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2022
Visa, Flight and Currency – Must-read guides for Indian citizens before holidays to Cambodia
Posted By : Threeland Travel / Travel Guide For Indian

If you are an Indian citizen who wants to travel to Cambodia, this straightforward guide is for you. Everything from getting a Cambodia visa, the currency to all flights from India to its major cities will be covered. Having knowledge about a destination you are planning to visit is very important, and we will offer you needed information for your upcoming trouble-free Cambodia tours.

Visa to Cambodia

Visa policy of Cambodia

VISA TO CAMBODIA

There are a variety of visas based on how long you plan on staying in the country and your country of origin. For Indian citizens, yes, 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 India, getting e-visa online, and getting a Visa on Arrival (VoA).

Getting a visa at the Cambodia Embassy in India: the most traditional way to apply for a Cambodia visa. You have to visit a physical Embassy of Cambodia, summit the papers then wait for acceptance which usually takes a few business days. You are required to bring your original passport with minimum validity of 6 months, completed application form, passport-sized photos and a visa fee. Take them to this following address:

Embassy of Cambodia in New Delhi
Address: W-112 Greater Kailash Part II 110048, New Delhi, India 
Tel: (+91) 11 2921 4436 
Fax: (+91) 11 2921 4438
Email: camemb.ind@mfaic.gov.kh

Having the visa sticker, you can head straight to the all passport line when you arrive at the airport in Cambodia and stamping is done at no additional cost.

Getting e-visa online: Since April 2016, Indian passport holders can obtain their visa online to travel to Cambodia for a maximum stay of 30 days and single entry. All you need to do is to fill out the necessary requirements online and wait for the approval. You need to print this out and keep a physical copy on you. The fee depends on the processing time you choose and it can be taken straight to the all passport line upon arrival. Similar to the physical visa, they will process it at the airport at no additional cost.

Getting a Visa on Arrival: Once arriving in Cambodia, you just need to bring a passport-sized photo and pay a visa fee of USD 30 per person for a single entry visa. You may have to wait in a separate boarding area while they process and stamp your passport. 

Angkor tour in Cambodia

FLIGHT TO CAMBODIA FROM INDIA

Cambodia is accessible through two major airports in the country – Pochentong International Airport in Phnom Penh and Angkor International Airport in Siem Reap. The Sihanoukville Airport only operates regular flights to other countries in close proximity. Although up to now there are no direct flights to these destinations from India, you can catch a connecting flight from any of the major Indian cities towards Cambodia via Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok. Air tickets vary between INR 20,000 to INR 40,000, depending upon how early you book, the preferred carrier, and the season you are travelling in. Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and low-cost carrier Air Asia operate on this route. 

Or if you want to visit Indochina altogether, fly non-stop to Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam from Delhi/Kolkata, then take a flight later to Cambodia. There are various flights between main tourist hubs of the two neighboring countries.

Cambodia Currency

CASH

The next thing you might wonder is how to pay for things in Cambodia and how much should you bring. The Currency of Cambodia is Cambodian Riel (KHR) but US dollars are widely used. As of today, 1 INR equals 54 KHR and 1 USD equals 4,000 KHR. 

The best way to pay for things in Cambodia nowadays is still cash. While credit cards are accepted in many places in major cities such as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, you will still have trouble getting around without enough cash in hand, for example eating from street vendors or buying at local groceries. In rural or non-touristic areas, it is extremely difficult to pay for goods and services by card.

Old market in Cambodia

Hence, it is better to prepare a decent amount of cash to bring with you during your Cambodia tour. US dollars are accepted almost everywhere in Cambodia, and the ATMs even dispense USD, so it is the most commonly used currency in Cambodia among tourists. However, you might get your change back in Cambodian Riel, and you will often pay more in US dollars compared to the local currency. In short, you will get the best rate when paying in Cambodian Riel, but it is easiest to use US dollars because otherwise, you would have to exchange money into the Cambodian Riel. Also, 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 notes.

Nighlife in Cambodia

In case you want to exchange your money, the best way is to take USD or Euros with you to exchange at banks and money exchangers at the airport or in the city as needed.  Most currency exchanges at banks do not charge a transaction fee to exchange, so you walk out with the daily exchange rate. If you run out of cash, you can always use ATMs to get more. Be aware that ATMs will charge a foreign transaction fee plus an ATM fee depending on who owns the actual ATM. The solution for this is travelling with a Debit card that reimburses transaction fees, and bringing a Credit card as well to pay for large expenses at hotel chains and airlines, tour agencies, private transfers or stores in shopping malls.  

Travelling to Cambodia is fun and worry-free, so follow our blog for more useful guides and tips of Cambodia tours exclusively for Indian travel-enthusiasts!

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