Cambodian Visa


Tourist Visa - Great if you are holidaying and plan on staying less than 30 days. This visa costs $20 and you have to have a passport-sized photo with you. You are able to get the visa prior to arrival, in your home country, however it is a very easy process to get it on arrival (which in most cases is cheaper). You can get this at both the Phnom Penh and the Siem Reap International Airports as well as land border crossings. A Tourist Visa can be extended one time only for 30 days. Overstay is charged at $5/day and is payable on departure.

‘Ordinary’ (Business) Visa - Great if you are planning on staying more than 30 days. This is essentially a Business Visa. Again it is valid for 30 days however it is much easier and less costly to extend once you are in the country. The ‘Ordinary’ Visa costs $25 (plus any bribes they wish to add on the day - ours eventually cost us $35 at the Koh Kong/Thai border crossing), is attainable on arrival at airports and overland crossings and again you will be required to have a passport-sized photo with you. You will probably be overcharged if you are travelling overland so be prepared and best not to question it. It’s very easy to extend and you can choose between a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month extension. A 12 month extension will cost you $290 and takes 2 days to process, so best to do this through a travel agent. This is the BEST Visa if you are planning on moving to Cambodia. This is the current situation (May, 2013) but may change in the future (the price has gone up 3 times since our arrival in January!).

We entered the country on a 30 day Tourist Visa, which in hindsight was not the best option. What we should have done, and what I would recommend if you are planning on staying in the country for more than 30 days, is to get an ‘Ordinary’ (Business) Visa on arrival.

Once you have your ‘Ordinary’ Visa you can go to any number of shops throughout the city to get it renewed. You will see their visa service advertised out front - most travel agents will do this also.

We renewed ours here and didn't have any dramas:

Palm Tours - No. 1B, St. 278, Phnom Penh (just off St. 51)
Phone - 023 726 291

For info on border runs click HERE

For more info on moving to Phnom Penh check out my book - Inside Phnom Penh: A Guide to Moving to the Kingdom's Capital and be sure to sign up below for my weekly updates.

Ducky xoxo




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