Posted By : Threeland Travel / Cambodia Travel Guide
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Visa policy of Cambodia
Same to other countries, there are different kinds and requirements of Visa for Cambodia entry based on how long you plan on staying in Cambodia and where are you from. Almost all nationalities outside of Southeast Asia, it is required to apply for a Cambodia Visa. You have three options of obtaining the visa which are getting a visa at Cambodia Embassy in your country, getting e-visa online, and getting a Visa on Arrival (VoA).
You can optain your visa to Cambodia upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports. For land crossing from Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, visa can be obtained at International Check Point border. Tourists can get their visas prior to their arrival through a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate overseas. They also can get eVisa through online E-Visa before travelling.
If you are coming from these countries, you are required to get visa in advance at Royal Embassy of Kingdom of Cambodia in your country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Nigeria.
It is required for the visa applicants to submit:
1. A passport validity for at least six months from the expiry date.
2. Fill up the application forms
3. One recent passport-style color photograph
and such other documents as determined by the status of stay. Single entry visa fee for tourist for 30 days is USD 30; Airport Tax for Domestic travel is USD 6, for International travel is USD 25.
Flight to Cambodia
For flight to Cambodia, you can reach Cambodia via three international airports which are Pochentong International Airport (PNH) in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap Airport (REP) in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville Airport (KOS) in Sihanoukville.
Three gateways connect Cambodia with major international hubs such as Bangkok, Dubai, Doha, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Many airlines run these routes, including British Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, Eva Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.
Within the Indochina countries, there are direct flights from Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Luang Prabang operated by Cambodia Angkor Air (Cambodia national flag carrier), JC International Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.
Up till now, there are no direct flights to Cambodia from Europe, North America, Australia or South Asia.
From Europe, the most convenient route is via Bangkok (around 11 – 12 hours from London, plus another hour on to Phnom Penh), followed by Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City. Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines offer some of the most competitive fares to Cambodia, with return fares to Phnom Penh vary from EUR 400 – 500 (Paris, London) to about EUR 500 – 600 from other capitals.
From the east coast of North America to Cambodia: it is quickest to travel via Europe. Conversely, from the west coast it may be quicker and cheaper to fly westward via an Asian city such as Seoul or Taipei (the latter has direct connections to Phnom Penh on EVA Air).
"There are daily flights from New York and Los Angeles to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, all of which have onward connections to Phnom Penh. Flight tickets from both the east and west coasts to Phnom Penh start from around USD 500."
Currency in Cambodia
How to pay for shopping and buying things in Cambodia? How much should bring money to Cambodia. Firstly, you should notice though Cambodia Currency is Riel (KHR) but US dollar is widely used, especially, the ATMs even dispense USD, but you might get your change back in Cambodian Riel, and you will often pay more in US dollars compared to the local currency. For today, 1 USD equals 4,000 KHR.
The best way for buying things in Cambodia is by cash. Nowadays, though credit cards are accepted in many places in major cities such as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, you can get trouble when you dont have enough cash on you at some places such as eating on street vendors and buying at local groceries, in rural or non-touristic areas.
1. If you travel to the countryside, the US dollar is not used by the locals, so don’t expect them to have change for you if you don’t have smaller change.
2. If you wish to exchange money, you should take your money to exchange at banks and money exchangers at the airport or in the city center. Especially, if you do currency exchanges at banks, they do not charge a transaction fee so you walk out with the daily exchange rate.
3. ATMs will charge a foreign transaction fee plus an ATM fee depending on who owns the actual ATM. Therefore, you shoul travel with a Debit card that reimburses transaction fees, and with a Credit card as well to pay for large expenses at hotel chains, airline tickets, tour agencies, private transfers or stores in shopping malls.
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