Getting a tourist visa for Cambodia is not too difficult, but I’ve had a few people ask me about it lately. Luckily, on a scale of 1 to China, getting your tourist visa for Cambodia is about a 4.

 
I visited Cambodia in September 2013, so my experience will be based on that but I am also including updated information on costs about the e-visa. The information in this post is regarding the tourist visa which allows visitors to stay in Cambodia for 15-30 days, depending on their nationality.

There are two different ways that you can get your Cambodian visa, either through a Visa on Arrival after you arrive or an E-Visa that you process before your departure.
Visa Map for Cambodia

Visa on Arrival

Required Docs:
– the completed application form:
– the completed application form: Cambodia Tourist Visa Form
– 6 months validity on your passport with at least one blank page
– 2 recent 2 inch x 2 inch photographs
– USD$35 – crisp, clean bills otherwise they may not be accepted

So far, super easy right? The strange part is when you arrive in Cambodia.
1) Find the Visa on Arrival counter

In Siem Reap this will be the first counter on your left hand side once you enter the terminal.

2) Give your documents and passport to the official at the counter.

3) Hang out in the waiting area, and debate the fact that your passport is no longer in your possession. Listen carefully when they are calling out names because they may mispronounce yours.

4) Exchange your passport for $USD 35. Yay, you can now legally enter Cambodia.

The visa on arrival can be obtained at all land and air entry points which makes it a bit more flexible for travelers who are not completely set on their plans.

E-Visa

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The E-Visa is a bit more restrictive, and can only be obtained through certain entry points.

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You can apply for the e-visa through Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs here. As of October 2014, this visa costs US$37 payable by credit card. According to their site, you should receive your visa within 3 days and then simply print it out and present it to the Customs official when you are entering Cambodia.

The main benefit of the e-visa is that you don’t have to wait for them to process it at the airport. When I landed in Siem Reap it was 11pm and my flight from Seoul had only been half full. We waited about 15-20 minutes to have our passports returned, however, I can imagine that this would be a longer process if your flight lands in the afternoon.

Have you been to Cambodia? Did you get an e-visa or a visa on arrival? 

Visit these websites for more information.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs – https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

How to go to Cambodia – http://www.howtogotocambodia.com

Cambodia Airports – http://www.cambodia-airports.aero

Royal Embassy of Cambodia FAQ – http://www.embassyofcambodia.org/faq.html