Most nationalities are eligible for a one-month visa-on-arrival at Phnom Penh airport or Siem Reap airport, and at land borders. The cost is US$30 for a tourist visa and US$35 for a business visa, with a US$2-4 sometimes charged to cover administration fees. Bring payment in US dollars and one passport photo. Please be aware that sometimes there can be long queues at the airport when obtaining a visa-on-arrival, however in general the queues move fairly quickly.
Even when organizing your own visa from home or other countries, it is a local requirement to provide Lambda Vacations with your full passport and visa information prior to entering Cambodia. This is also applicable for the airlines to issue the air-ticket and for the hotels to prepare the check-in procedure.
Please make sure your passport is valid more than 6 months from the date of departure of each country you are visiting. Also, make sure you have enough blank pages – you may need up to 1.5 pages for each country you visit in Southeast Asia.
The following countries are not eligible for visa-on-arrival: Afghanistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Nigeria. For these countries, they must arrange the visa in their home countries before arrival.
Travelers are highly recommended to purchase trip and travel insurance. Trip insurance covers the cost of your trip should you be forced to cancel your trip before you start the trip. Travel insurance covers such costs as emergency and medical evacuation, hospital fees, property loss, etc which could possibly happen during the trip. If you would like Lambda Vacations to have a copy of your travel insurance information in case of emergency, please forward these details to your agent who will in turn forward to our office.
In general, health requirements for Cambodia are little different to most destinations. Please consult your doctor to discuss your particular health or immunization requirements. If you would like to have a source of further information, please refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov
Cambodia’s currency, the Riel (Real), exchanges at a rate of about 4,000 to the US Dollar. However, the US Dollar has become the country’s common currency and Riel notes are used for fractional dollar amounts as U.S. coins are not in circulation. Bring clean bills in small denominations ($1 and $5) for making purchases. Credit cards are widely accepted in most hotels, major restaurants and large shops in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Outside of these they are rarely accepted. Do not accept torn or worn US$ notes as change as you will have problems spending them. Travellers cheques are no longer accepted in Cambodia (the only exception being ANZ Royal Bank branches, but the transaction can be lengthy).
Many banks (open Monday to Friday) issue cash advances for Visa and MasterCard, usually for a small commission. Credit cards are accepted in the cities although ATMs are widely available throughout Cambodia (dispensing USD) and this is the easiest and safest way of accessing money. When traveling to the countryside, VISA card can get you money at ACLEDA Bank, which is in every provincial capital.
Your guide can assist you to purchase a local SIM card and/or hand set at many mobile phone shops. ‘Top up’ credit vouchers are available at most phone shops, particularly ones displaying the network logo. You can place international phone calls and send faxes at most hotels, although hotels often charge extra fees.
Wireless (wi-fi) Internet access is available in most hotels throughout Cambodia and free wifi is available in many restaurants, cafes and bars. Be careful to not save your password or sensitive information on public computer terminals.
Electricity in most of Cambodia is 220V, 50Hz. Electric power sockets generally fit two round pins. Three-pin plug adapters are usually provided by deluxe hotels. In all countries, protect sensitive electronic equipment like laptops from power fluctuations by using a surge-protector.
Since the weather is consistently warm throughout the country, it is advisable to bring comfortable lightweight, loose fitting, cotton clothing and long-sleeved items for protection from mosquitoes and the sun.
During the rainy season, an umbrella and open-toe sandals are recommended. Cambodia is a very casual country and a lightweight jacket may only be needed in the more upmarket hotels and restaurants using excessive air-conditioning. A hat and high-factor sun block is advisable for protection against the hot sun when sightseeing. T-shirts and knee length shorts are acceptable for visiting temples or pagodas, including those of Angkor Wat. Shoes are generally removed at the entrance to pagodas.
For visits to the Silver Pagoda, which is within the Royal Palace grounds, visitors are advised to wear long trousers or long skirts. At the Angkor complex, you’ll be on your feet and walking a lot, sometimes over rough and slippery surfaces, so choose your footwear carefully. The soles of your shoes should offer good traction.
You should bring a money-belt to safely carry your travel documents and cash, and ensure that your luggage has a lock. Bring photocopies of your passport and visa, plus some extra passport-sized photos if you’re applying for on-arrival visas. When flying into or within Cambodia, you will probably be given baggage claim tags (they will be stuck to the back of your ticket). Keep these, as you may need to show them when leaving the airport.
If you have any questions or encounter any problems on the ground, please contact us immediately so we can provide an immediate solution:
Address: 37A, street 4, Binh Tri Dong B, Binh Tan, HCMC, Vietnam
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