Cambodia Tourist Visa Guide for Indians

If you have an eye for old world charm and ecology then the Kingdom of Cambodia is the suitable place for you as it is home to mesmerizing temples, exotic wildlife, ancient cultures, and monuments. Once known as the Khmer Empire, Cambodia is magical, charming and yet confounding. The largest religious monument in the world,  the stunning temples of Angkor are the obvious draw for most tourists but the country has much else to offer in the form of gorgeous beaches on the coastline of Sihanoukville Province, colonial buildings in Phnom Penh and an abundance of natural attractions spread all over. There’s a magic about this charming kingdom that casts a spell on visitors for sure. Planning to visit this magical country in order to marvel at top Cambodia attractions? Of course, your travel plan is incomplete unless you have a visa to Cambodia.

If you don’t know much about Cambodia Visa and how to get one for you, then search here as has put together a list of things you must do to get a tourist visa for Cambodia as an Indian.

Cambodia Visa

Indian citizens, who want to visit the Kingdom of Cambodia for tourist purpose, need a visa in order to get a legal entry in the country. As of 26th March 2019, about 60 countries and territories offer visa-free or Visa on Arrival access for Indian nationals. Luckily, Cambodia is one among them which offers Visa on Arrival and e-Visa facility for Indians. Cambodia does grant Visa on Arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport and Siem Reap International Airport. If you’re crossing from Thailand, you can get your visa at Poipet Banteay Meanchey and Cham Yeam Check-Points while those who are coming from Vietnam through Bavet should obtain their visas before arriving through a Cambodian Embassy or an overseas Consulate.

Visa Types & Requirements

There are three ways by which Indian can get a Tourist Visa to The Kingdom of Cambodia. 1

1.Visa on Arrival

Indian passport holders who are visiting Cambodia for Tourism purpose can avail the Visa on Arrival after landing in Cambodia. It is ideal for Indian tourists who wish to explore the country within 30 days as part of Cambodia Packages. One can get a Cambodia Visa on Arrival at the visa counters in Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport and Sihanoukville International Airport by providing a valid passport and other relevant documents. It costs about USD 30 which can be paid by cash (better to carry cash as there are no ATMs in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh Airports).  If you’re coming here by road, the Cambodia-Thailand Border and Cambodia-Laos Border offer checkpoints for your visa collection while those who are coming from Vietnam through Bavet should obtain their visas before arriving through a Cambodian Embassy or an overseas Consulate.

The Cambodia Visa on Arrival is valid for 3 months from the date of issue, but the duration of stay is restricted to 30 days for a single entry. Depending on the passenger traffic, the process can take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour.  If an applicant would like to stay more than 30 days, he/she can request for an extension of visa directly at the Immigration Counter outside Phnom Penh International Airport by paying an additional amount of USD 25. This visa can be extended only once for another 30 days.

Here is the list of documents required for Visa on Arrival

  • Indian Passport with at least six months validity on the date of entry into Cambodia
  • Two recently taken 4 x 6 cm photograph on a white background
  • Duly filled and signed the visa application form
  • USD 30 Visa fee in cash
  • Confirmed Return Flight Ticket. If you intend to return by road, do carry a covering letter mentioning the same with a valid visa for the next country, which can be Vietnam or Thailand.
  • Confirmed Hotel booking or accommodation
  • Bank / Credit Card statements or at least USD 500 in cash as a proof of sufficient funds for 15 days.

2. Electronic Visa or e-Visa

This is by far the best way to get a Cambodia Visa for Indian Tourists. Effective since 2016, the e-Visa is a document that granted online through the web-based visa system. This type of visa is issued only for Short Visits to Cambodia for tourism, casual visits, short duration medical treatment, or short business visit. It can be applied online before you travel to Cambodia by visiting the official embassy or consulate website, register an account, fill up the visa form with appropriate details, upload a face shot of yourself (either JPG or PNG) and make the necessary payment of USD 36 with a valid credit card. Once your e-Visa is approved and you receive it on your email address, take a print of it. It takes a maximum of three days, but many applicants get their approved visa within 24 hours.

Upon arrival, e-Visa holders fill in an entry/exit card and submit it to the immigration officer along with the valid passport and printout of e-Visa at the airport. The Cambodian e-Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue, but the duration of stay is restricted to 30 days for a single entry. It can be extended once by 30 more days at the Cambodian National Police Immigration Department, Phnom Penh. Also, the good part about the e-Visa is that even if your trip gets postponed by a bit, you can always change the date of arrival and departure as long as it is within the validity of the e-Visa and lesser than 30 days.

Here is the list of documents needed for e-Visa

  • A scanned copy of the passport that is valid for 6 months from the planned date of arrival in Cambodia
  • A scanned or digital format of your photo, which must be less than 1 MB. Acceptable image formats are BMP, PNG, or JPEG
  • A credit card to pay the visa fee online.

The e-Visa holders can enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport, Sihanoukville Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, two Thailand border crossings – Cham Yeam (Koh Kong) and Poi Pet (the nearest overland crossing from Bangkok, across from Aranyaprathet), one Vietnam border crossing – Bavet (Moc Bai), located in the midpoint between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and one Laos border crossing – Tropaeng Kreal Border Post (Stung Treng).

3. Visa in Advance

Besides Visa on Arrival and e-Visa, Indian Tourists can get their visas prior to their journey by applying at the Royal Embassy of Cambodia located in New Delhi, India. Since the first two options are the easiest, we would recommend you go with one of those.