Visa to Cambodia, customs regulations
For travel in Cambodia the citizens of Russia and CIS countries require a visa. Visas are also required for transit travel through Cambodia.
There are several ways of obtaining a visa: a visa in advance at the Embassy of Cambodia in Moscow; visa on arrival; obtaining the electronic visa (E-Visa). Which method suits you better, you choose.
The period of stay on a tourist visa is 30 days. To extend the stay for another 30 days you have the option to do it directly in Cambodia. It is necessary to contact the local office of the Immigration service and pay a fee of $45.
If you stayed more under your visa period, you will have to pay $5 for each day of delay.
For tourist purposes while visiting Cambodia, the best option is visa on arrival or e-visa. The advantage of electronic visas is that its design will save a whole page in the passport is free (Cambodian visa on arrival is a whole page of the passport).
Visa to Cambodia at the Embassy
To obtain a tourist visa in advance at the Embassy you need to provide the consular Department of the Embassy of Cambodia in Moscow the following documents:
- a passport, valid for at least another six months.
- three passport-size photographs (taken not earlier than 6 months from the date of filing);
- completed application form in Russian or English (issued by the Consulate).
The processing time is usually one day. The period of stay indicated in the visa itself (usually is 30 days).
The fee is $30, paid in rubles directly at the Consulate when applying. In case of refusal visa fee is not refundable.
For a visa should contact the Embassy of Cambodia in Moscow. Documents acceptance is carried out from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 13.00, issue of ready visas - from 14.00 to 17.00.
Visa to Cambodia on arrival
Tourist visa to Cambodia for a period of 30 days for citizens of the CIS can be issued upon arrival at airports of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap or on most land and water border crossings with neighboring countries Thailand, Laos and Vietnam (see map of Cambodia's border crossings). During travel planning from Vietnam and Laos to Cambodia crossing the unpopular tourist border crossings, check on the possibility of obtaining a visa on arrival, as not every transition is possible.
For visa must submit the following documents:
- passport valid for at least another six months.
- one photograph passport size;
- in the absence of photos it is necessary to pay a "fine" of $1-$3. Paying a "fine", you without any problems get a visa and continue the path.
Also be sure to check that you have unpaid fines and other debts, otherwise you can not release at the border from Russia.
There is also an official rule that you have the right to refuse to issue a visa: if you don't have enough funds for the duration of stay and/or return tickets. However, compliance with this rule is never checked, and even if such problem occurs, it is easy to solve using the "fine" of a few dollars.
The application fee is $30 and must be paid in dollars.
Visa takes no more than 5-20 minutes, depending on the number of tourists.
At international airports you can get a "business visa" for a longer period of stay (from 3 to 12 months). In this case the visa fee is from $35 to $285 (depending on length of stay).
When crossing the border on a tourist or international bus or boat on the water you can not worry about the visa procedure: first, these buses always follow through border crossings, where you can obtain a visa on arrival; and second, in the bus or boat there are usually people offering their services on registration for a fee of $2-$5. Of course, you can do it yourself, and you can just give him a passport, photos and $30 + reward, and he will do everything for you and then tell you where to go and what to do next. Any problems with this method of obtaining a visa has not been noticed, all legally and without surprises.
Attention! Sometimes the representatives of the border service under the visa required to present a medical card, which is illegal. There is information that the land borders in the absence of medical records be given some tablets require 200 Riel. Depending on the situation requirements, you can either ignore it, or, if the demands of the guards begin to go beyond the correct, to pay a small amount (usually no more than $5-10) as a "penalty" in the hands of the customs officer.
Attention! A specific situation arises in obtaining a visa at the border crossing from Aranyaprathet (Thailand) to Poipet (Cambodia). This is the most popular transition to get from Thailand to Siem reap.
Near the border crossing operates a network of fraudsters, in which, apparently, involves officials of the border crossing, the local tuk-tuks (which picks up tourists from the bus terminal and other places and deliver to the alleged border crossing), and many more who. They offer to apply for a visa to Cambodia at the office that are issued for the border crossing, creating there the appropriate business environment. The cost of visa in this office averages $ 60 (in August 2012). Despite the fact that the visa is not present, due to the fact that the results of involved officials, tourists who received it, usually reach for it in Cambodia, overpaying $ 40 from the actual cost at the border.
Fraudulent office is different from the border crossing with the cleanliness and friendliness of the staff. In this passage, you first must go through the Thai side and get stamped on exiting Thailand and then get to the place in which a real visa is issued for 30 dollars.
But that's not all. The border guards sometimes ask for the visa in the amount of 1,500 baht or $ 40, which is also a divorce. Refuse to pay for the visa at an inflated price and stand your ground, paying only $ 30.
Receive e-visa to Cambodia via the Internet
Possible visa to Cambodia online on the website of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Cambodia. With electronic visas it is possible to travel through most border crossings, but not all. Sure it is possible to travel through:
- international airport Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh International Airport);
- international airport Siem Reap (Siem Reap International Airport);
- land border crossing, Yam Cham (Cham Yeam (Koh Kong) border with Thailand (when you drive in Sihanoukville);
- land border crossing of Poipet (Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey), the border with Thailand;
- land border crossing Bavet (Bavet (Svay Rieng), the border with Vietnam;
This list may change, please check for a visa on the website of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Cambodia. See also our map of Cambodia with the marked border crossings.
To obtain an electronic visa, you must fill out a form on the website of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Cambodia online. The questionnaire should be filled in English only.
The application should attach a scanned colour passport photo (JPEG or PNG). The applicant's passport, applying for visa online must act at least six months at the time of entry into the country. In the case of a positive decision the applicant on the specified e-mail address will be sent a confirmation which must be presented at passport control.
The cost of visa is $30 + $7 service fee, i.e. a total of $ 35. Payment is made through international plastic cards VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover.
The visa processing time is three working days. The validity of the visa or three months from the date of issue, period of stay in the country is 1 month.
Addresses and phone numbers of embassies of the Russian Federation and Cambodia
The Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia in the Russian Federation
Address: 119002, Moscow, Starokonyushenny lane., 16
Phone: (495) 637-4736
Fax: (495) 956-6573
Consular section Tel: 201-47-36.
The Russian Embassy in Cambodia
Address: Phnom Penh Boulevard Sothearos, 213 (213, Samdech Sothearos Blvd., Phnom Penh).
Fax: (855-23) 216-776
Opening hours: Monday, Thursday 08.00 - 12.00 15.00 - 18.30, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 08.00 - 12.00 15.00 - 18.00.
Address: Phnom Penh Boulevard Sothearos, 213 (213, Samdech Sothearos Blvd., Phnom Penh).
Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 - 12:00.
Camera commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Cambodia
Trading Advisor: Volinsky Eugene S.
Address: Phnom Penh, street Sothearos, 81
Tel: (855-23) 360-510
Fax: (855-23) 217-880
Opening hours: Monday, Thursday 08.00 - 12.00 15.00 - 18.30, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 08.00 - 12.00 15.00 - 18.00
Customs regulations Cambodia
The import of foreign currency: Import and export of local currency is prohibited. Of course a few coins and bills as Souvenirs you can take out, none of it won't keep you. Foreign currency may be exported within the limits stated in the customs Declaration on arrival. The amount above $10,000 should be declared. For the export of amounts above $10,000 requires the permission of the national Bank of Cambodia.
Allowed duty-free: duty-free import 200 cigarettes or equivalent quantity of cigar or of tobacco, 1 open bottle of spirits reasonable amount of perfume, and things household items within personal needs.
It is forbidden to import and export: Prohibited the importation of arms, ammunition, drugs, toxic substances, audio and video, "detrimental to public order and spiritual traditions of the country." Prohibited the export of antiquities, Antiques and ancient works of art, the national treasure of precious metals and stones in commercial quantities, as well as wild animals and scarecrows.