Visa Application for Cambodia
Visa Application for Cambodia Reviews
no pain to obtain a tourist visa...just be cautious to some notorious visa officials Jul 25, 2012
Did you know that all foreign nationals, except Malaysians, Laotians, and Singaporeans, need a visa to enter Cambodia?
Obtaining a visa was the first thing I had in mind as soon as we touched down. But no worries, it is not a pain, like getting a visa for Russia or China for that matter.
Tourist visas, valid for 30 days, costs US$20.00 and are issued on arrival both at Pochentong Airport in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airport. It is also possible to obtain a visa on arrival at all overland border crossing. Also, you may prefer to take care of your tourist visa online in advance. We traveled by air transportation and landed at Siem Reap International Airport, so; we had ours in this airport.
On your left corner as you enter the building is where you apply for a visa. There are long tables, and on top are applications forms and pens. Just grab those application forms and fill it out. The queue wasn’t long during our time maybe because our schedule of arrival was in the early morning. That being said, the visa officials still are in their most pleasant disposition as well (at least that's what I thought!)
I have our two 2x2 passport photos ready. TB Yasuyo (yasuyo) did advise me to not forget these important things. There are no instant photo kiosk in the airport, so if you forget yours you might be denied a visa! Although, sometimes, they can have your picture from your passport copied and pay extra $1.00 to 5.00 but, that depends on the mood of the visa officer. The key point is to bring two copies of (most recent) passport photos with you.
After filling in and handling in the application forms to the officials, we waited for them to call our names. Surprisingly enough, that took a bit of time while those fellows behind us in the queue had their visa handed to them first. Finally, when everyone has gone away, one of the officials called out our name; so, we went closer to the counter and then, the shocking “news!” He did ask for additional $10.00 on top of the $25.00 visa fee that we already paid for. We didn’t ask why. We knew; it’s a form of “manipulation.” We did not oblige though. Gently, but firmly told him we are budget travelers, and simultaneously, I pointed out to him the visa sign board that hung on the ceiling. Good, he did not pursue collecting $ from us. So, a word of caution; some (hopefully, not all) Cambodian visa officials can be notoriously corrupt! ~
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