Cambodia visa for Indians

Cambodia visa for Indians (and anyone else)

We visited Cambodia in October 2013. On the way in, we flew from Bangkok to Siem Reap.

Cambodia provides visa on arrival to Indians and most other nationalities. You need to pay $20 on arrival to get a visa that is valid for 3 months and allows 30 days of stay within the country.

Beware that if you are entering Cambodia by bus from Thailand, sometimes there are agents that will try to rip you off. They will make up any story to get your money off you. In this case, it’s always better to get an e-Visa from Cambodia beforehand. You can apply for an e-Visa directly with the Cambodian government. It costs $5 extra (so a total of $25) but you will have a legit visa that can me used at many Cambodian border crossings without issues. The whole process takes 2-3 business days so make sure you apply in advance. If you didn’t manage to apply, you can still get visa on arrival at the Cambodian border but be sure to dodge any agents that come after you!

After landing at Siem Reap's airport

After landing at Siem Reap's airport


The visa process on arrival at Siem Reap airport is pretty straightforward. There is *no* ATM in the arrivals hall so if you aren’t carrying USD 20 for your visa application, you will be escorted outside to use an ATM but this will cause delays. It’s best to carry some USD with you when you arrive at the airport.

Upon arrival, we stood in line and filled the visa application form. It required one photograph and some details about our stay in Cambodia (hotel address, etc.).

Then, we waited in line to reach the visa counter. The visa officer accepted our application, stapled the photograph to our form, took our money, and asked us to wait for our turn. The passport and visa application move through several counters and eventually the folks at the last counter will call out your name.

The entire process took about 20 minutes. They called out our name and we collected our passports.

Pretty simple!

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  • Rosemarie Says

    Sounds pretty simple, will definitely tell my husband about this! He holds an Indian passport. Just one question, do they take a whole page to stampl the visa on arrival in the passport like they do in Thailand?

  • Madagascar Says

    Thanks for this tip. I’ve never been to Cambodia but one day if I go there, I won’t forget your tip on the e-visa.

  • Pranav Lokin Says

    Any help for a Vietnam Visa for an Indian?

  • Balaji Says

    hi bro, any tips to get the cheapest way to reach cambodia from india. I will be travelling in the coming september.And which one is preferable visa on arrival or E visa.

    • Ashray Says

      Getting an E Visa beforehand is better. The cheapest way is perhaps to fly through Thailand and connect to your onward flight to Cambodia.

      • Celia Says

        Your tips are informative. However, am still doubting if it is better to have a visa before the journey if it’s a family? If possible, perhaps you could guide me on good stays in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. We are planning to travel in March 2017.

  • danis Says

    Do youllike Cambodia ? how many days did you spend there ?

  • Ashrith Says

    Hi We will be travelling to Siem Reap through Bangkok. Planning to take a Visa-on Arrival at the airport. Wanted to know if a return/onward ticket would be required.

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