All nationalities need to apply for a travel visa with the exception of the following countries who are able to enter Cambodia visa-free:

  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Laos
  • Singapore
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam

For all other nationalities, a visa on arrival can be arranged which is valid for 30 days. These visas are issued at Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, and the International Border Checkpoints. The Cambodian visa can also be granted at any Royal Cambodian Embassy or Consulate abroad. The visa fee for tourists is currently USD30 (subject to change) and the fee for a businessman is USD35 (subject to change). Visas are able to be extended at the Immigration Department in Phnom Penh City. A free visa (K) is expressly granted for Cambodians living overseas.

The Royal Government of Cambodia has recently approved E-Visas. Online applications are now available here, with online credit card payment used. You will also be able to upload your recent passport-size photo in JPG/PNG format. The visa will be approved and available within three business days.

The E-Visa, valid for a 30 day stay, is available for tourists only and for a single entry. Currently it is not available for residents of specific countries including Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Sri Lanka.

Additional Cambodia Visa Details

Visas can be obtained at the following locations:

AirportPhnom Penh International Airport
Siem Reap International Airport
Cambodia-Vietnam BorderBavet International Check Point
Kha Orm Sam Nor International Check Point
Cambodia-Thailand BorderCham Yeam International Check Point
Poi Pet International Check Point
OSmach International Check Point

General information and exchange rate

The US Dollar is widely accepted by many businesses even though Riel is the country’s currency. It is wise and useful to carry some Riels with you for small purchases and transport. Currently, the US/ Riel exchange rate is approximately 4,000 Riel to 1 US Dollar (subject to change). To have more information about exchange rate, please refer to the following website:XE.

Credit cards

Most of the major establishments are now accepting credit card in the touristic towns of Cambodia (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap). ATMs are available in Phnom Penh and key tourist locations. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the most accepted cards in the Kingdom: Visa, MasterCard (MC) and JCB.
NagaWorld offers a variety of ATM machines on site: Cathay United Bank, Cambodia Asia Bank, CIMB Bank, Maybank and ANZ Bank. There is also the cash advance options for international travelers inside the casino.

Travellers’cheque

Even though traveller’s cheques may seem out-of-date to some people, it is a very handy way of carrying money in Cambodia. Traveller’s cheques are accepted at most banks and some money exchange office.

Opening hours

Phnom Penh’s key tourist sites are open daily, including most public holidays, generally from 8am to 5pm. The Temples of Angkor, Tonle Bati and Sambor Preik Kuk, and the country‘s national parks are also open daily from dawn to dusk. Markets are open daily from 6am to 5pm while the shops are open from 8am to 7pm (even later in the tourist areas). Banks are opened from Monday to Friday between 8.30am-3.30pm and Saturday morning (8.30am to 11.30am).

Public holidays

You will find below a list of Cambodia’s public holidays for 2016. Please be aware that dates for Buddhist religious holidays are variable and change each year with the lunar calendar. Any public holidays that fall on a Saturday or Sunday are taken the following Monday.

DatePublic holidays
01 January 2016International New Year Day
07 January 2016Victory over Genocidal Regime Day
22 February 2016Meak Bochea Day
08 March 2016International Women’s Day
13, 14, 15, 16 April 2016Khmer New Year Day
01 May 2016International Labor Day
13, 14, 15 May 2016King’s Birthday, Norodom Sihamoni
20 May 2016Visak Bochea Day
24 May 2016Royal Plowing Ceremony
01 June 2016International Children’s Day
18 June 2016King’s Mother Birthday, Norodom Monineath Sihanouk
24 September 2016Constitutional Day
30 September, 01, 02 October 2016Pchum Ben Day
15 October 2016Commemoration Day of King’s Father, Norodom Sihanouk
23 October 2016Paris Peace Agreements Day
29 October 2016King’s Coronation Day, Norodom Sihamoni
09 November 2016Independence Day
13, 14, 15 November 2016Water Festival Ceremony
10 December, 2016International Human Rights Day

Tourist police

In any of emergencies (loss of passport, theft, or other), please contact both of the tourist police and your embassy.
To contact the Tourist police either dial 117 or 012.942.484.

Foreign Embassies

CountryPhone 1Phone 2Address
Australia023 213 470023 213 413#16B, National Assemble street
Bulgaria023 217 504023 212 792#227-229, Norodom Boulevard
China023 720 920/921023 720 922#156, Mao Tse Toung Boulevard
Cuba023 213 965023 217 428#96-98, Street 214
France023 430 020023 430 037#1, Monivong Boulevard
Germany023 216 381
or 023 216 193
023 217 016#76-78, Street 214
India023 210 912/913023 213 640#5, Street 466
Indonesia023 217 934
or 023 216 148
023 217 566#1, Street 466 (Corner w/ Norodom Blvd)
Korea (South)023 211 900/903023 219 200#50-52, Street 214
Korea North)023 217 013023 217 013#39, Suramarith Boulevard
Japan023 217 161023 216 162#194, Norodom Boulevard
Laos023 997 931023 720 907#15-17, Mao Tse Toung Boulevard
Malaysia023 216 176/177023 726 101#220-222, Norodom Boulevard
Philippines023 222 303/304023 215 143#15, Street 422
Thailand023 726 306023 726 303#196, Preah Norodom Boulevard
Russia023 210 931
or 023 215 082
023 216 776#213, Sothearos Boulevard
Singapore023 221 875023 214 578#129, Norodom Boulevard
Vietnam023 726 274023 726 495#440A, Monivong Boulevard
United Kingdom023 427 124023 427 125#27-29, Street 75
United State of America023 728 000 #1, Street 96

What should I bring to Cambodia?

Here is a non-exhaustive list of recommended items to pack in your luggage before coming to Cambodia:

  • Photocopies of your passport that you shall keep in a safe place
  • Passport-size pictures of yourself (required for the visa)
  • Cash in small notes (US$1, US$10, US$20)
  • Umbrella or rain poncho if you are visiting during the rainy season (July to October)
  • A waist bag to safely carry your money and avoid snatch-and-grab robberies

Cambodian culture

Despite the growth of tourism, Cambodia still has a quite conservative culture. It is important for tourists to remember they are simply visiting and should adapt to the local culture. You will find below a useful list of the essential DOs and DONTs while visiting Cambodia.

DOsDONTs
Remove your shoes before entering a place of worship (pagodas/temples) or someone’s homeDon’t use your feet to point at someone
Dress appropriately while visiting pagodas and temples (shoulders and knees covered)Don’t touch a Cambodian person on the head
Ask permission before taking pictures of any Cambodian people or monksWomen should never touch male monks or hand something directly to them
Cover your mouth with one hand when using a toothpickKeep public displays of affection to a respectful minimum
Respect the elderlyLosing control, shouting and screaming is not socially acceptable and can make Cambodians embarrassed
Keep your business cards ready and use both hands to present themDo not bargain to far, and try to keep a fair price for both parties
Bow the head slightly with hands pressed together at the chest as a respectful way of greeting another individualDo not give money to children in the street or buy souvenirs from them, it would encourage them no to go to school