May 11 2011

How to get a Cambodian visa in Hanoi

Published by at 6:33 am under Visas


Getting a visa on entry to Cambodia from Vietnam at one of the international border crossings is straightforward. It’s also possible to arrange an e-visa in advance if you are entering through either airport or certain land crossings: from Vietnam the only land crossing where e-visa is supported is Bavet (Svay Rieng).

It's a long boat trip from Hanoi to Cambodia, but the money-changers will greet you all the same.

It's a long boat trip from Hanoi to Cambodia, but the money-changers will greet you all the same.

However, if you prefer to arrange everything in person in advance, it’s also very simple to do at the Cambodian Embassy in Hanoi. The Embassy is based at 71 Tran Hung Dao Street — you will see number 71 on the main road, turn the corner onto Quang Trung Street and the entrance is about 100 metres down on the right. It’s about a 2km walk from the centre of Old Quarter, less than 1km south of Hoan Kiem lake.

The visa office is open from 08:30 to 10:30 and 14:30 to 16:30 Monday to Friday — though I showed up at about 11:00 and they were still happy to talk to me. Forms can be found on the table outside of the office and applications are taken inside. It’s a strange set-up: a person sitting behind a heavy wooden desk, piled high with papers — quite different to the usual glass screen arrangement. The person on duty when I went along was very chatty — his English actually wasn’t too great (he didn’t understand all of my questions) but he had learned the “Why go to Cambodia now!” spiel by heart and almost made me consider a trip.

All you need for the application is your passport, two photos and the completed form. The form asks standard questions — nothing tricky. Only 30-day tourist visas are available. The cost is US$20 for next day and US$25 for same day (go in the morning) — you must pay in US dollars, cash.

Royal Embassy of Cambodia
71 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hanoi
T: (04) 3942 4789/3942 4788

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One Response to “How to get a Cambodian visa in Hanoi”

  1. Adamon 30 Jan 2013 at 5:08 am

    Since may 2012 the Cambodian embassy in Hanoi has moved to 6 Dang Van Ngu in Dang Da district (there is a sign at the previous location). The Visa office is located on the 5th floor of building E2. The complex looks like apartment buildings but it’s easy to ask your way around to the Cambodian Embassy.

    I paid 25USD for same day visa at 0930am and got my visa 30 minutes later! I paid a motorbike from the city to the office 30 000 VND one way. No problems at all, you will need 2 passport photos and a copy of your passport.

    PS. Thanks Travelfish and Sarah for awesome information that has helped me a lot on my travels through South East Asia.

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