Monday, September 23, 2013

Cambodia Visa on Arrival for Indians

The last time I had visited Cambodia, I opted to go the e-visa route, but this time around, I had less time to prepare and hence took the visa on arrival route. The visa on arrival is available at all of Cambodia’s international airports and at their important land borders. The following basic stuff needs to be kept ready for a Cambodia visa on arrival:

Cambodia visa on arrival
1) Passport with minimum 6 months validity and a minimum of 2 blank pages
2) 2 passport size photographs with white background
3) Enough foreign currency to support yourself in Cambodia (most of the immigration officials don’t bother about this)
4) Completed and signed visa form (one can get this at the immigration check point)

The visa on arrival cost is USD 20 (the e-visa costs USD 25) and the visa allows you to stay in Cambodia for a duration of 1 month. Only US Dollars in cash are accepted as a mode of payment for the visa.

How to get your Cambodia visa on arrival at the Poipet land crossing?
The Poipet land crossing into Cambodia is the most popular land crossing between Thailand and Cambodia. After getting the exit stamps done at the Thai side, bypass all the Cambodian touts and agents and walk straight to the immigration office after you cross the casinos to your right. At the entrance of this immigration office is the visa on arrival office. Here, collect your form, fill it, submit the necessary documents and the visa fees and get your visa stuck on your passport. Now, collect your passport and visa and stand in the immigration line. The immigration officer will take your photo, scan your finger points and stamp you in for a duration of one month.

Note: Sometimes, especially during the peak holiday season, the queue at the immigration can be very long. Hence, remember to carry some eatables and water with you. Also, keep a watch out for your belongings.

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