Visiting the beautiful country of Cambodia is an adventure like no other. From its stunning landscapes to its rich cultural heritage, Cambodia has so much to offer. If you’re planning a trip to this enchanting destination, here’s all you need to know about the entry rules and requirements.
COVID-19 Travel Guidelines
Amid the ongoing pandemic, Cambodia has set certain rules for travelers. The good news is that there are currently no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for entry into the country. However, it’s always a good idea to stay updated on the latest travel advisories to ensure a safe and smooth trip.
Passport Validity Requirements
To enter Cambodia, your passport must meet certain validity requirements. First and foremost, it should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your arrival. Additionally, make sure your passport is undamaged and complete. Entry is usually denied if you have a damaged passport or missing pages. If your visa is up for renewal or extension from within Cambodia, ensure that your passport will remain valid for at least 6 months from the start date of that subsequent renewal or extension. It’s always a good practice to double-check with your travel provider to ensure your passport and other travel documents meet the necessary requirements. And if need be, don’t forget to renew your passport in advance.
As a visitor, you will need a visa to enter and travel through Cambodia. To obtain the most up-to-date information on fees, conditions, and photograph requirements, it’s best to check with the Royal Embassy of Cambodia. Tourist visas are usually valid for 30 days from the date of entry. Upon arrival, make sure your passport is stamped, and don’t forget to keep the departure form safe. Losing the departure form may require you to contact immigration officials before leaving the country to make alternative arrangements.
Applying for a Visa
If you’re planning to apply for an e-visa, it’s recommended to do so at least 4 days in advance. However, if you prefer not to obtain an e-visa, you can always get a visa on arrival at airports or land border crossings. Simply provide a photo and pay in US dollars. It’s also worth noting that you have the option to extend your tourist visa while you’re in Cambodia. However, be aware that overstaying your visa can result in fines, detention, and deportation. The fines have no set limit, and if you overstay for more than 30 days, you’ll need to leave Cambodia and pay the applicable fine.
If you’re considering working in Cambodia, you’ll need a business visa and a work permit. Business visas can be obtained on arrival at Phnom Penh airport, from the immigration department, or in advance from a Cambodian embassy. To secure a work permit, your employer will need to apply on your behalf to the Department of Labour and Social Affairs. It’s essential to adhere to these regulations as the Cambodian government strictly enforces them. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it’s advisable to consult the relevant department.
Take care of your health before embarking on your Cambodian adventure. It is recommended to check the vaccinations and certificates you need at least 8 weeks before your trip. For detailed information and guidance, refer to TravelHealthPro’s Cambodia guide.
Registering with the Authorities
To ensure a hassle-free stay, it’s important to register yourself with the Cambodian Department of Immigration. They have an online registration app called the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS). Failing to register could potentially hinder your ability to extend your visa if needed. If you’re staying in a hotel, guesthouse, or rented accommodation, make sure the manager or landlord registers you using the app. On the other hand, if you’re staying with friends, family, or own your own home in Cambodia, you’ll need to register yourself using the app available for Android or iOS. Remember to provide a valid Cambodian phone number during the registration process.
Now that you’re equipped with all the essential information, get ready to immerse yourself in Cambodia’s stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. Start planning your trip today and make unforgettable memories in the Kingdom of Wonder!