In Cambodia you need a valid visa to enter the country. The tourist visa is valid for up to 30 days.  You have the option of a one-time extension for up to 30 days.  There are several options to get a visa. In principle, the passport must have at least 6 months remaining validity upon entry and at least one complete blank page.

3 October 2022 – No more Covid-19 requirements for tourists

Cambodia has abolished all covid measures. Among other things, you no longer have to show your vaccination certificate.

Regardless, it is recommended to follow airline and transit regulations.

Official letters from the Ministry

Furthermore, the 3 Do’s and Don’ts are recommended:

The 3 Do’s

  1. Wearing a mask
  2. Washing hands regularly
  3. Keeping a distance of 1.5 metres from the mask

The 3 Don’ts

  1. Avoid confined and enclosed spaces
  2. Avoid crowded rooms
  3. Avoid touching each other

In addition, tourists are asked to do regular health self-checks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Visa at the Cambodian diplomatic mission

You can apply for the visa at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia in a lot of  countries.  The website Royal Embassy of Cambodia shows a list with all Cambodian Embassies in the world.

The processing will take about 6 working days. A registered outdated before entry visa includes a usage period. The visa is valid for 3 months. Within these 3 months you must enter Cambodia. The length of stay is determined by the immigration authorities at the border.

What does the tourist visa for Cambodia look like?

This differs from the option you have chosen.

E-Visa prior to tour commencement

The virtual visa does not apply at all border crossings and also not for people who wish to enter from the countries of Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Nigeria. At these crossings the E-Visa is accepted:

  • Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Siem Reap International Airport
  • Since December 2017 also Sihanoukville airport
  • Thai border at Cham Yeam (Koh Kong) and Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey)
  • Vietnamese border at Bavet (Svay Rieng)
  • Laos border at Tropeang Kreal (Stung Treang)

Since 1 October 2014 an E-Visa for Cambodia is charged 30 USD + 7 USD handling fee. Apply for an E-Visa online at the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation.

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E-Visa Cambodia

Visa on arrival in Cambodia

Visa on arrival, so when you arrive there at these border crossings:

  • Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Siem Reap International Airport
  • Sihanoukville International Airport (currently only served from China)
  • Thailand border: Cham Yeam International checkpoint, checkpoint and Poipet International O’Smach International checkpoint
  • Border with Vietnam: At all border crossings. Border with Thailand: At all border crossings.
  • Border with Laos: A visa on entry is not possible*.

*Please check again on site to be on the safe side. The information can change at any time.

The tourist visa costs $ 30.00 and can be extended once for up to 30 days. If you don’t have a photo with you, the visa costs 34 USD, which is 4 USD more. So there are no problems when entering the country if you don’t have a photo with you. Regardless of this, you have to have your photo taken at passport control anyway.

Visa Rules for Cambodia
Visa on Arrival

Note: Your tourist visa is only valid for a single entry into Cambodia. This also applies if you are only in Cambodia for a few days and your visa is still valid. Only with a visa duration of 6 months or more (Ordinary Visa) you can enter and leave Cambodia several times with this one visa.


  • You can get the application form on the plane or at the border crossings.
  • The amount is to be paid in cash and exactly as it is due.
  • Depending on the border crossing, you may be asked to pay additional fees. More about this in the article below.
  • Make sure that the dollar notes are new. Otherwise they may not be accepted.
  • You usually have 08:00 in the morning and 08:00 in the evening to enter Cambodia by land. The offices at the border crossings are usually open until then.

What are the border crossings to Cambodia?

[Update May 2022] Currently only a selection of land border crossings are open to tourists, these are:


  • prek chak / hatien
  • bavet / moc bai


  • poipet / ban klong luk
  • phnom dei / ban khao din
  • o’smach / chong chom
  • cham yeam / ban hat lek
  • phsar prum / ban phak kad
  • daung / ban laem


  • tropaeng kreal / nong nok khiene (no Visa on Arrival)

Checkpoints Thailand <-> Cambodia

By far the biggest checkpoint between Cambodia and Thailand is Aranyaprathet (on the Thai side) and Poipet (on the Cambodian side). This is partly due to the direct connection between Bangkok and Siem Reap and partly due to the often cheap flights to Bangkok.

Province /
Province /
1AranyaprathetSakaeo /
Highway No. 33
PoipetBanteay Meanchey /
Highway No. 5
2Hat LekTrat /
Highway No. 3
Cham YeamKoh Kong /
Highway No. 48
3Chong JomSurin /
Highway No. 214
O’SmachOddar Meanchey /
Highway No. 68
4Chon Sa NgamSurin /
Highway No. 2201
Anlong VengOddar Meanchey /
Highway No. 66
5Ban PakardChantaburi /
Highway No. 3193
Phsar Prom PailinPailin /
Highway No. 57
6Ban LaemChantaburi /
Street No. 4033
Daung LemBattambang /
Highway No. 59

Checkpoints Vietnam <-> Cambodia

Between Vietnam and Cambodia, the border crossing at Moc Bai (on the Vietnamese side) and Bavet (on the Cambodian side) is considered the largest checkpoint. The route leads from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh.

Province /
Province /
1Moc BaiTay Ninh  /
Highway No. 22A
Bavet Svay Rieng  /
Highway No. 1
2Vinh XuongAn Giang /
Song Tien – Cuu Long
Kaam SamnorKandal /
Mekong Fluss
3Tinh BienAn Giang /
Highway No. 91
Phnom Den Takeo /
Highway No. 2
4Xa MatTay Ninh /
Highway No. 22B
Trapeang Plong Tbong Khmum /
Highway No. 72
5Ha Tien Kien Giang /
Highway No. 80
Prek Chak Kampot /
Highway No. 33A
6Hoa LuBinh Phuoc /
Highway No. 13
Treangpe Sre
Kratie /
Highway No. 74
7Dinh BaDong Thap /
Highway No. 30
Banteay Chakrey Prey Veng /
Highway No. 30
8Le ThanhGia Lai /
Highway No. 19
Oyadav Ratanakiri  /
Highway No. 78
9 Binh Hiep Long An /
Highway No. 62
Pray VorSvay Rieng /
Highway No. 341D

Where are the border crossings (map)?

The map shows the border crossings of the three bordering countries Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.

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The business visa (Ordinary Visa)

For stays longer than 30 days plus one-extension of a further 30 days the business visa for up to one year may be granted upon entry. From a visa for 6 months multiple entry and exit is possible. These specify on entry, that a business visa is required. As with a tourist visa has a business visa initially a maximum period of 30 days, which is then extended by one, three, six months or one year following at the immigration office in Cambodia. The first 30 days are counted here. You can apply for a business visa at the following border crossings:

  • Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Siem Reap International Airport
  • Thai border at Cham Yeam (Koh Kong) and Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey)
  • Vietnamese border at Bavet (Svay Rieng)

The business visa for 30 days costs $  35.00  To obtain a business visa, it does not necessarily have business activities in Cambodia. The prices for the extension vary depending on the duration. For a stay of one year, there are approximately $ 280,00.

Give extension in order

Who the trip to Phnom Penh would like to extend the tourist or business visa to spare, tasked professional travel agencies on site. These then take an appropriate surcharge.

Good to know: You pay 5 USD for every day you stay in Cambodia longer than your visa is valid.

Alternatively, you can combine your visa extension with a short trip to Phnom Penh, when you are in another part of the country.

ACMECS single visa for Thailand and Cambodia

Since 27 December 2012 the ACMECS ( Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy ) Single Visa for Cambodia travellers from currently 35 countries can be obtained. This visa allows entry to Thailand and Cambodia. It is valid for up to 3 entries to Thailand and one entry into Cambodia, the residence time for Thailand is up to 60 days per entry and for Cambodia 30 days. For Thailand, the fee is 30 Euros for each entry and is payable when applying for a visa at the Thai Embassy. You pay the visa fee at the border crossing.

The processing period is different because two different authorities have to agree. Once the Thai Foreign Ministry and even the Royal Embassy of Cambodia.

Special: From Bangkok to Siem Reap

You can take a bus, taxi or train from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet. The train leaves Hua Lamphong station at 05:55.

Once there, take another bus or tuk tuk to the border. From Khao San bus station or Mo Chit bus station there is a direct bus connection to Siem Reap. Both bus stops are about 10 minutes walk from the train stop. Once you are at the border crossing, you must get off the bus.

At the Thai checkpoint you fill out the exit card and present it to the Thai immigration authorities together with your passport.

A little further down the road you will come to the Cambodian immigration office. If you already have a visa, go directly to passport control (200 metres), fill out a short form and present it together with your passport and a recent passport photo. If you don’t have a visa yet, you still have to fill out the complete application form. The relevant office is 50 metres down the road on the right-hand side.

Poipet Checkpoint, Visa Cambodia
Transit to Poipet checkpoint in Cambodia

Once everything is done, you can take the free shuttle to the bus station. From the bus station you have 3 options to get to Siem Reap:

  • Taxi: You can book a whole taxi for yourself. Or you can wait for other people and share the fare of 48 USD.
  • Bus: Usually it costs 9 USD per person to take the bus.
  • Minivan: Well, it usually takes a while to get 10 people on board to share the van. Usually the ride costs 10 USD per person.

Beware of scammers at the border

Travellers are always advised to beware of the following scams they may encounter when crossing the border from Thailand into Cambodia by land:

While you are standing in line at Aranyaprathet, you may be approached by people pretending to be officials. They offer to help you cross the border and get your visa. As they are not immigration officials, you should never give them your passport.

Some bus drivers who take you to the border may stop at a small office on the way there. They interview tourists to find out how familiar they are with Cambodia’s visa requirements and then ask them for a bribe or an overage on the visa-on-arrival fee. If you refuse to pay extra, they will probably make you wait in line even longer. Be careful!

Therefore, consider getting an e-visa for Cambodia in advance. This will save you time and largely avoid the scams at the border.

Please note: We have compiled all information to the best of our knowledge and belief. We do not assume any liability for the correctness of the information. If you have any other / new information, please let us know in the comments. Thank you :-)

More info for your stay in Siem Reap

In these articles, you can find further information here on Visit Angkor for your stay in Siem Reap:

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  1. Hi Inga,

    We will be travelling to Cambodia at the end of August. I find your article very helpful, from the perspective of a foreigner. Thank you for all the information. I was going to apply for the e-Visa, not knowing that Visa on arrival is also possible , thanks to your article! Do we need to provide anything else for the Visa on arrival besides a valid passport and the fee?

    Maybe you can also help me with information about the Alliance Cafe which say they have a puppet show and dinner . So far I could not find any more details about this, i.e. time and day of shows. If you know something please let me know!

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Louisa, thank you for your nice comment. Makes me happy, that I could help you. About Alliance Cafe I found some information on this website:

      Also you can contact the Alliance Cafe directly for information. Contact details are placed in the sidebar:

      Wish you a wonderful time in Cambodia! Let me hear from you and feel free to follow our FB page:

      Best :-) Inga

  2. This is a good post. This post gives truly quality information. I’m going to look into it. Very useful tips are provided here. Thank you so much. Keep up the good work.

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