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Do I need a visa to enter Cambodia?

Most travellers shall be issued entry-visa upon their arrival.  For further information, please directly contact the Immigration Police Unit at the Phnom Penh International Airport or the Siem Reap International Airport. Some countries where the Royal Embassies and Consulates of Cambodia are installed, travellers shall then apply for an entry-visa prior to their departure. Multi-entry visa can be extended at the Department of Foreigner of the Ministry of Interior.

 Now E-visa is available you can apply through the following web site:http://www.mfaic.gov.kh
Where are the Royal Embassies and Consulates situated at overseas? 
Herewith the list of Royal Embassies and Consulates of Cambodia locate where most travelers are able to apply for an entry-visa:
1 BangkokKingdom of            Beijing–P. R of China 
No. 185 Rajddamri Road                No. 9 Dong Zhi Men Wai Dajio

Lumpini Patumwan Bangkok           100600 Beijing China

Tel: (+) 662 253-9859                   People?fs Republic of China

Thailand 10330                              Tel: (+) 861 06532-1889

Fax: (+) 662 254-6630                   Fax: (+) 861 06532-3507  
Bonn - F.R of Germany         BudapestHungar
Gruner Weg 853343                       Rath Gyorgy U.48. 1122
Wachtberg Pech Bonn                     Budapest XII Hungary
Tel: (+) 49228 328-509                  Tel: (+) 361 155-2376
Fax: (+) 49228 328-508                 Fax: (+) 361 155-5165
5 Canberra – Australia            6 Guanghou–P.R of China
No. 2 Canterbury Crescent             Room 811 The Garden Hotel
Deakin ACT 2600 Australia             Huan Shi Road Guanghou
                                                    510064 PRC

Tel: (+) 612 6273-1259                  Tel: (+) 86 8387-9005

Fax: (+) 612 6273-1053                 Fax: (+) 86 8387-9006
7 Hanoi – S.R of Vietnam         HavanaCuba  
No. 71A Tran Hung Dao                  No. 7001 St. Ave. ESQ 70
Socialist Republic of Vietnam           Marimar Havana–
                                                    Republic of Cuba

Tel: (+) 844 825-3788                    Tel: (+) 537 242-333

Fax: (+) 844 826-5225                   Fax: (+) 537 246-400

9 Ho Chi Minh - S. R of             10 Hong Kong–P. R of China
No. 41 Phung Khac Khoan-              Room 3606 Singga CC 144 451
Ho Chi Minh City

Socialist Republic of Vietnam           Connaught Road West, Hong

Tel:(+) 848 829-2751                     Kong, PRC Tel:(+)852 2546-0718
11 Jakarta, Indonesia             12 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia              

4th Floor, Panin Bank Plaza JI         83/JKR 2809 Lingkungan,

52 Palmerah Utara Jakarta             U-Thant 55000 Kuala Lumpur
11480 Republic of Indonesia           Tel: (+) 0060 345-71150

Tel: (+) 6221 548-3643                  Fax:(+) 0060 345-71157

Fax: (+) 6221 548-3684

13 Moscow, Russian                 14 New Delhi, India 
Starokonysheny, Per 16, 121002     B47 Soami Nagar New Delhi,
Tel:(+) 7095 201-3925                   110017, Republic of India
Fax:(+) 7095 956-6573                  Tel: (+) 9111 642-3782
                                                    Fax: (+) 9111 647-5233
15 New York, United Nations,  16 Paris France
866 UN Plaza, Suite 420                   4, Rue Adolphe Yvon 75116

New York, NY 10017, USA                Paris, France

Tel: (+) 212 223-0676                     Tel: (+) 331 4503-4720

Fax: (+) 212 223-0545                    Fax: (+) 331 450-3440

Fax: (+) 212 421-7073/4
17 Praha, Czech Republic        18 Pyong Yang,R.P.D.of Korea  
Na Habalce 1, 16900 Praha 9            Reu De LÚniversite Commune

Czech Republic                                Mouscou Arroundissement

Tel: (+) 420 235-2603                      aedongan R.P.D. de Korea 
Fax: (+) 420 235-1078                     Tel: (+) 8502 381-7283
                                                      Fax: (+) 8502 381-7625

19 Sofia, Bulgaria                     20 Tokyo, Japan 

Mladost 1 Block                                8.6.9, Akasaka, Minato-Ko
Salcador Allende Residez 2,              Tokyo 1070052, Japan

Tel: (+) 3592 757-135                      Tel:(+)813 5412-8521/22/24/26

Fax: (+) 3592 975-3630                    Fax:(+)813 3478-1980

21 UNESCO                                22  Vientiane, R.D. of Laos 
No. 2 Place De Barcelone                   Thadeua Road, KM2 Vientiane

016 Paris, France                               B.P. 34 LAO R.D.P. de Lao

Tel:(+) 331 4525-1502                       Tel:(+)8562 1314-953/950/951/952

Fax:(+) 331 4525-8472                      Fax:(+)8562 1314-954/951

23 Washington, DC, USA  
4500 16th Street, NW

Washington, DC 211 USA

Tel: (+) 202 726-7653 or 202 333-4161

Fax: (+) 202 291-4728 or 202 726-8381

Beside the Phnom Penh International Airport and Siem Reap International Airport, there are other f border gateways where travellers can apply for an entry-visa upon their arrival.

Visa can be obtained at the following points of entry:

  - Phnom Penh International Airport
  - Siem Reap International Airport

Cambodia-Vietnam border
  - Bavet International Check Point
  - Kha Orm Sam Nor International Check Point

Cambodia-Thailand border
  - Cham Yeam International Check Point
  - Poi Pet International Check Point
  - O’Smach International Check Point

Application for an entry visa requires:

  - A completed visa application form
  - Passport valid at least further 6 months
  - One recent photograph (4x6),passport size
  - Appropriate visa fee
  - Supporting documents for business and official visas

In particular, the entry-visa is free for Cambodian nationals who live abroad and Malaysians. Also, the entry visa is free of charge for the Service and Diplomatic Passport holders from
Myanmar, Brunei, Philippines and Vietnam.

There are two types of entry-visa shall be paid:

Business visa                US$ 25.00

Tourist visa                   US$ 20.00  

How much shall I pay for airport tax?

The costs of airport tax are:

Domestic Airport Tax:                             US$ 6.00

International Airport Tax from REP:       US$ 25.00

International Airport Tax from PNH:      US$ 25.00

Do I need any vaccinations?

Travellers are advised to check with their doctor before travel.  Vaccinations are not required to enter the Kingdom of Cambodia; unless you are coming from a "yellow" infected area.

What are temperature and climate for the whole year round in Cambodia?

Cambodia has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons – Hot/Dry from March to May, Rainy/Monsoon from June to October and small Winter/Cool from November through February. The average annual temperature is 280C – 320C, this ranges in the capital city of Phnom Penh.  The temperature during the small winter is 140C - 160C at provinces throughout the country but in Phnom Penh is about 160C – 200C. In the early April, it is found that there are some rain showers through the beginning of May. The end of May and the beginning of June the full monsoon starts till the end of October.

What attire should I bring on my vacation to Cambodia and what should I wear when visiting ancient temples and Buddhist Pagodas?

As Cambodia's climate is hot and humid almost all year round, it is ideal to have light clothing to be worn throughout the year. But during the small winter from December till March, you are advised to wear warmer clothing. It is also advisable for ladies and gentlemen, when entering any Buddhist pagoda, to be appropriately attired.  Ladies are inappropriately attired in shorts, trousers or any revealing clothes. Men and women , in the Cambodian culture are not allowed to wear shorts and cap when you are in the Buddhist pagoda temple complex.  The flip-flops, boots or shoes must specially be taken off before entering into any Buddhist temple. At ancient temples, you are free to wear any as you wish but not revealing wear e.g. bikini tops and pants.

What is the time difference?

Cambodia is 8 (????? = 7) hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 12 hours ahead of the United States in Boston, Pacific Time Standard.


What is the best way to travel around the country?

It depends upon your need whether you are in a hurry to get to your destination or you wish to take things leisurely, there is a wide range of choice of transportation.


By air, you can travel for domestic flights with , Siem Reap Airway and Bangkok Airways Airline. The flight routes are set for major tourist destinations and economic zones.


By rail, the railway network of Cambodia that stretches from East to West, which run from Phnom Penh to the provinces of Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang and Bantey Meanchey and other routes: Phnom Penh-Sihanouk Ville and Phnom Penh-Kampot. Be warned, however, that the Cambodian railway network is under development and time consuming to catch the train.


By road, Cambodia now has several bus companies and private taxis are also available throughout Cambodia. But the bus operations are still very limited based on the road condition. Travellers can take coach from Phnom Penh to neighbouring provinces such as Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampot, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Cham, Neak Leung (in Prey Veng), Ta Mao (in Kandal) and to two other cities of Sihanouk Ville and Keb. In particular, Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City along the National Road 1 is now available. Taxies are available to make a journey throughout the country.


By water, several speedboat firms can be seen along Tonle Sap River. These speedboats carry passengers from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Angkor and further from Siem Reap to Battambang province; also are available for destinations along Mekong River such as from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham, Kratie and Steung Treng. Above all, travellers can make a voyage from Vietnam to Phnom Penh and back,as well.



What is the national language?

Cambodia has a unique official language called Khmer or Cambodian. The French and English are widely utilised as second language.  Cambodians tend to be trilingual.



What if I were to travel alone?

Not to worry if you are coming alone. Cambodians are very friendly and Cambodia is especially called a land of smile. Travelling alone is generally safe and relatively comfortable for both men and women.  Plan your trip around your interests and prepare yourself to be flexible enough to take the inevitable glitches in stride.   Visitors who encounter unforeseen problems and difficulties can seek the Cambodian Tourist Police Unit or any other Police Station for any assistance.



What is the electricity supply of Cambodia?

Cambodia's electrical supply is 220 volts AC at 50 cycles per second.



What are the medical services available in Cambodia?

Medical services are available in all towns at government run hospitals and private clinics.  Non-prescription drugs are available at pharmacies as well as supermarkets, hotels, and shopping centres.  International class hotels also have their individual in-house medical Doctor to service their guests.



Is it safe to drink tap water?

 However, mineral water is also readily available in shops and supermarkets everywhere.



How do I rent and drive a car in Cambodia?

You will require an international driving permit or a valid license issued by your government to drive in Cambodia.  Car rental can be arranged through hotel or through various car rental companies which can be located through the Yellow Pages Directory.



Will there be any customs charges upon arrival?

Items such as video equipment, cameras, radio cassette players, watches, pens, lighters, perfumes and cosmetics are duty free in Cambodia.   Visitors bringing in dutiable goods may have to pay a deposit for temporary importation, refundable upon departure.



When are the Cambodian school holidays ?

There are 5 term breaks in the year for schools throughout Cambodia.  The term breaks vary slightly from state to state. However, they fall roughly during the later part of the months of January (1 week), March (2 weeks), May (3 weeks), August (1week), October (4 weeks).



Are there any cultural tips I should know about to avoid cultural offence?

To avoid "cultural offences", here are some tips:


Remove shoes when entering homes and places of worship.


Dress neatly in suitable attire which covers arms and legs when visiting places of worship.


When handling food, do so with the right hand only. 


Tipping is not a custom in Cambodia.  It is unnecessary in hotels and restaurants where a 10% service charge is incorporated in the bill, unless otherwise  the service rendered is exceptionally good then tipping is at your own discretion.


Refrain from raising your voice or displaying fits of anger as considered ill mannered. 



What is the procedure if I should want to bring pets into Cambodia?

It is advisable for you to contact the Cambodian Diplomatic Mission nearest your home for up-to-date information concerning the importation of pets from your country.  Various airline companies may also be able to help you with this.



Do I require medical insurance before travelling to Cambodia?

It is a good idea for you to have medical insurance before you travel to Cambodia as Cambodia does not have reciprocal health service agreements with other nations