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How to get a Thai visa in Phnom Penh

If you’re looking to visit Thailand, you may be eligible for a free 30-day visit. Nationals of 42 countries entering Thailand by air are granted a 30-day stay and those crossing by land are granted a 14-day stay.

If that’s not enough time for you, you can apply for a 60-day tourist visa before entering the country. This visa will allow you one 30-day extension for a total of 90 days in Thailand. Only single entry tourist visas are issued in Phnom Penh.

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Get a visa to visit Thailand in Phnom Penh

To apply for a 60-day tourist visa at the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh, you’ll need:
* One completed application form (a blank one can be picked up at the embassy);
* One recent colour passport-sized photo (photos will be rejected if not taken recently);
* Proof of onward travel — we’ve been advised bus tickets may not be accepted. A flight ticket is preferable.

Citizens of the following countries must submit five passport photos and five copies of their application: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The fee for a 60-day tourist visa is $35, however, until March 31, 2011 all tourist visa fees are being waived.

Non-immigrant visas are also available for between $65 and $350, depending on which kind you get. You can find more information on the Phnom Penh Thai Embassy’s website.

The consular services office hours are:
Visa applications: 08:30 – 11:00, Monday through Friday, except public holidays
Visa collections: 15:00 – 16:30, Monday through Friday, except public holidays

The Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh has a reputation for being both unfriendly — yours truly was hung up on twice while writing this post — and alternately strict and permissive regarding visas. Those who do regular Thai visa runs say that Phnom Penh seems to be less stringent about allowing those with multiple previous tourist visas to get another, in comparison to embassies elsewhere. Moreover, some visitors report being able to get double-entry tourist visas quite easily in Phnom Penh. When I spoke to an embassy representative he said that they usually only issue single-entry visas.

Visa processing takes three working days if you visit the embassy yourself. However, if you use an agent, the turnaround time is usually just one working day. Agents — of whom you’ll find dozens in the Phnom Penh riverside area — can get 60-day double-entry visas for a processing fee of $10 to $40.

Royal Thai Embassy
#196, Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh.
T: (023) 726 306
Royal Thai Embassy, Phnom Penh website

About the author:
Previously, Lina has been based in Oakland, California, New York City, Dublin and London. Lina spends most of her time thinking about food, travel and synthpop. She's currently based in Siem Reap.

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