Cambodia is the must-see place to visit these days, and it’s because of their outstandingly welcoming people, rich history and generally untouched landscape. People are flocking to Cambodia on family vacations, for a personal holiday or to take up the spirit of adventure and backpack their way through a developing country. Here are a few things you’ll need to go through to get your visa. Because there will be no adventure, meditating, resting, or endless vacation fun if you don’t get your visa in order first!
What is the Process?
First things first you’ll need to ensure that you have a passport and that it meets the requirements for a visa, more on this in a moment. Then you’ll have to submit an application and wait for news of approval or denial. Supposing you get approval for your visa, you’ll pay a series of fees, get a few vaccines and set out to your once in a lifetime adventure through Cambodia.
The process itself is straightforward, but it can be time-consuming. You definitely won’t apply for a passport today and be on a plane to Cambodia tomorrow. Expect the document processing times to take a while and be sure to speak with your doctor well ahead of your travel plans so you can ensure you get any necessary vaccines at the correct times.
What are the Requirements?
So the requirements for entry and exiting are pretty straightforward. You will need a passport that is valid for six months after your arrival date. Your passport should also contain at least one blank page. After you have these, you can apply for your visa. It’s easiest to get an e-visa as you can track the progress and you know you’ll always have a digital copy. Digital copies can be a game changer for regular travelers.
When you’re traveling outside of the USA, you may have concerns for vaccinations and other aspects of personal safety. Well, Cambodia doesn’t require any vaccines to enter the country. But in developing countries you might want to consider starting treatments for malaria, getting a yellow fever vaccination and making sure that your Hepatitis A and B shots are excellent. You don’t want to contract any of these while on vacation, and a doctor can help you better understand the risks and preventative measures available.
So you’re leaving the USA, and it might be the first time. You may have heard that Cambodia has a violent history and that’s true. But, the locals are more helpful than anyone you’ll meet in the states. The official U.S. travel advisory for Cambodia is a level one which means the US government believes it safer for citizens to travel to Cambodia than to Mexico or Ireland.
A level one travel advisory means that any traveler should exercise the usual precautions you would take during traveling. When you’re in Phnom Penh and other major areas including Siem, Reap you should be aware of your surroundings and not feed into well-known scams.
Some scams such as children “giving away” bracelets and then demanding money, or young women holding a “baby” requisition you buy milk are common in many counties, not just Cambodia. Avoid participating in these scams or giving money to the people in action because it feeds into poverty and encourages young people to stay out of school because they can make cash this way.
Additionally, whenever traveling try to keep your belongings private and hard to “snatch” to dissuade would-be thieves. Don’t flash around large amounts of cash, and don’t hold your documents, money or phone in one place.
Planning Your Trip
When you’re ready to start planning your trip, you should make getting your visa and passport if you don’t already have one a top priority. Since the process to get either of these documents may take a while you don’t want to book your flight or hotels until you know that you’re ready to go.
Be sure to spread out your time in Cambodia because there is so much to see and experience. If you spend a whole week in Siem, Reap you will miss out on many other things this beautiful country has to offer.