If you’re considering a long overdue vacation to Cambodia to see Angkor Wat or just try some fried spider, the first step begins with a visa. US citizens traveling to Cambodia have a few options prior to arrival to ensure all their paperwork is on the level.
Getting a visa to Cambodia quickly
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.
How to get a Cambodian visa from home
Tourists and business travelers to Cambodia have the option of applying online or by mail. Cambodia’s e-visa website (https://www.evisa.gov.kh) will allow anyone to enter their passport information, anticipated date and port of entry, and a picture of their passport information page. Thirty-day business and tourist visas are available for $30 with a $7 processing fee. The website will provide a confirmation voucher which you’ll need to present to immigration in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap (land border crossings are also available, but not all accept e-visas).
However, if you’re not Internet savvy and would like an alternative from the comfort of home, mail-in applications are also accepted some Cambodian embassies and consulates. Send your passport, two passport-sized photos, a completed visa application, and a $30 fee in the form of a check, cashier’s check or money order to the Cambodia embassy:
Royal Embassy of Cambodia c/o Consular Visa Office
4530 16th Street N.W.
Washington D.C., 20011
…or one of the other consulates across the country. More about Cambodian Visa Costs & Fees here.
How to get a Cambodian visa in person
All Cambodian embassies and consulates accept applications for tourist and business visas in person, usually without an appointment. Visas on arrival are also available to US citizens, with immigration checkpoints available to take and print photos as well as withdraw cash – US dollars are used in Cambodia, provided the bills aren’t too old. However, it is recommended you arrive with a passport photo ready to save time.
Other Cambodian visas
While the tourist visa to Cambodia allows the traveler 30 days in the country, it can be extended once for an additional 30 days and a $45 fee. However, there are a few other visa categories available with nearly identical application processes.
“Ordinary” visas are reserved for business travelers, students, retirees, and those actively seeking employment. While each visa’s validity varies, many applicants can expect anywhere from 1-12 based on the documentation they provide.
Check out Cambodian visa requirements here.
Any other advice for traveling to Cambodia?
As always, take the time to register your trip with the US State Department and check the latest travel warnings. Cambodia is friendly to tourists, with many flying directly into Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat. Though there is some infrastructure in urban areas and developed highways, first-time visitors to the area will notice a hodgepodge of tuk tuks, motorcycles, buses, and cars on the roads.
Being somewhat centrally located, Cambodia is often the entry point for tourists looking to explore neighboring countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Vietnam. Land border crossings are perfectly acceptable, but there are reports of extortion from official and unofficial border agents in the form of fake fees or just outright bribery; be aware that even having a valid visa prior to crossing may not mean you don’t need extra cash on hand.
Do you have any other questions about traveling to Cambodia? Stop by the nearest Travel Visa Pro and let our team of experts help plan your trip today!