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can i get cambodian visa on border with laos?

Posted by travelchick on 28/3/2006 at 20:06

hiya,
i'm going round laos and cambodia in a couple of months (yeay!) and was going to cross border from laos into cambodia after staying around 4000 islands for a bit. i'm a bit confused where the actual border crossing is between the 2 countries and can i get a visa (max. 2 weeks needed) for cambodia there? or do i have to get one in bangkok or somewhere in laos? (if i get a visa befoehand, does anyone know if it starts on the day of issue or day of entry to cambodia?) thanks very much! x

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Posted by somtam2000 on 28/3/2006 at 21:21 admin

Hi travelchick,

Welcome to Travelfish!

Yes you can get a visa on arrival for Cambodia at that crossing -- it is good for a month-long stay in Cambodia.

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Posted by hkk79 on 5/5/2006 at 00:02

On top of that you also can apply your Cambodia Visa Online now...I just try it out..just share my experience here..

Apply Cambodia Visa Online

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Posted by exacto on 5/5/2006 at 09:10

The Cambodian online E-visa is only valid for entry at the international airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, so it won't help TravelChick on this trip.

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Posted by bat on 1/7/2006 at 19:42

Posted from within Vietnam.

Can you also get a Cambodian visa when crossing by boat from Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh)?
Thanks!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 3/7/2006 at 08:56 admin

Hi bat,

If you're coming up via the river crossing at Chau Doc, Cambodian visa on arrival is available.

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Posted by pauljaymes on 11/7/2006 at 18:14

The last I heard the land border between Laos and Cambodia was closed. In any case, the lonely planets say, and I have repeatedly heard, that you cannot get a visa for either country at this border.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 11/7/2006 at 18:27 admin

This border being closed is news to me... pauljaymes where & when did you hear that?

Cambodian visas have been available at the border since at least October last year -- though as far as I know you still can't get a Lao visa on the border.

Bear in mind anything you read in a guidebook -- particularly stuff about visas may well be long out of date...

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Posted by pauljaymes on 11/7/2006 at 23:22

I had a couple of rumours in Phnom Penh that may be linked to this from the British embassy, which says it was updated on June 8th :-

"Travel between Cambodia and Laos is best completed by air. The land and river border at Stung Treng is now closed from the Lao side. We advise you not to cross this border, as the situation is unclear. (See travel advice for Laos)."

British Embassy link

There is nothing in the Travel advice for Laos regarding this...

Although this maybe incoreect it is a fairly offical source, so I would suggest some research on the ground in Laos before showing up at this border, especially without a visa.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 18/7/2006 at 17:00 admin

I've just chatted to a friend who runs tour groups through Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and they crossed using the Lao/Cambodia border late last week without problem.

There were independent travellers using it as well, so it seems the UK Embassy is a little off the mark on this one.

It could well be the border is "officially closed" but unofficially open -- who knows, but on the ground it appears to be business as usual at the moment. Neverthless prob a good idea to ask around off other travellers when in the region.

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Posted by pauljaymes on 19/7/2006 at 21:57

It sounds like somtam knows what he's talking about; the British embassy/ government sites seem to have a tendency to be a bit over-cautious anyway.

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Posted by Pip on 20/7/2006 at 04:04

I called the Lao embasy in Washington yesterday to check cause I'm gonna be crossing in December and they said that it has been an open border with no problems since October of last year.

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