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Travel tips for Cambodia

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (visa/passport)
 
Passport
All visitors to Cambodia must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the time of entry into Cambodia and contain at least one blank page for a visa stamp.
 
Visas
You can get a visa on arrival at the Cambodian border. You’ll need to bring two passport photographs with you. A tourist visa costs US $30 (with an additional $7 processing fee) for one month and can be extended for only one extra month. Payment for visas is accepted in US dollars only. For business visas, we recommend that you contact the nearest Cambodian Embassy before travelling.
 
E-Visas
The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs operates an electronic visa (e-Visa) facility for tourist visas only. The e-Visa costs US $20 and can only be used at the main entry crossings with the immigration IT system. You can apply for your e-Visa online to the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where full terms and conditions are also listed, with information on which border entry points accept the e-Visa.
 
Validity
Tourist visas issued by a Royal Cambodian Embassy abroad may appear to have a longer validity than one month. Their validity refers to time to enter Cambodia. The visa is valid for 30 days from the actual date of entry into Cambodia. Make sure your passport is stamped on arrival, whether entering through an airport or land crossing.
Overstaying either business or tourist visas without the proper authority is a serious matter and you can be held in detention until a fine is paid ($5 per day for the first 30 days, followed by $6 thereafter). Travellers have been imprisoned and deported at their own expense for overstaying. Please note that there is no upper limit on the amount of the fine that can be imposed and travellers who have overstayed have often been required to pay upwards of $1000 USD upon departure.
If you have any queries about visas or entry requirements, check with the The Royal Cambodian Embassy.
 
Health
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Cambodia.
 
Medical facilities
The standard of health care in Cambodia is sufficient for treating minor injuries in the major cities but if you need more complicated treatment you may need to be evacuated to another country. This may be expensive, so please ensure that you have reliable travel insurance that will cover medical evacuation if required.
 
Avian influenza
There have been outbreaks of avian influenza (bird flu) in Cambodia and a number of human infections and fatalities (believed to have arisen through close contact with infected poultry) have been reported.   
The risk from avian influenza is believed to be low, as long as you take certain precautions. Avoid visiting live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where you may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds and make sure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked. 
 
Dengue fever
Cases of dengue fever are showing a steady increase and it’s common in both rural and urban areas of Cambodia (including Phnom Penh). When you arrive, avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, especially just after dawn and before dusk, by using bed nets and repellents, and wearing closed shoes, long sleeves and trousers.
 
Other diseases
Malaria and Japanese encephalitis occur in rural areas of Cambodia and are transmitted by mosquitoes. Your doctor will advise as to appropriate prophylactic measures or vaccines, depending on the length of your stay and the areas you intend to visit. Before travelling, get up-to-date medical advice as to whether you will need anti-malarial medication.
 
Money
The local currency is the Cambodian Riel and US Dollars are widely accepted and used for most transactions. You can also use the Thai Baht in border areas with Thailand.
 
ATMs
ATMs are not widely available outside the major cities and tourist areas and some ATMs may not accept international cards. 
 
Credit cards
Credit cards are accepted in some hotels and by some businesses in larger cities, but outside the main centres you may find that cash is the only acceptable currency.
 
Travellers’ cheques
You can cash travellers’ cheques in many banks and bureaux de change.
 
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