Visa & Passports
If you are visiting Cambodia during your travels, then your Cambodian visa will be issued when you arrive at any of the international airports or at the border crossing. There is no letter of authorisation required in advance. You will need to provide two passport photos and the cost is US$35.
Your visa can be arranged on arrival at the land borders with Thailand or Vietnam, or on arrival at the main international airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. If you’re entering Cambodia from Laos overland, you can get a visa on arrival, but if you’re arriving by boat, you MUST sort it out in advance. Applications can be made through the Royal Cambodian Embassy in London and you can check the Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for up-to-date details.
As an alternative, and in order to offer a useful service to our customers, we’ve teamed up with The Visa Machine – a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, taking the hassle out of the visa application process.
Riel is Cambodia’s local currency, though it’s not widely used by tourists as most things are quoted in US Dollars, so it’s worth bringing some Dollars with you. It’s still handy to have some local currency for tips and small purchases in rural areas and you can exchange Dollars for Riel once you’re there.
Credit and Debit Cards
Debit cards can be used at most locations (as long as they have Cirrus, Maestro or Visa logos) and there are ATM’s in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, at airports and in banks in the city centres. It’s a little more tricky to get cash from ATM’s beyond these two large cities and credit cards aren’t widely accepted and you can expect to pay a commission for using them. US Dollar Traveller’s Cheques can be changed at most banks and exchange offices.
Tips and Haggling
It is not customary to give tips in Cambodia. However as most people’s salaries are very low, tips are obviously appreciated. Tipping is becoming more and more common for those working in the tourist industry in Cambodia. Salaries for local guides and drivers are often partially determined based on the fact that they also receive tips. A tip totalling 5% -10% of the total bill is standard. Obviously this is very much a rough guide and you are completely free to give whatever you feel is appropriate.