If you’ll be travelling to India via Cambodia, you’ll probably need to organise a visa in advance. Although notoriously annoying, you can arrange your visa at the Indian Embassy in Phnom Penh fairly easily. (Cambodians as well as citizens of Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore can get a visa on arrival at four Indian international airports.)
The good news is that an up-to-six-month tourist visa costs $40 and up-to-one-year costs $65. This can be substantially cheaper than at the Indian embassy in your home country. Fees must be paid in cash, in US dollars.
* Completed application form (it’s safest to pick up a current one at the embassy)
* Copy of your passport photo page
* Copy of your Cambodia visa
* Two passport-sized photos (attach them to your application in the boxes specified)
Visas for Cambodians can be processed the same day, but for all others, visa processing take a minimum of 3 business days. They will allow you to keep your passport while they are processing your visa.
Things to note:
You must provide valid local contact information on your application.
The Indian Embassy in Phnom Penh will not accept second-hand applications — you must apply in person.
Although you will apply for a six-month or one-year visa, the actual length of your visa is entirely at the discretion of the consular officers. In Phnom Penh they tend to give much shorter visas for tourists. If you truly need a six-month visa, it is in your best interest to prepare a detailed itinerary showing why you need that much time in India.
The Phnom Penh Indian Embassy employees are sticklers for details and have a reputation for rejecting applications for silly-seeming reasons. Be sure to fill out your application carefully. You may need two references for both India and Cambodia, but you can use current and planned accommodation, so make sure to have their contact details on hand.
India Embassy, Phnom Penh
#5 Street 466, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 212 652
F: (023) 210 914
Applications are accepted between 09:00 and 11:00 and can be picked up between 16:00 and 17:00, Monday through Friday. As with all embassies, always be sure to call ahead and check the day you wish to go is not a holiday.
By Lina Goldberg
Last updated on 2nd May, 2011.