VISA to Cambodia -

Popular visa types: Tourist and Business
Both tourist and business 30-day visas are available on entry at the

airports and at some of the international crossings. A tourist visa

costs US$20, a business visa $25. At international airports you'll

generally get the visa for that price, but at overland crossings,

overcharging may happen. This is a particular problem at the Ko Kong

crossing. You will require a pen and one photo and the visa is paid for

in US cash -- to be safe, have the right amount. You can also apply for

a Cambodian visa online through the Cambodia eVisa online website. The

visa costs US$20 plus a $5 processing surcharge and takes three days.

While most people get the visa on arrival, if you're planning on

entering at Ko Kong, it is worth considering getting your visa

beforehand to avoid any "misunderstandings" at the crossing. Given how

easy it is to get an eVisa, and as they're valid at the Ko Kong

crossing, the eVisa is really the way to go.

EVisas are only valid for entry into Cambodia via the international

airports at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and via the land crossings at Ko

Kong, Poipet and Bavet. You cannot use an eVisa to enter Cambodia at

other crossings.

A tourist visa can be extended once, for 30 days only. The extension

costs US$45. Business visas can be extended pretty much forever on an

annual basis. The fee for a year-long multiple entry extension is

US$280. Both types of extensions take a day or two and are best handled

through agents.

Validity issues
The main issue facing tourists is that tourist visas can only be

extended once. If you're looking at a longer stay in cambodia, get a

business visa. It costs just $5 more, requires no extra paperwork, and

can be extended for a far longer period.

While it isn't a big deal to overstay a visa in Cambodia, it does get

expensive quickly. The base fine is $6 per day of overstay. So if you

overstay by five days, you'll be required to pay $30 on exit.

Things to watch out for
The main potential problem revolves around buying your visa at the

border. Some immigration officers demand that you pay in baht, using a

very poor exchange rate (and they pocket the difference). This is a

particular problem at the Ko Kong crossing. The easiest way to avoid

the problem is to get your visa in advance -- or don't use the Ko Kong


Departure tax
There is no departure tax if using a land crossing. However, if you're

flying out of Phnom Penh or Siem Reap international airport, the

departure tax is US$25 for international flights and $6 for domestic

flights. You need to pay departure tax in US cash.

Border crossings
For the latest information on border crossings and to read traveller

reports, please see our Cambodia border crossing page, or the

exhaustive Border Crossings FAQ thread on the messageboard, which

includes reports from travellers who have recently crossed.


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