ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (BORDERS & VISA)All foreign nationals (visa exemption for Laos, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore) entering Cambodia are required to have a visa which is issued on arrival at Pochentong International Airport in Phnom Penh and at Siem Reap Angkor International Airport. A passport with at least 6 month validity and one (1) passport photo is required. The tourist visa is valid for one (1) month (30 days). The price for a tourist visa on arrival is US$ 20 (forms are distributed at the airport/border or in the airplane). For arrivals overland, tourist visas are issued at the following borders:
Poipet, Krong Koh Kong, O Smach, Psah Prom (Pailin)
Bavet, Phnom Den
Prior to your trip to Cambodia, it is the easiest way to apply for an evisa online to avoid long waiting lines at the visa booth. Please visit the following link to apply and to find the latest information about the possible entry points to Cambodia:
AIRPORTS & TAXES
For international departures out of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, a departure tax of US$ 25 for adults and US$ 13 for children (2-12) has to be paid on spot. For domestic flights the departure tax is US$ 6.
For an overview over the airlines serving the airports of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, please visit "Getting there".
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS
The local currency is the Cambodian Riel. However, US$ are widely accepted and easily exchanged across the country. In larger cities and towns, most goods and services are priced in dollars and there is little need to buy riel as it is used for change below 1 dollar. In more remote areas, prices are quoted in riel (except for accommodation). In western districts, particularly Poipet, Pailin and Koh Kong the Thai Baht is widely used. Traveler's cheques in US$ can be changed at most banks in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as well as in all major tourist destinations. Credit cards are well accepted in all mayor tourist destinations. Although, it is advisable to carry some US$ in cash (in small denominations). ATMs can now be found throughout the country. Almost all of them dispense in US dollars.
Exchange rate (end of 2009): 1 US$ = 4200 Riel
Electric plug details:
European plug with two circular metal pins
Japanese plug with two parallel flat blades
There are no coin operated phones in Cambodia (Cambodian currency has no coins). In Phnom Penh, though, there are card phones situated throughout the city. The required cards are available at many outlets. There are also several mobile phone systems.
Many travelagencies offer Oversea-Calls.
- Country Code: +855
Good hospitals are now available in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Private doctors and pharmacies are available in most cities. Most major tourist destinations, such as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, are free of Malaria. However, for the evenings it is recommended to wear long sleeve shirts and long pants and to apply insect repellant to prevent from mosquito bites. The key viral disease is the Dengue Fever, which is transmitted by mosquitoes which bite during the day unlike the malaria mosquitoes.
Cambodia's tropical climate is affected by the monsoon. The cool, dry north-east Monsoon which brings little rain is from November to March. During the rain season from May to October, the south-west Monsoon brings heavy rain and humidity. However, the rain is limited to one or two downpours a day and is great refreshment.
Lightweight, loose-fitting cotton clothing is recommended and long-sleeved items should be included for protection from mosquitoes and the sun. During the rain season an umbrella is more convenient than a rain coast. A jacket may be needed in hotels and restaurants using excessive air-conditioning.
FOOD & DRINKS
The Khmer cuisine is closely related to other Asian countries, but not very spicy. The typical Khmer dishes are rice, fish, curries and soups with beef, pork, poultry and tasty sauces. Western style food is provided widely in the major cities. Also other Asian dishes are available (Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese). Please do not drink tap water. Purified bottled water is available everywhere. Soft drinks are also widely sold as well as locally brewed and imported beers.
GENERAL TRAVEL ADVICE
For visiting temples or pagodas, shorts (which cover the knees) and T-shirts are acceptable. However, for visiting the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace, visitors are asked to dress more formally.