US citizens traveling to Cambodia for the first time generally have an easy time gaining access to the country as a tourist. In fact, no currency exchange is even necessary, with dollars being used in everyday transactions (though your coins will have to stay at home). The first step in any adventure or business to Cambodia starts with a visa. Here are some of the visa requirements if you’re planning on flying into Siem Reap or Phnom Penh in the near future.
Navigating the forms and pouring over information on an embassy website won’t necessarily make the visa application process any easier. When that happens, and you need some travel experts knowledgeable in how to apply, expedite, and receive a visa to Cambodia, contact your nearest Travel Visa Pro office. We have nine staffed locations across the US, as well as dozens of pick up and drop off locations offering free shipping for visa and passport applications.
Cambodia visa requirements for US citizens traveling for tourism
Cambodia allows visitors 30 days in the country, which can be extended only once for an additional 30 days and a $45 fee. Tourists planning on Cambodia as their next destination have the option of applying for a visa online or through the mail.
Fortunately, there are convenient ways to apply for a visa to Cambodia from the comfort of home. E-visas (https://www.evisa.gov.kh) are available provided you have a picture taken within the last few months, a passport valid for at least six months, and a credit card for the $30 visa fee and $7 processing fee. Applicants need to enter a picture of their passport information page, fill out their passport information, and note their anticipated date and port of entry.
Upon completion, the website will provide a confirmation voucher – this must be presented to immigration in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap on arrival. Though US citizens may legally enter Cambodia from all land border crossings, not all of these accept e-visas.
If you are planning a land border crossing from Vietnam or Thailand, there are alternatives. Mail-in applications for tourist visas are also accepted at some Cambodian embassies and consulates in the US and abroad. Visas on arrival are also available to US citizens, with immigration checkpoints available to take and print passport-sized photos. ATMs are also inside the security area, but US dollars are widely used in Cambodia, provided the bills aren’t too old. However, it is recommended you arrive with a passport photo and exact change for the fee just in case.
Anything else I need to know before traveling to Cambodia?
Taking the time to check for the latest travel warnings prior to any international trip is always sound advice, as is registering your trip with the US Department of State to stay updated on these warnings. Business visas, a category of “ordinary” visas in Cambodia cost $35 for processing, but may be valid anywhere from 1-12 months depending on the purpose of your stay.
Being aware of other fees in the country is equally as important. The Cambodian government charges a $25 exit tax for international travelers leaving by air, but this is usually reflected in your airfare. In addition, those considering a land border crossing from Vietnam or Thailand should take note of the reports of extortion from official and unofficial border agents; some have been known to force everyone on a bus to wait until a “surcharge” is provided, or just blatantly asked for a bribe. Having extra cash even though you may not use it is essential.
When it comes down to it, there are many easy aspects of traveling to Cambodia, but a lot that could go wrong without preparation and research. Why risk a costly delay or cancellation when the experts at Travel Visa Pro are right around the corner?
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