If you’re visiting Cambodia, it’s more than likely that you will need to get yourself a visa. You can do this by either purchasing on arrival for $30 or by using the app or online for $36. I used the app as I wanted to avoid those long visa queues and get as much time as possible in the country.
You can use an e-visa if you’re entering at one of the main entry points in the county, including both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International airport. I flew into Siem Reap and the process was super easy. If you’re not flying into those airports, make sure to check via the website that an e-visa is accepted at the port of entry. There’s also points in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam that accept them, if you won’t be flying directly into the county.
The e-visa is only allowed for tourist visas, which are single entry only, last for 3 months and have a maximum length of stay of 30 days.
You will need:
You basic information (Name, DOB, etc)
A digital passport photo (I took a picture of a spare one I had and cropped it)
A scan of your passport (again, just take a clear photo on your phone)
Your bank card to hand (they accept Visa, MasterCard and UnionPay)
It’s really simple to apply. Just either visit the website or download the app and then follow the instructions. Make sure you double check your information and then proceed to the payment portal. The processing time for the e-visa is 3 business days, but since the visa lasts for up to 3 months, I’d allow a couple of weeks if you can, just incase there is any errors or issues. My visa was approved in a matter of hours, so it should be quiet quick for you too.
When your application has been approved, you’ll receive an approval letter via email this e-visa certificate then needs to shown to immigration at the checking point.
I printed out two copies, one for arrival and one for departure and kept both of them in my passport, ready for when I was at immigration.
Arriving in Cambodia
I flew into Siem Reap Airport, so this process might be slightly different if you’re going to one of the other entry points.
There was a big queue to get a visa on arrival, so I would definitely recommend getting the e-visa. There was then a queue for immigration, which wasn’t too big as it was just our plane landing at the time. The airport isn’t very big at all, so I can’t imagine it ever taking longer than half an hour to get through immigration.
You can use your e-visa to exit the country from any airport or entry point to the country, which makes things much simpler.
Using your e-visa to exit is very simple, just follow the normal airport procedure and you’ll have no issues.
I would recommend asking your hotel about airport transfers as most offer tuk tuk transfers both ways for around $5-$10. You can also get a taxi at the airport by buying a ticket from the kiosk as you leave the airport, which was $15