Cambodia implements new visa scheme

As of today, Cambodia will allow international visitors to purchase visas for one, two or three years.

The initiative forms part of the Southeast country’s efforts to attract 7.5 million arrivals per year by 2020.

“The government has approved the new policy for multi-entry visas, which international tourists and investors can apply for at the airport for one, two or three years,” Cambodia’s Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, told the Phnom Penh Post earlier this week. “We will start to implement this on 1st September,” he added.

Despite the launch however, some details of the visa scheme still remain somewhat unclear. Sok Veasna, an official with Cambodia’s Department of Immigration, was reported as saying that certain issues still need to be sorted out.

“The conditions of stay and payment fees will vary depending on the agreements [between Cambodia and other countries’ governments],” Veasna told the same newspaper. At present, only Japan has finalised such an agreement, with China and South Korea reported to be applying for the three-year option.

Veasna added that some visa holders may be required to leave Cambodia during their stay, although details of these conditions are yet to be been confirmed.

Visitors will be able to pay for the multiple-entry visas when arriving at Cambodian airports and the price of the visas will differ according to duration and nationality.

At present, travellers from other ASEAN countries can visit Cambodia for up to 30 days without a visa, while other nationalities can obtain a 30-day visa-on-arrival at the country’s airports

Article published 1st September 2016