Visit Cambodia

Children under the age of 18, that are unvaccinated may travel with their vaccinated parents. Also, note that vaccinated children will need to quarantine with their unvaccinated parents, should that situation arise.

All children, regardless of their age, must get a PCR test before travelling the same as their parents.

Cambodia Tourist Visas During COVID-19

From 19th October 2021, over 18-months since shutting its borders to tourists, Cambodia started to offer tourist visas (T-visas) again. A 30-day visa can be applied for on the official site evisa.gov.kh.

The cost of the Cambodia tourist visa is $30 plus a $6 admin fee and takes 3 days to process. It’s a 30-day visa which is valid for 90 days – so you have to enter Cambodia within 90 days of it being issued but may only stay for 30 days.

There is a 14-day quarantine requirement for those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

To be eligible for a Cambodia T-visa, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers are required to pre-book a quarantine hotel. Currently, these are all rather expensive, high-end hotels.

The hotel options are: Courtyard by MarriottSokha Hotel, Himawari Hotel ApartmentsRaffles Hotel Le RoyalSofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra and Olympic City Hotel by Dara All these hotels are priced somewhere between $1,200 and $1,600 for a 7-day quarantine, but for T-visa applicants, this is your only option as it’s not possible to choose a randomly assigned hotel with a $1,000 or $2,000 deposit.

As of 20th October 2021 citizens of all European countries and the United States can apply for a Cambodia tourist visa (T-visa).

COVID-19 Cambodia Quarantine Requirements for Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated Travellers

Non vaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers are still required to have a 14-day hotel quarantine.

They need to take a COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival, COVID-19 health insurance, and evidence of a pre-booked hotel (AQS/ alternative state quarantine hotel) or $2,000 deposit in cash.

Travellers will have to take a rapid test on arrival, and a PCR test at the end of the 14-day quarantine.

All information below is for non-pandemic Cambodia visas – it’s not applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Non-Pandemic Cambodia Visa on Arrival

Getting a tourist visa for Cambodia ‘The Kingdom of Wonder’ is one of the most straightforward immigration processes we’ve experienced so far when travelling. UK citizens and many other nationalities can get a 30-day Cambodia visa on arrival (VOA).

It should be noted that some ASEAN nationalities are exempt from needing a Cambodia visa for a specified number of days; whilst some nationalities aren’t eligible for a Cambodia visa on arrival and have to obtain one in advance. More detail can be found on the Royal Embassy of Cambodia website.

Each time we’ve visited Cambodia we’ve gotten a VOA, so this post is based on those experiences, validated with up-to-date information from the Royal Embassy of Cambodia.

How to Get a Cambodia Visa on Arrival

A Cambodia visa on arrival can be obtained on arrival at Siem Reap or Phnom Penh International Airports or at a number of land-border crossings between Cambodia and Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, the exact checkpoints are in the Royal Embassy of Cambodia Visa FAQs.

Types of Cambodia Visa on Arrival

There are two types of Cambodia visa on arrival. The different Cambodia visa on arrival costs a different amount:

Cambodia Tourist Visa (T)

The single entry Cambodia Tourist visa (T-class) costs $30 (£23.30), is valid for 30 days and can be renewed once for a further 30 days without leaving the country.

Cambodia Ordinary Visa (E)

If you know you’ll be staying Cambodia for longer than 60 days, don’t get a tourist visa. A renewable Cambodia Ordinary visa (E-class), also known as a Cambodia Business visa is a better option. This single entry Cambodia E-visa on arrival costs $35 (£27.20) and is again valid for 30 days, after which you can extend it.

Cambodia Visa on Arrival Requirements

To get a Cambodia visa on arrival you will need:

  • A passport that is valid for six months or more.
  • Two empty pages in your passport.
  • A completed Cambodia visa application form; supplied on the plane, or, at the airport or land border crossing.
  • The visa fee as mentioned above. This must be in US dollars.

Cambodia Visa on Arrival Process

Cambodia Visa on Arrival

The process for getting a Cambodia visa on arrival before heading off to your hotel, hostel or guesthouse couldn’t be simpler. You just need to hand the immigration staff your completed Cambodia visa on arrival form, passport and Cambodia visa fee. They’ll process your application in about five to ten minutes whilst you wait, then give your passport back. It will have the visa inside and you’ll be good to go.

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If you’re planning on staying for longer than two months be sure to double check your you’ve been given the correct visa. An Ordinary (E-Class) visa should have an eight digit number preceded with ‘EI’ on the left of the visa.

Overstaying Your Cambodia Visa

There is a $10 (£7.70) per day charge if you overstay your Cambodia visa, which you’ll have to pay when you leave the country, you may also be charged for a visa extension, but this doesn’t always happen.

It is permitted to overstay for up to 30 days; if you overstay for longer you’ll not only be liable for the $10 (£7.13) per day overstay charge, but you could also possibly be imprisoned, deported or face a ban on future travel to Cambodia.

Cambodia Visa Extensions and Work Permits

Tourist (T-Class) visas can be extended for one month without leaving the country, for subsequent renewals, you have to leave Cambodia and return in order to renew it.

Ordinary (E-Class) visas can be extended for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months by getting one of the new set of four E-class visas introduced in 2017. The 1 and 3-month extensions are single entry and the 6 and 12-month extensions are multiple entry.

Since September 4th 2017 the laws on long-term visa extensions have changed and work permits are now needed to renew the 6-month and 12-month Ordinary (E-Class) visas. The 1 and 3-month (single entry) extensions can, however, still be extended indefinitely. The Business2Business Cambodia website has more information on getting a long-term extension for a Cambodia Visa. They also have details on how to get work permits.

Cambodia Travel Resources

Planning your trip to Cambodia? Here are some of our recommended useful resources to help you have the best time possible:

DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE. If you’re travelling long-term like us and from the EU True Traveller is best. If you’re from other countries worldwide, World Nomads is good. 

A new contender for long-term travel insurance is SafetyWing, which you can pay for on a month by month basis. This is also a good option for shorter trips.

Find great flight deals on Skyscanner US, Skyscanner UK and Kayak.

● Booking.com or HotelsCombined have the best hotel prices.

● Our go-to for self-catering accommodation is Vrbo.

● Check accommodation reviews on TripAdvisor before booking
 
● Even in the days of Google we still like to use guidebooks for ideas
 
● Book buses, ferries and taxis with Camboticket or 12Go Asia

● Find great trips and activities with Get Your Guide and Klook
 
● G Adventures or Intrepid Travel offer group holidays and tours

Have you gotten your Cambodia visa in a different way to ‘on arrival’, maybe online or in advance?

Tell us about it in the comments.

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Disclaimer: Cambodia Visa and work permit requirements are always subject to change, sometimes at short notice so be sure to double-check requirements with your embassy before travelling to or relocating to Cambodia.


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This Post Has 13 Comments

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  2. John

    Hi, I’m only making a transfer in Cambodia. Will I need a visa?

    1. TanyaKorteling

      Hi John;

      You’ll only need a visa if you’re going through immigration and leaving the airport. If you’re just transiting through the airport you should not need a visa.

      Tanya

  3. Lio

    If I apply for visa extension the next day or a few days after arriving will the new visa validity start counting from the moment they give it to me or after the ordinary visa 30 days have passed?
    Thank you

    1. TanyaKorteling

      After the original visa expires!

  4. Tracy

    Are there any other costs? I was going to do Evisa but the cost is $109, do you know why there is such a cost variation?

    1. TanyaKorteling

      No they are the only costs. Evisa will always cost much more as they will add on a fee for doing it for you. There’s absolutely no need to do it that way as it’s completely straight forward to just get a visa on arrival!

  5. Kay

    These are the kind of posts I love! Thank you for the info!

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