Citizens of about 12 countries are exempt from a tourist visa requirement, when visiting for a short period. Most visitors are issued an entry-visa upon their arrival, if you do not wish to get a visa in advance from the embassy in your country. As of now, it is issued at both international airports (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap) and at most checkpoints along the Cambodia-Laos, Cambodia-Thailand and Cambodia-Vietnam borders. Visitors can get an e-visa too but you will need to check if your point of entry into Cambodia accepts an e-visa. Citizens of about 10 countries are not allowed to get an e-visa or visa on arrival. They have to get a visa form a Cambodian embassy prior to departure.
To know which category you fall into, for further information, visit the website of the Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – http://www.mfaic.gov.kh/. You can also directly contact the Immigration Police Unit at the Phnom Penh Airport International or the Siem Reap Airport.
1. Cambodian embassies and consulates.
2. Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC) of Cambodia.
3. Airports and border-gates in Cambodia.
– Phnom Penh International Airport
– Siem Reap International Airport
– Bavet International Check Point
– Kha Orm Sam Nor International Check Point
– Cham Yeam International Check Point
– Poi Pet International Check Point
– O Smach International Check Point
– A completed visa application form
– Passport with 6 months validity
– One recent passport size photograph
– Applicable visa fee
– Supporting documents
You do not need a vaccination to enter Cambodia unless you are coming from a yellow fever risk area.
Cambodia has a tropical climate. It is hot and dry from March to May, with temperatures in the range of 29-38OC (or 84-100OF). The rainy season is from June to October, with temperatures in the range of 27-35OC (or 80-95OF). The cold and dry season is from November to February, with temperatures in the range of 17-27OC (or 62-80OF).
During the hot months, bring light clothing and during the cool months bring in thick clothing. For entering a Buddhist pagoda, women should cover their knees at least and wear at least half sleeves, and not wear revealing clothes. It is best to cover the entire body between elbows and ankles. It is also advisable to carry a scarf to cover your heads. Caps should not be worn. Wear footwear that can easily be taken off.
You will require an international driving license to drive in Cambodia. You may also use a license issued by your government to drive in Cambodia. You can easily rent a car through your hotel or car rental services, which you can look up in the local directory.
You are allowed to get in the following duty free:
– Two litres of wine
– 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars, or 400 grams of tobacco (if you are above 18)
– 350 millilitres of perfume
– Medicine for personal use
– Other non-prohibited materials and tools in limited quantity needed for travelling
If you are carrying goods worth US$100 or more, you will have to pay customs duties and taxes. Depending on the value of the goods, you will have to fill up different forms.
• When you enter people’s homes and places of worship, remove your footwear.
• Dress properly and cover your arms and legs when visiting places of worship.
• For business and eating, Cambodians use the right hand only.
• Do not talk about sensitive subjects such as war, violence, or the Khmer Rouge.
• Do not touch a Cambodian person on the head, not even children.
• Do not raise your feet higher than someone’s head.
• Do not point your feet or index fingers at someone.
• Tipping is not a custom in Cambodia.
• Never shout at someone or criticize them in front of others.
• Public displays of affection are frowned upon.
• Do not sit higher than the eldest person in the room or a monk.
• Women should never touch a monk or hand anything to them.
• Monks are not allowed to eat afternoon so don’t eat around them then.
• Do not leave chopsticks sitting vertically in a bowl. They look like the incense sticks that are burned for the dead. This is avoided everywhere in Asia.
• If gifted anything, politely resist first and then accept it with both hands.