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CAMBODIA VISA AND TRAVEL UPDATE – July 2022
We have yet, another Cambodia Visa on arrival update for you.
With effect from July 2022, Cambodia has dropped nearly all Covid-19 vaccination and quarantine requirements for travellers (with one caveat). There are still quarantine requirements for unvaccinated travellers who test positive on arrival. This has however been relaxed from earlier quarantine requirements. Most of the land borders with Cambodia have also now been re-opened.
Fully vaccinated travellers, so those who have had two doses of a vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine, no longer need to take a Covid-19 test on arrival. All that’s needed now is proof of Covid-19 vaccination on arrival, which should be a vaccine card or certificate.
Instead of having to do a mandatory quarantine on arrival, unvaccinated travellers or those who have only had one dose of a two-dose vaccine must take a $5 rapid test on arrival.
Travellers that test positive and show no or mild symptoms, can self-quarantine at a private residence if possible (likely only residents and expats), otherwise, they must quarantine at a government-approved hotel for which they must cover the cost.
Travellers who test positive and show more serious symptoms must quarantine at an approved hospital and cover their own costs. Be aware that this can get expensive, quickly. There is a minimum cost of $235 per day, so it’s very important to buy full travel insurance.
We recommend True Traveller if you’re from the EU, or World Nomads if you’re from other countries. Another good option which can be taken out monthly from wherever you are is SafetyWing.
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
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 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.
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.
Travel Resources for Cambodia
Planning your trip to Cambodia? Here are some of our recommended useful resources to help you have the best time possible:
● TRAVEL INSURANCE IS AN IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION FOR TRAVEL. If you’re travelling long-term like us and from the EU, then True Traveller is our go-to option.
If you’re from a non-EU country, another option for long-term travel insurance is SafetyWing, which you can pay for on a month-by-month basis. This is also good for shorter trips.
● Find amazing flight deals to Cambodia on Skyscanner and Kayak.
● Compare Rental car prices in Cambodia on Rentalcars.com.
● Booking.com usually have the best hotel prices in Cambodia.
● Our go-to for self-catering accommodation in Cambodia is Vrbo.
● Before booking accommodation in Cambodia, check reviews on Tripadvisor.
● Book buses, ferries and taxis in Cambodia with Camboticket or 12Go Asia.
● Discover fantastic trips and activities in Cambodia with Klook, Viator and GetYourGuide.
● G Adventures and Intrepid Travel offer group holidays and tours to Cambodia.
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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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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.
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 🙂
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?
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.
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Hi, I’m only making a transfer in Cambodia. Will I need a visa?
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.
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?
After the original visa expires!
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?
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!
These are the kind of posts I love! Thank you for the info!