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Cambodia Tourist Visa: Why I Say Visa On Arrival?


If you think there’s a list of countries that fall under the category of Countries-With-Super-Easy-Visa-Policies, Cambodia has a place in it. I landed at Siem Reap international airport in Cambodia at 2 in the afternoon and by 2:15 I was through. This was when I had to apply for Visa on Arrival.

Thailand Visa on Arrival, for its long queues, had me discouraged, but god bless Cambodia and its people who made it up to me. In 15 minutes, after my AirAsia flight landed, I was on the other side of the airport, with a fresh 30-day visa on arrival in my hand. Getting a visa stamp for Cambodia is super easy, and quick. I remember I did not wait more than 3 minutes at the visa on arrival desk and I get my beautifully-stamped passport back.

I totally loved how the airport officials swiftly dealt with my application, in addition to some 30 other applications who landed together with me. Though that’s a different question that they’re, at their part, a little careless, I was still happy and quite bemused. The happiness went out of control, when they asked USD 30 as VOA fee, on contrary to USD 35, as was mentioned on their website (as of October/2016). “An extra 5 dollar bill, I can use it to pay for my tuk-tuk,” I thought.

So yea, getting a VISA for Cambodia is easy, quick and a no hassle. But out of three ways to obtain it: the traditional visit-the-embassy style, electronic eVisa, and Visa on Arrivals (VOA), what one is best?

Also Read: Cambodia Travel Guide

Which Kind Of Tourist Visa To Go For In Cambodia

If you want your Visa to be longer than one month, go for the traditional visit-the-embassy style. But if one month, is enough – then eVisa and VOA are two convenient options.

So speaking of eVisa and VOA, I chose VOA, because it was cheaper. Though the website says, eVisa is 40 dollars, which is not a big difference from the cost of a VOA, there’s a catch. As you finish your eVisa application and decide to pay for it, the payment gateway that Cambodia’s immigration website is using, adds another 30 dollar surcharge on top it – making it 70 dollars for you in total. 70 dollars for a 30-day tourist visa to Cambodia. Too pricey.

So I used VOA, and I made a good choice. It cost me 40 dollars and just a few minutes at the airport.

Also Read: How Much It Costs To Travel In Cambodia

What Documents They Check At Airport For Cambodia Visa On Arrivalcambodia-airport

Rejection chances are almost none on VOA in Cambodia. If I tell you about my experience, I was not asked a question. I did not even show my return/outbound ticket, as a proof of my valid exit from Cambodia in under 30 days.

So as long as you have a valid passport, and it’s allowed a VOA in Cambodia, consider no questions and no verification being asked/done. Still, I hardly recommend having a return ticket to avoid any last minute fallouts. Cambodian Embassy website also asks you to have a return ticket, so they can pretty much demand it anytime, and if not found, can even reject your application.

Useful Tips

  • VOA is the easiest, comprehensive and convenient option.
  • Chances of rejection are almost none.
  • It is much cheaper than the eVisa.
  • You can get it from two airports: Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and/or at over 10 border checkpoints.
  • Carry a Passport with at least 6 months validity, one recent photograph (2 inches x 2 inches), appropriate visa fee.
  • Carry a return/outbound ticket. More FAQs here.
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