Home to many iconic temples and some of the nicest people you will meet anywhere in the world, the country of Cambodia is a popular stop for travelers visiting Southeast Asia. If you have plans to visit Cambodia in the near future, you will need to be aware of the Cambodia entrance requirements before planning your travel. If you do not meet the passport, VISA, or immunization requirements, you could be denied entry into the country. I would not leave this planning to the last minute as you may be left without enough time to rectify any issues.
To assist you in making sure you meet the necessary entrance requirements for Cambodia, I have provided an outline of all the entrance requirements in this article. Furthermore, I also created a handy checklist that I linked to below that you can use to track the requirements as you meet them.
Cambodia Passport Requirements
One of the most important of the Cambodia entrance requirements that you will need to consider when planning your trip is the country’s passport requirements. In order to be allowed into Cambodia, not only will your passport need to be valid, but it will need to be valid for at least 6 months after your date of arrival. So, if your passport is set to expire within 6-months of your arrival date, you will need to renew your passport before you travel to Cambodia.
|Passport Validity||Blank Pages Required|
|At least 6-months beyond arrival date.||One page is required per entry stamp; please note endorsement pages are not considered blank passport pages.|
Cambodia VISA Requirements
Depending on your nationality, you may be required to obtain a VISA in order to enter Cambodia. If you are a citizen of a VISA-exempt country, you are allowed to enter Cambodia without a VISA for a period of 14-90 days (depending on the country). If you would like to stay in the country longer, you will need to apply for a tourist VISA.
If you aren’t a citizen of a VISA-exempt country, you will need to obtain a VISA in order to enter Cambodia. For citizens of certain countries, you can obtain a VISA upon arrival in Cambodia. I have included the eligible countries and requirements for obtaining a VISA upon arrival below.
For those who do not qualify for a VISA exemption or VISA upon arrival, you will need to apply for an E-VISA before traveling to Cambodia. To make it easier for you to navigate this process, I have included some instructions for you to review below.
If you have a valid passport from one of the following countries, then you qualify for a VISA exemption when visiting Cambodia. This means that you will not need to apply for a VISA before visiting or upon arrival. As long as you have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining before expiration, you will be allowed entry without a VISA.
- Brunei (14 days)
- Myanmar (14 days)
- Thailand (14 days)
- Seychelles (15 days)
- Indonesia (30 days)
- Laos (30 days)
- Malaysia (30 days)
- Singapore (30 days)
- Vietnam (30 days)
- Maldives (30 days)
- Philippines (30 days)
VISA ON ARRIVAL COUNTRIES
For those who don’t hold a passport from a country that qualifies for a VISA exemption, you will need to obtain a VISA to enter Cambodia. If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you are allowed to apply for a VISA upon arrival in Cambodia.
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- America Samoa
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Cayman Islands
- Central African Rep.
- Cook Islands
- Costa Rica
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Faroe Islands
- Guinea Ecuatorial
- Hong Kong
- Isle of Man
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Norfolk Island
- North Korea
- Northern Mariana
- Palestinian Territory
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn Islands
- Puerto Rico
- Republic of Cyprus
- Russian Federation
- S.V. and the Grenadines
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Helena
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Martin
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Georgia
- South Korea
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Svalbard and Jan Mayen
- Syrian Arab Republic
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
- Virgin Islands, British
- Virgin Islands, U.S.
- Wallis and Futuna
APPLYING FOR AN E-VISA
If you do not have a passport from a country that qualifies for VISA upon arrival in Cambodia, you will need to apply for a tourist VISA before traveling. Even if you qualify to apply for a VISA upon arrival, you may want to apply for an E-VISA ahead of time to save yourself time upon arriving in Cambodia.
You can apply for your E-VISA directly from the Kingdom of Cambodia E-VISA website. You will need to make sure you have the following items ready before applying:
- Passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the arrival date.
- Recent, passport-style photograph in digital format.
- Credit or debit card to pay the visa fees (Visa, Mastercard, Unionpay, Alipay, or WeChat pay).
Cambodia Immunization Requirements
Important Note: I am not a medical doctor and do not have any medical experience. The information provided in this section is a summary of information that I got from the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States for travel to Cambodia. I am providing you this information to help bring awareness of the necessary vaccinations to you, but consultation with my guide should not replace a discussion about your travels with your doctor or a travel medical clinic.
One of the most important, and yet most often overlooked, aspects of travel is the necessary vaccinations that are required or recommended to keep you safe and healthy when you travel. Before you depart for Cambodia, you are going to want to make sure that you have all of the proper vaccinations.
Some of these vaccinations, like the Yellow Fever vaccination, are included in the Cambodia entrance requirements if you are traveling to Cambodia from certain high-risk locations. Other vaccinations, such as a flu shot and the Rabies vaccine, are recommended, but not required. For your convenience, I have summarized the CDC’s recommendations on vaccines and healthcare for travelers visiting Cambodia for you to review below.
Recommended Travel Vaccinations for Cambodia
There are a number of vaccinations that the CDC recommends that you get before traveling to Cambodia, which I have outlined for you below. If you are traveling to Cambodia from a destination where Yellow Fever is common, even if it is only a long layover, then you will be required to show proof of vaccination before you will be allowed into the country. The other vaccinations on this list are not in the Cambodia entrance requirements, but they are strongly recommended.
|Vaccine||How Disease Spreads||Details|
|Hepatitis A||Food & Water||Recommended for most travelers|
|Hepatitis B||Blood & Body Fluids||Accelerated schedule available|
|Yellow Fever||Thru the bite of infected mosquitoes.||If you are going to be traveling from a country where Yellow Fever is endemic, even if it is only for a layover twelve hours or more, you will need to receive a Yellow Fever vaccination and have certification of that vaccination before you will be allowed into Cambodia.|
|Rabies||The saliva of infected animals. Bites or licks on open wounds are the most common vector.||Requires three shots over 21-28 days|
|Typhoid||From food and water you handle or ingest.||Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.|
|COVID-19||From being around or coming into contact with someone who is sick.||Depending on Vaccine brand, will require one or two shots over multiple weeks. Everyone 16 years of age and older should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before travel.|
|Measles||Various vectors.||Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.|
|Japanese Encephalitis||Contracted from mosquito bites.||CDC recommends vaccination for travelers who are moving to the area, spending more than a month in the area, or traveling to areas with Japanese encephalitis. Consider vaccination if you will be doing activities that increase risk of infection, such as visiting rural areas, hiking or camping, or staying in places without air conditioning, screens, or bed nets.|
|Malaria||Contracted from mosquito bites.||CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Cambodia take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take.|
Routine Vaccinations for Cambodia
In addition, the vaccinations that are recommended for travel to Cambodia specifically, there are other routine vaccinations that you should make sure that you are current on before traveling anywhere in this world. For an overview of the routine vaccinations recommended by the CDC, please review the chart that I have included below.
|Disease Name||How Disease Spreads||Advice|
|Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR)||Various Vectors||Given to anyone unvaccinated and/or born after 1957. One time adult booster recommended|
|TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis)||Thru open wounds & airborne transmission||Only one adult booster of pertussis required|
|Chickenpox||Direct contact with infected individuals & airborne transmission||Given to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox|
|Shingles||Direct contact with infected individuals||Vaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.|
|Pneumonia||Airborne transmission||Two vaccines given separately. All 65+ or immunocompromised should receive both|
|Influenza||airborne transmission||Vaccine components change annually|
|Meningitis||Direct contact with infected individuals & airborne transmission||Given to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk, especially students|
|Polio||Thru contaminated food and water||Considered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended|
Non-Vaccine Preventable Diseases
In addition to the recommended vaccinations, there are other health precautions that you should take when traveling to Cambodia to avoid getting sick. While these health precautions aren’t on the list of Cambodia entrance requirements, they are important measures that you can take to make sure you don’t get ill while traveling.
aVOID CONTAMINATED WATER
When traveling, one of the easiest ways to get sick is to come into contact with contaminated water. There are a number of illnesses that are found in Cambodia that can be spread by either drinking or swimming in contaminated water. Before you depart for your trip, you will want to be aware of the illnesses below. To avoid getting sick, make sure you stick to drinking bottled water and avoid swimming in stagnant pools.
|Disease Name||How Disease Spreads||Advice|
|Leptospirosis||Touching fluids of infected animal or drinking or swimming in contaminated water.||Avoid contaminated water and soil.|
|Schistosomiasis||Wading, swimming, bathing, or washing in contaminated freshwater streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, or untreated pools.||Avoid contaminated water.|
AVOID BUG BITES
Another easy way to get sick while traveling is to be bitten by bugs that carry illnesses. The most common insect that spreads diseases to humans is the mosquito, but ticks and flies can also spread serious illnesses through their bites. To make sure you don’t fall ill from an insect bite while in Cambodia, I would recommend bringing insect repellent and mosquito netting with you when you visit and avoid getting bitten by bugs as much as possible.
|Disease Name||How Disease Spreads||Advice|
|Chikungunya||Mosquito bite||Avoid Bug Bites|
|Dengue||Mosquito bite||Avoid Bug Bites|
|Zika||Mosquito bite or pregnant woman spreading to her unborn baby.||Avoid Bug Bites|
be aware of airborne AND droplet illnesses
Out of all the ways that illnesses can be spread, the diseases that are airborne are the hardest to protect yourself against. After all, you don’t have to physically touch or be touched by an infected person or animal and there isn’t a repellant that you can spray on to avoid catching these illnesses.
This is why it is always important to be observant of those with whom you interact while traveling and make sure you don’t expose yourself to potentially harmful airborne illnesses. According to the CDC, the particular airborne illnesses that you should be aware of while traveling to Cambodia are as follows:
|Disease Name||How Disease Spreads||Advice|
|Avian/Bird Flu||Being around, touching, or working with infected poultry, in such places as live-animal markets.||Avoid domestic and wild poultry.|
|Hantavirus||Coming into contact with bodily fluids or droppings of infected rodents, being biten by an infected rodent, or less commonly from coming into contact with someone else who is infected||Avoid rodents and people who look sick|
|Tuberculosis (TB)||Breathing in the air from an infected individual (via cough, speaking, etc..)||Avoid people who look sick|
Cambodia COVID-19 Entrance Requirements
According to the US Embassy in Cambodia, there are no longer any COVID-19 entry requirements. Visitors no longer need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test or proof of vaccination to enter the country.
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Cambodia Customs Restrictions
When traveling to Cambodia, it is important to understand what types of items you are free to bring into the country and which items you will be charged or prohibited from bringing in. According to the VISAHQ.com, website, the following items are considered free-import items, but with limits (as described below).
There are five major duty rates (including 0% rate) for imported goods, excluding vehicles which have special rates. These duty rates are as follows:
- 0% for goods that government policy provides not to collect duties.
- 7% for primary products and raw material.
- 15% for machinery and equipment.
- 35% for finished products and government protected goods.
- 50% for luxurious goods.
If you are planning on bringing your dog, cat, or pet to Cambodia with you, the pet(s) will require a Veterinarian Good Health and Rabies Inoculation Certificate.
Cambodia Currency Restrictions
The final aspect of the Cambodia entrance requirements that you will want to make sure you comply with when traveling to Cambodia is the amount of currency you plan on bringing to the country. When visiting Cambodia, like all countries, you can’t just bring any amount of currency that you want into the country or leave with any amount of currency when visiting. According to the US State Department website, the government of Cambodia has the following currency limits and regulations in place:
- The import of local currency (Riel) is prohibited. When entering Cambodia foreign currency amounts over US $10,000 must be declared.
- The export of local currency (Riel) is prohibited. Foreign currency can be taken out of the country up to the limit declared at customs on arrival.