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Cambodian e-Visa/ On Arrival Visa

Posted by natwest on 9/3/2008 at 14:42

Hi,
Has anyone used both visa options before?

e-Visa is $25 while the On Arrival is only $20, so what is the major difference between the two, except being more convenient? I don't quite see why I have to pay $5 more for "processing" Is the queue for the visa always long and the staff worked snail slow?

Thanks.

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Posted by kristinholdo on 9/3/2008 at 14:53

Actally the line is quite long, and there is a bit of waiting to geth the visa on arrival, and it is much more cinvenient having the e-visa when you arrive. However if you would like to save 5 USD, get it on arrival.. Its only amatter of savung time really...

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Posted by rakhee2108 on 9/3/2008 at 15:02

I got a visa on arrival in PP airport and thought the process was quite quick. Just make sure you have a passport photo to avoid a "fine."

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Posted by natwest on 11/3/2008 at 17:01

Thank you very much, kristinholdo and rakhee2108.

I have decided to use the On Arrival option this time to see how it is like, since I am not rushing for time. On top, I've another trip next year going to Siem Reap, so I might be using e-Visa next time.

I'll report back on how it goes after my trip.

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Posted by wheeladventure on 27/9/2008 at 00:58

i got a visa on arrival at the siem reap airport. the line was short and the cost was $20 USD. the process took less than 10 minutes, including the line. but, i arrived at night. to depart, it cost me $25.

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Posted by amazon_blonde on 8/1/2009 at 11:31

what about crossing overland from Laos? Is it much faster to have the e-visa?

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Posted by Traveller2009 on 30/1/2009 at 10:14

We applied for a Cambodia e-visa 7 days ago and and have heard nothing. We have sent emails to the dept of Foreign affairs from the evisa website and received nothing back. We called the number which is very very expensive from Thailand and could not get through except for one time when they asked us to hold and then came back after 3 minutes and hung up the phone.

The money was taken from the credit card the same day (23rd January) as the Cambodia e-visa was applied for.

We have proceeded to pay for another Cambodia visa today when we get to the border.

Do not do the Cambodia e-visa scam unless you want to spend about 2,500 baht to get your Cambodian tourist visa (twice).

we still check on the website and it says the application is still pending and so is the payment, even though they got our money 7 days ago when it came off the credit card, which we checked.

What a scam.

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Posted by Raiveen on 12/2/2009 at 21:55

I really don't know about e-visa, I've not tried it yet, but if you have plenty of time in Thailand why don't you go to the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok for the visa. It also costs the same, $20, or a little more for express one. If you go to the Thai-Cambodian border without already having a visa, people there including the officers will try to charge at least 1,200 THB. I once paid 1,500 TBH

What a scam!

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Posted by busylizzy on 13/3/2009 at 16:45

I arrived in Siem Reap last year and found the process very quick and easy. The customs guy did, however, try to charge me in baht the equivalent of what would have been US$25 at the time. Fortunately I had read on this forum about the scam, so I very politely told him "No, the price is US$20".

His response? "Yes, but paying in baht is easier for you". What?! It was just as easy for me to pay in USD considering I was waving the USD$20 around in front of him! After a couple of minutes of polite discussion, he agreed to the USD$20.

You just need to be polite, yet firm. The worst thing is to give them aggro.

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Posted by MetalJace on 3/4/2009 at 17:14

The easiest thing to do is grab your gear and run like hell off the plane and be first in line. The visa officers are really relaxed and they asked for the 20$ and ten minutes later after 8 people looked at my visa I was in and heading to my guesthouse.

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Posted by piglet44 on 23/5/2009 at 23:35

Foreign Min site appears to be down, as is the Billabong Hotel PP.
does anyone know if there is an Internet Problem in Cambodia right now?

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Posted by kiwibc on 28/6/2009 at 22:14

Posted from within Vietnam.

The whole e-visa thing is a bit confusing. One website (number 2 on google search) says the service has been hijacked (which I thought strange!) and is now unreliable - see www.cambodiaevisa.com/. There is heaps of 'feedback' around on the net to back them up that I've seen (but you never know who posts this. Here's where it get's interesting. They have a screenshot from wiki travel backing this up but now on wiki travel http://wikitravel.org/en/Cambodia this info has been replaced by other info saying it's all good. It's not a page that's locked down for editing either although for the life of me I can't find the change history? I think I'll try my chances at the border.

p.s. Travelfish visa section is silent on the issue http://www.travelfish.org/cambodia-visas.php

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Posted by somtam2000 on 29/6/2009 at 07:35 admin

kiwibc - on the Cambodia visa page we link to the provider who is now providing the service -- simple as that.

The mob you mention are a Malay IT firm that had their contract cancelled in murky circumstances a year or so back. They went apoplectic about it at the time -- as you can probably tell by the blog. I've mentioned this before on the forum, and didn't see any point mentioning a service that no longer exists on the main visa page! If you want to get an evisa, you do so via the link on the visa page.

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Posted by kiwibc on 7/7/2009 at 17:19

Came through the Moc-Bai Border (Vietnam/Cambodia) yesterday. No worries getting the visa at the border. You can let the bus staff do it for you ($25) or do it yourself for $20. It was easy..getting out of Vietnam took ages, much longer than getting in to Cambodia. How long does it take to exit stamp a passport? They'd have each one for several minutes (and there was a lot of people to process)! One couple we chatted to got the e-visa no worries, they were held up at the Cambodian border for a lot longer than us but got through. They said they got the e-visa with in a 24 turn around but they also knew someone who had issues.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 7/7/2009 at 18:14 admin

Thanks for the report back -- cheers!

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Posted by jojow25 on 14/9/2009 at 14:15

Hey guys - anyone out there who has recently used the e visa system? I checked it out a few weeks back and since then, the site seems to have changed and it looks more kosher than it did back then... i.e it doesn;t talk about the scam as it did before (the blog with the screenshots etc).

Has anyone applied and recieved an evisa recently and successfully?

Cheers

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Posted by tails101 on 14/9/2009 at 15:37

Hi,

I've applied for three e-visa's over the last couple of days... The first one went through ok but there was a hiccup on the redirect after payment was taken but the visa application still worked, the second and third applications went through with no issues at all.

The e-visa's were e-mailed the next working day in all cases.

Unfortunately, I can't actually report if they worked yet, as I don't enter Cambodia until the 11th October, but I certainly have three seeminly valid e-visa in my possession.

On another post that I started on this subject (http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/visabordercrossings/7537_cambodia-evisa-scheme) someone did write back saying they had the same experience as me and the visa worked no issues and they were happily in Cambodia, so it looks good!

Hope that helps,
Cheers,
Mark.

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Posted by jojow25 on 17/9/2009 at 14:17

Hey tails101 - if you remember, please let me know how you got on - we leave 16th October for Thailand... and will be in Cambodia mid November..

Cheers

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Posted by prana16 on 17/9/2009 at 16:28

Got and e visa at the end of august and used it no problem. After payment goes through it seems to go to a page that will not load. But if you go to the (check/change? ) area it shows payment went through.. I had no problems, my girlfriend also got one and had the same experience. YMMV.

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Posted by jojow25 on 20/9/2009 at 10:57

Hi people - I have processed my e visa - seemed to go smoothly. Says I can download my approval certificate but doesn't seem to have that option in check and change - will this appear soon? I only just applied for it and although it says visa status is approved it says that it is also pending. I guess I just have to check in a couple of days and then print of the approval certificate?

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Posted by spartan on 22/9/2009 at 18:07

Filling in the E-visa form at the moment, and it does scare the hell out of me !!! The info on here would encourage a person to avoid all things cambodian like the plague.

There is a section on the e-visa form which asks re mode of transport, arrival time, address in cambodia.... Is it acceptable to write nothing here, if backpacking like i will be, i dont have a clue ??

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Posted by tails101 on 22/9/2009 at 20:39

jojow25 - I'll deffinitely let you know how I got on...

Also, hopefully by now your visa will have moved to approved in both payment and visa status and the check'n'change facility will have become active along with the option to download your visa as a PDF file.

Enjoy your trip - I'm only off for 2 weeks, how I miss the months of travelling!

Spartan... I believe the only compulsary fields in the visa application is date of entry, although I could be wrong. The system has the option to allow you to change these as and when you know more via the check'n'change page. With regards to address, if it is compulsary, just enter the first town you'll be visiting and if you want a pick a hotel at random! I know for a fact I had no clue where I was staying when I got my first Cambodian visa years ago and had no issues!

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Posted by tails101 on 22/9/2009 at 20:41

Spartan, maybe should have said the only compulsary fields in that section of the visa application are date of entry. Obviously they need to know your name, passport number etc... Teach me to type, post then think!

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Posted by jojow25 on 23/9/2009 at 03:20

For the place I was staying I just entered 'Hotel' lol Seemed to go through ok and I am now in possession of a valid looking visa which you have to print two of - one for entry - one for departure.

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Posted by spartan on 6/12/2009 at 10:41

Hello again - I applied 2 weeks ago, received after 2 days and passed through Bavet in a couple of minutes. All good with the E-visa.
Having said that the border crossing wasn't busy and I might only have been 10 minutes longer without one.

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Posted by jojow25 on 7/12/2009 at 15:56

Hey guys - we made it through with the evisa at pp airport.. the only problem was that their computer wasn't working, but changed to another counter and all was good. Irony has it that because the computer wasn't working, it meant that i had qued for a while and therefore the last person to go through to collect my bags haha.. so I paid $5 for not so much convenience... all good tho.

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Posted by oscarcat on 9/12/2009 at 15:09

Just crossed from Had Lek to Ko Kong today, without evisa and paid 1000 baht. This was after I waved a 20 dollar bill and insisted that was the fee, although they came down their original 1200 there wss no budging them. Crossing back around Jan 7th with gf will try get evisa this time & report back. Btw also got stung 20 baht for a medical @ quarnatine which is a new 1 on me....

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Posted by patrickien on 13/12/2009 at 05:00

Wheeladventure#5 Posted: 27/9/2008 - 00:58

i got a visa on arrival at the siem reap airport. the line was short and the cost was $20 USD. the process took less than 10 minutes, including the line. but, i arrived at night. to depart, it cost me $25.

???? maybe I missed something, but i thought you only paid to enter not leave?? I/m going to apply for the E visa and on the site its says you need 2 copies 1 in and 1 out for $25 .( for feb 2010)
Can anybody wise me up ??

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Posted by Indoluso on 2/3/2010 at 06:39

Hello!

So how long does it take to cross, by land, from Vietnam into Cambodia? How much time (hours?) is saved if we get there already with the visa (forgeting e-visa and getting it through an embassy, just to avoid any scam)?

Thanks in advance for your replies, we are considering getting it through the embassy in advance or just get it on arrival.

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