Entry Requirements - Visas
Visas for Cambodia can be obtained on arrival. Two passport photographs are required. A business visa costs US $25 for one month and can be renewed indefinitely. A tourist visa costs US $20 for one month and can be extended for only one extra month. The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs operates an electronic visa ("e-Visa") facility for tourist visas only. The e-Visa costs US $20. e-Visa can only be used at the main entry crossings with the immigration IT system. Applications should be made through the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website, where full terms and conditions are also listed, with information on which border entry points accept the e-Visa.
Tourist visas issued by a Royal Cambodian Embassy abroad may appear to have a longer validity than one month. Their validity refers to time to enter Cambodia. The visa is valid for 30 days from the actual date of entry into Cambodia. Make sure your passport is stamped on arrival, whether entering through an airport or land crossing. Overstaying either business or tourist visas without the proper authority is a serious matter and you can be held in detention until a fine is paid ($5 per day for the first 30 days, followed by $6 thereafter). Travellers have been imprisoned and deported at their own expense for overstaying.
If you have any queries about visas or entry requirements, check with the The Royal Cambodian Embassy.
Things to do in Phnom Penh
Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
Tuol Sleng Museum
Since King Norodom is still in residence at Phnom Penh’s royal palace, it is rarely open to the public. However you can go and see the Silver Pagoda and some of the surrounding ceremonial buildings. You can even get guides to walk you around the Silver Pagoda while explaining its history and origins. The Silver Pagoda got its name because it’s floor is covered with in excess of 5,000 silver tiles weighing 1 kilogram each. The interior is decorated in many priceless jewels and gold, and really is a sight to behold. This is one thing not to be missed.
This museum was originally a high school in 1960 until it was taken over in 1975 by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a torture and interrogation centre. Most people held at this prison were eventually executed. Evidence has shown that over 17,000 people had been imprisoned there between 1975 and 1978, and out of these 17,000 only 7 are known to have survived. It was converted into a museum in 1979 after the Vietnamese invasion. It now houses photographic records of the victims of this torturous place. A very moving experience.