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Visa Requirements for Cambodian Citizens

Visa requirements for Cambodian citizens are all applicable rules and conditions that travelers from Cambodia must meet when crossing the border.
Each country sets its own rules and determines in advance who does and does not need a visa on arrival.
 
Additionally, there are different types of required visas depending on how they are obtained, the length of stay authorized for their use, or the type of travel permitted for their holders.
 
Visa requirements depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to nationality or the passport used to cross the border or the country of destination.
 
Cambodian citizens must now manage a traditional embassy visa upon arrival in over 120 countries, apply for an online e-visa before arrival in over 30 countries, manage a visa at the border upon arrival at over 30 destinations, and Only visa-free access to 20 countries.
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Embassy visa is one of the most difficult documents to obtain.
This requires complex paperwork and long waiting times, leading to an increasing number of visa refusals by the embassy.
 
On the other hand, an e-visa is an official document, like an embassy visa, that allows the visa holder to go abroad and stay there for a specified period of time, usually between 30 and 90 days, but is obtained entirely online.
 
The third type of visa for Cambodian passport holders is visa on arrival.
As the name suggests, VoA can be obtained upon arrival at any entry border control point.
This type of visa often results in long lines, stress, and uncertainty about obtaining the necessary visa at the last minute.
 
Finally, Cambodian citizens can enjoy visa-free access to 20 destinations, including Brunei, Dominica and Myanmar, among many others.
 
More information about each visa type, requirements, permitted activities, reasons for travel and maximum length of stay is available below.

Electronic visa

An e-visa or online visa is an electronic visa that works just like a regular embassy visa but is much easier to apply for.
The entire application process takes place online and ends with approved documents being sent to the applicant via email.

List of countries that offer eVisas for Cambodian citizens

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • The Ascension Island
  • Benin
  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Iran
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Myanmar
  • Pakistan
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Helena
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
35 destinations allow Cambodian citizens to apply for a visa online in the form of an eVisa.
When visiting any of the countries listed above from Cambodia, you can apply for the necessary visa online.
 
The e-visa is perfect for all short-term stays related to leisure, business or transit.
Typically, the maximum stay allowed with an eVisa varies from 30 to 90 days.
However, the exact duration of the visit is determined by the country the Cambodian citizen plans to visit.
eVisa holders can enjoy all travel related to tourism, business and public transport, including going on vacation, attending business conferences or trade shows or simply making a stopover while arriving at another destination.

Visa on Arrival

A visa on arrival is a type of visa that allows its holder to enter the chosen country for a short period of time.
You can receive your VoA upon arrival after completing and submitting your application.

List of countries that offer Visas on Arrival for Cambodian citizens

  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Egypt*
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Kenya
  • Macao
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • The Maldives
  • The Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Lucia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
33 destinations offer visa on arrival for all Cambodian citizens.
Visiting any of the destinations listed above does not require any visa application prior to your intended trip.
 
Visa on arrival can be issued upon arrival at the selected destination.
Applicants should first check if there are any supporting documents that need to be prepared before leaving.
 
If so, you must prepare before arriving.
Then, with all documents in hand, one must go to the nearest port of entry and request the VoA application form.
Forms must be filled out carefully, avoiding any errors in the data provided.
 
Sometimes district authorities require visitors to pay a VoA issuance fee; however, this is not always required.
The final step is simply waiting for approval.
With VoA in hand, Cambodian passport holders can engage in any tourism, business or transit-related activities.
The most important point to note when talking about visa on arrival is the fact that many countries that offer access to VoA also offer electronic visas.

Why using eVisas would be better than getting a regular visa?

E-visas are issued before arrival but make things much easier for travelers and here's why:
  • With an approved eVisa in hand, travelers are fully prepared to cross the border, which in practice means no queuing at border entry points.
  • Electronic visas also reduce the stress caused by uncertainty in processing needed documents at the last minute.
  • The eVisa can be obtained entirely online. Completing the registration process takes just a few minutes and can be done entirely at home!

Embassy visa

An embassy visa is an official document issued by an embassy that allows the visa holder to enter and stay abroad for short or long periods of time.
There are many types of embassy visas, each corresponding to the purpose of the visit or the intended period of stay abroad.

List of countries that require an Embassy visa from Cambodian citizens

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • The Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • The Republic of the Congo
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • The Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Nauru
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • The Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen
125 countries, all listed above, still require Cambodian citizens to present a valid visa issued by their embassy upon arrival.
 
If you are visiting any of the destinations listed above, it is essential to apply for an embassy visa first.
Currently, the process of applying for a regular visa may be different from the process of applying for an electronic visa or visa at the border.
 
This requires more preparation efforts, including the collection of other officially issued documents.
Each candidate should first do their research and check the specific requirements of the country they plan to visit.
Next, it’s time to prepare the necessary documents, make sure they are all valid, and fill out the application form.
As always, no matter which visa a Cambodian citizen plans to apply for, filling out the form is the most important part.
You should check for any errors or possible errors in the form before submitting further.
 
Next steps may include a visa interview or simply paying the fee and waiting for approval.
Traditional visas can be processed even weeks after application.
Therefore, another important point of the application is to submit it to the embassy in advance, at least a few weeks before departure.
 
Although more difficult to obtain, traditional visas can also be used for long-term travel, even those related to work, study, and even living abroad.
It is best to check the general visa types offered by each country to find out all available options.

Visa-free countries

20 countries welcome Cambodian passport holders without a visa.
Visiting any of these destinations does not require any visa procedures, either before the planned trip or upon arrival.
  • Brunei
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • Gambia
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Micronesia
  • Myanmar
  • Niue
  • Panama
  • Palestine
  • The Philippines
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • The Turkish Republic of the Northern Cyprus
  • Vietnam
Visa-free travels resemble those of Visa on Arrival or eVisa, i.e., usually short-term relating to leisure, professional, or transit reasons.
 
Cambodian nationals can visit any of the above destinations for short leisure trips, to attend business meetings, conferences, seminars, or simply as a stopover on their way to another final destination.
 
Visa-free travel is easy and usually requires no preparation, although some countries require supporting documentation to confirm the purpose of your planned trip.
This may include proof of a hotel reservation, proof of sufficient travel funds, a round-trip ticket, or a valid passport.

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