Where to get it, fees, and procedures…
Cambodian government has made it extremely easy for tourists to get a Cambodia Visa. How easy? Super e-Visa easy.
The process of getting a visa is admittedly one of the less thrilling parts of traveling. But since April 2006, Cambodian tourists have the option of getting their visas online.
This means no more going to local embassies, and no more filling out visa-on-arrival forms at the airport. So convenient!
We used Cambodia e Visa for our trip. From the beginning to end, the process was very easy. Too easy, perhaps.
Getting the Visa
What you would do is go online to the Cambodian visa official application site, fill out a form with your passport information, date of arrival, point of entry, contact info et cetera, and upload a passport photo.
Then, you’ll need to pay for the visa application fee ($25). You can do so with a credit card, or Paypal (gasp!).
We chose Paypal, because it was easier.
The whole cambodia visa application process took about 15 – 20 minutes. It was a really simple, no sweat process. It gotten better, though.
At 11:41 am that morning, I finished the application and submitted it. At 2:24 pm on the same day, I received the approved visa application in my email, with both visas attached as PDF files, ready to be printed.
I, was, wowed!
To date, I still think that it was one of the best customer service I’ve ever had.
After this, you’ll only need to print 2 copies of it.
One is for the arrival entry, the other for departure.
Also, it comes in color, but you can print it in black and white.
When you arrive, you can go through the immigration on a special line, separate from the ‘normal’ visa queue. Cambodia really outdoes herself in this department.
Email From E-Visa Office
You’ll receive an email from Cambodia’s e-visa department, and it contains instructions about what to do with your visa. It’s pretty straightforward, just make sure you print 2 copies, and queue in the right line.
Unfortunately, e-Visa is only for tourists. Business travelers and others still need to go the old route. Also, it is $5 more than the normal on arrival visa fee (normal fee is $20). Cambodia government charges the additional as the processing fee.
My suggestion? Take the electronic Cambodia Visa if you need to expedite the immigration line. If not, save the additional $5 and go the normal route. If you need more information, their website I’ve linked above is surprisingly helpful and clear. A rarity for a government site.
On-Arrival Cambodian Visa Application Form
PS. If you want to do the good ol’ Cambodian visa application, you can download the form at the Cambodian government website here. These are not what’s available on the airport, though. The one at the airport is more like small pieces of paper.