You are here because you are about for a trip to Cambodia and you want to know how to get a visa for Cambodia right? There are 2 very simple ways. I will take you through our step by step process and recommend the very best way to get a Cambodian visa for you and your family today.
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Who Needs a a Visa for Cambodia?
Basically, everyone. If you are from Australia, USA, Europe, New Zealand, and UK you need a visa and a valid passport to enter Cambodia.
The only exceptions to needing a visa are passport holders of Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
How to Get a Visa for Cambodia
You have 2 options of how to get a visa for Cambodia. They are:
- Get a visa on arrival at an International airport or land border
- Obtain a visa online before arrival
Option 1 – Visa on Arrival for Cambodia
What You Need for Visa on Arrival to Cambodia
In order to get your visa on arrival for Cambodia, you will need to have on you:
- One passport photograph
- Visa fee of $30USD in cash
- Completed visa form (available on the plane, or at the airport)
- Passport with at least 6 months validity
Where to Get a Passport Photo
It is better for you to bring the photo with you. In fact, I recommend travelling with a few passport photos from home. In Southeast Asia, I couldn’t find anywhere to get our passport photos taken.
At Siem Reap International Airport, there were no photo booths, or opportunities to get a passport photo taken.
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How Much Does a Cambodian Visa on Arrival Cost?
A Cambodian visa on arrival costs $30USD. You need to have this amount in US Dollars cash on you.
Where to Get US Dollars
There are ATMs in the arrivals hall at Siem Reap International Airport which dispense US Dollars. Or visit a money changer before arriving.
Option 2 – How to Apply for a Visa Online for Cambodia
Visit the official Cambodian Government website to apply online for a visa at least 3 days but no more than 2 months before you enter the country.
It is so simple. Make sure you only use the official website of the government or you will pay an extra agent fee.
Here is the link for the visa online application via the official government website: Note the .gov.kh which makes it official:
What do you Need to Get a Visa Online for Cambodia?
- Credit card to pay visa fee plus processing fee $36USD
- Complete online application
- Upload .jpeg files of passport photo
- Upload .jpeg files of passport front page
- Printed out copy x 2 of the e-visa certificate to show at immigration control
- Passport must have at least 6 months validity
Passport Photos for Online Visa
We just took our own passport photos in our hotel room with a mobile phone to upload with our family’s visa applications. It was so simple and you get free photos if you do it this way. You can drag and crop your photo on the website.
How Much Does a Cambodian Visa Online Cost?
The visa fee is $30USD and you pay an extra processing fee of $6USD.
Cambodian E-visa Certificate
You must have 2 copies of your e-visa certificate. The official word on the website is that it takes up to 3 days to approve your application and issue your e-visa certificate. For us, our e-visa certificates were in my email inbox by the end of the day.
Then we just got our hotel reception to print them out for us. That was such a free and easy way to do it!
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How to Apply for Multiple Cambodian E-Visas
- Click on ‘Application’ Menu
- Complete the application for the first applicant
- In the ‘Review’ section, scroll down and click on ‘Additional Applicant’
- Fill in application for next applicant
- Repeat each step for each additional applicant
- You are not able to submit more than 10 applicants at a time.
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Which is the Best Way to Get a Cambodian Visa?
Our experience of getting a Cambodian visa went like this:
We were in Thailand and could not find anywhere to get a passport photo for our family of 6. So we took passport photos of each of us up against a white-ish wall in our hotel. The quality was not amazing, but it was good enough. Then we took our pics of the information pages of our passports and uploaded them as well.
There was a glitch when I tried to do all 6 at once, so I ended up splitting the applications up into 2 groups of 3 of us and paying 2 separate transactions. This is despite the fact that you are supposedly able to complete up to 10 applications at once. It could possibly have been due to my sketchy internet connection.
When we got to the Siem Reap International Airport from Phuket, it was 7 am. Everybody else went to line up and get their visa on arrival. We were the only people off the plane that got to skip the massive cue for the visa on arrival and jump straight through passport control into the e-visa line.
For this reason, with 4 young kids, with any kids, the e-visa for Cambodia is definitely the way to go. It was the quickest airport transition we have ever had!
The e-visa for Cambodia does cost an extra $6 per person, however, that is cheaper than the cost of 6 lots of passport photos (in Australia these cost $18AUD each).
Skipping the cue at the airport was the best thing.
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Where is Cambodian E-visa Valid?
Your Cambodian e-visa is only supported at the following air and land border points:
- Phnom Penh International Airport
- Siem Reap International Airport
- Preah Sihanouk International Airport
- Cham Yeam (Koh Kong)
- Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey)
- Bavet (Svay Rieng)
- Tropaeng Kreal Border Post (Stung Treng)
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How Long does the Cambodian Visa Last For?
Your Cambodian visa on arrival or Cambodian e-visa lasts for 30 days from the date of entry.
It has 3 months validity from the date of issue.
Allow 3 days to process an e-visa.
Where to Stay in Siem Reap
Check out The Neth Socheata Hotel when in central Siem Reap. It is budget friendly, with comfortable air-conditioned rooms for only $31AUD per double including breakfast. We loved the big family room that slept 6, and it’s perfect location down a quiet side street, but right in the thick of the action. This is the only hotel in the prettiest part of Siem Reap’s Old French Quarter. We found it on Booking.com.
Find out the best places to stay in Siem Reap here. We have done all the legwork to find everything from budget to mid-range and luxury, for couples and families.
Booking Tours in Cambodia
When in Cambodia we use GetYourGuide to compare prices and book all of our tours. The peace of mind and ease of use with GetYourGuide is incomparable. Have a look at some of their most popular tours around Siem Reap here:
One of our favourite tours was to Tonle Sap Lake and Kompong Phluk Village. It was a great morning out.
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- Water Park Siem Reap
- Cambodia Landmine Museum
- Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre
- Best Cafes in Siem Reap
- Artbox Siem Reap
- Tonle Sap Lake and Kompong Phluk Village Tour
Where to Eat in Siem Reap
There are so many great Siem Reap restaurants! For all the details, read this: Best Eats in Siem Reap
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How to get a Cambodian Visa
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Currency Used in Cambodia
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Guidebook for Cambodia
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