It is simple and straightforward to purchase a Cambodia Visa on-arrival at airports or land border crossings. Here’s how:
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Note: A majority of countries can get a visa on-arrival in Cambodia, but a few cannot. The complete list of countries that can get a Cambodia Visa on-arrival is here.
There are two types of Cambodia Visas you can get on-arrival:
TOURIST (T) Visa ($30 USD as of August 2017)
ORDINARY (E) Visa ($35 USD as of August 2017).
Which Visa Should You Get?
TOURIST (T) VISA
If you’re coming to Cambodia for less than 2 months in total you should get a TOURIST (T) VISA. This is a 1 month single-entry visa that you can renew one time for one more month without leaving the country.
ORDINARY (E) VISA
If you are coming for longer than 2 months in total you will need to get an ORDINARY (E) VISA. This is a 1 month single-entry visa that you can renew for an additional 1, 3, 6 or 12 months without leaving the country. The 1 and 3 month visas are single-entry, the 6 and 12 month visas are multiple entry, meaning you can leave Cambodia and return using the same visa.
What You’ll Need to Get Your Visa
The following applies for visas on arrival for both the TOURIST (T) VISA and ORDINARY (E) VISA
1. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the arrival date.
2. Two free pages in your passport (visas takes up a whole page).
3. An application form, provided at the airport or land border crossing.
4. One recent passport photograph (4 x 6). It is now possible to have your passport photo scanned to use on your visa at the Phnom Penh International Airport. There is a small fee ($2 USD at the time of writing) for this service, paid at the visa application counter.
5. Visa Fee: A cash payment of $30 USD for TOURIST (T) VISA or $35 USD for Ordinary (E) VISA.
6. At the airport/land crossing: Bring your passport, application form, passport photo and payment in USD cash. The staff at the visa application counter will process your application and your passport will be returned to you with your full page visa inside, usually within ten minutes. You can then proceed through immigration.
Overstaying Your Cambodia Visa
If you overstay your Cambodia visa you will be charged $10 per day starting from date of expiration (as of August 2017). The fine is payable to immigration when you leave the country.
If you are overstaying your visa for three days or less it may be cheaper to pay the overstay charge than get a visa extension. Technically you may be charged for a visa extension on your way out of the country, but usually this does not happen.
TOURIST (T) VISAS can be extended for one month without leaving the country.
ORDINARY (E) VISAS can be extended for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months without leaving the country.
When purchasing your Cambodia visa on-arrival at airports or land crossings, be sure to double check your visa. An ORDINARY (E) Visa should have a series of 8 numbers on the left hand side of the visa. Ensuring you received the correct visa on entry will save you a lot of trouble and money down the road if you are staying longer than 2 months.
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