How to Get a Cambodia Visa on Arrival

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How to get a Cambodia visa on arrival, Siem Reap Airport

In 2023, Cambodia once again began welcoming all tourists and travellers back into the country with no COVID-19 vaccination, testing or quarantine requirements.

The Cambodia Visa on Arrival is now available as it was before the pandemic.

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 details can be found on the Royal Embassy of Cambodia website.

Each time we’ve visited Cambodia, either on holiday or to live in Siem Reap as Digital Nomads, we’ve gotten a VOA. This post is based on those experiences, validated with up-to-date information from the Royal Embassy of Cambodia.

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How to Get a Cambodia Visa on Arrival

How to get a Cambodia visa on arrival, Siem Reap Airport

A Cambodia visa on arrival can be obtained on arrival at Siem Reap or Phnom Penh International Airports or at several 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 visas 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 in 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 (£27.50) and is again valid for 30 days, after which you can extend it.

IMPORTANT: Between 1st January 2024 and 30th June 2024, the Cambodian government is trialling a Cambodia e-Arrival Card. During this trial period, your Cambodia Visa can be obtained either online as the new e-Arrival Card (CeA) or using the traditional Cambodia Visa on Arrival paper form, the process for which is detailed later in the post.

Cambodia E-Arrival Card

From 1st July 2024 when the Cambodia e-Arrival card trial period ends (July 1, 2024), all travellers, must submit a Cambodia Arrival card online before their trip to Cambodia.

The Cambodian e-Arrival Card immigration and health information form should be completed no later than seven days before your trip to Cambodia. Whilst you can submit the online form earlier than this, you should note that the Cambodian government won’t process it until nearer your arrival date.

The simple steps to complete the Cambodia e-Arrival Card online are:

  1. Complete e-Arrival Card: enter all required details, including standard personal data, passport details, and travel information; be sure to double-check that all the details are correct.
  2. Pay the fee: use one of the available online payment methods to pay.
  3. Check your email: after you’ve made the payment, check your email inbox for the confirmation.

Once you receive your confirmation email with your e-Arrival Card receipt, I recommend saving it to your phone and also printing a paper backup copy, as you may need to present this when you arrive in Cambodia.

Cambodia Visa on Arrival Requirements (Paper Form)

The traditional paper form process for a Cambodia Visa on Arrival is outlined below, however, be aware that if you arrive on or after 1st July 2024, then you must follow the E-Visa process detailed above.

To get a traditional 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 mentioned above must be in US dollars.

Cambodia Visa on Arrival Process

Cambodia Visa on Arrival in a passport

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.


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 by ‘EI’ on the left of the visa.

Overstaying Your Cambodia Visa

There is a $10 (£7.80) 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 daily 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.

Have you gotten your Cambodia visa differently to ‘on arrival’, maybe online or in advance? Tell us about it in the comments.

Planning Your Trip to Cambodia?

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

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SafetyWing is another solution, particularly for digital nomads and long-term travellers.

● Use Wise (formerly Transferwise) for sending or receiving money internationally. It’s cheap, easy and transparent.

● Find amazing flight deals on SkyscannerKayak, and AirAsia

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Book buses, taxis, ferries and trains with Camboticket, 12Go, and Bookaway.

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

● Discover fantastic trips and activities with Klook, Viator and GetYourGuide.

● Check out Bookmundi, G Adventures, and  Intrepid Travel for group holidays and tours.

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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.

Tanya Korteling

Tanya is the founder and head content creator for Can Travel Will Travel. She combines freelance SEO, CRO, Data and Marketing consultancy with exploring the world. Passionate about adventure, nature, wildlife and food, she incorporates these in her travels as much as possible. She also loves immersing herself in new cultures. She's visited hundreds of destinations in 50+ countries and lived in 4 countries. Tanya worked as a Data Planning Manager and Digital Marketing Strategist before leaving the UK in 2016 with her husband Andy, to travel, live and work abroad indefinitely. Together they share their experiences and useful information to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Chandra Bdr Gurung

    Informative blog, thanks m’m

  2. Babu kaji Sitaula

    Nice Information.

  3. Ruth

    I am on a cruise visiting one city (Sihanoukville). I believe I (U.S. citizen) need a visa, but it sounds like I cannot get an evisa as we won’t be arriving at one of the places where it is accepted. I’m wondering what options are available to get a non-evisa document to be able to cruise. I imagine the cruise line will not let me embark without an appropriate visa.

    1. Tanya Korteling


      EVisas are only available if you arrive into Siem Reap or Phnom Penh international airports. So yes you are correct you can’t get an evisa if arriving into a seaport.

      However, usually, the cruise company will take care of your visa application, so I would speak to them in the first instance.

      If they do not arrange it for you – you have the following options:

      Cambodia Visa on Arrival: Cruise ship passengers can get a visa-on-arrival at Cambodian seaports. This should be the same Visa on Arrival process as in my post

      Cambodia Transit Visa (D): IThe short-term transit visa (D category) is available to tourists visiting the country on a cruise ship. It allows you to stay in the country for up to 96 hours. You can apply for this visa through a consulate or authorized travel agencies. (I assume your Cruise company)

      I hope this helps


      1. Nader

        Hi Tanya,

        I am in the same boat (pun intended), is there a way to get a VOA in advance to avoid any complications with the cruise company when boarding the ship?

        1. Tanya Korteling

          Hi Nader;

          As far as I know no, the e-Visa in Ruth’s comment above and my reply is the ‘online in advance’ visa on arrival which you cannot get in advance if arriving into a Seaport.

          So you’d need to use one of the other options I mentioned in my reply to Ruth.


  4. Martin

    Great stuff, I move to work and live with a friend on one of the Koh Ring Islands end of august and this article was far more helpful than the other pages I’ve been trawling through.

    Thanks Martin

    1. Tanya Korteling


      Glad it was helpful, please do let me know if anything has changed in the Visa process so I can update my post. Have an amazing time living and working on Koh Rong 🙂

  5. neko

    thank you so much for this great article! very helpful indeed and highly appreciated! is there any other document you need or requirement to fulfill in order to be able to get the “ordinary” e-visa on arrival?

    1. Tanya Korteling

      Hi, glad you found it helpful. All the requirements are in the article, there shouldn’t be anything additional that you need.

      Hope you enjoy Cambodia.


  6. 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.


  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. Kay

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

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