Getting a visa for Vietnam while in Phnom Penh is easy. A 30-day, single-entry visa costs just $40, which is probably cheaper than in your home country, and can be done through the embassy or any of the travel agents dotted around town.
Citizens of most countries, or anyone planning to stay longer than certain time periods, are required to secure a visa before entering the country. There are some exceptions though. As at the end of 2015, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, British, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Korean nationals can enter for 15 days without a visa. They simply present their passport at the border, and no fee is charged. No prior paperwork required.
Citizens of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore can visit for 30 days without a visa. Travellers on Filipino passports can enter for 21 days, and those from Brunei for 14 days.
For those not eligible under the above, the process is pretty straightforward. The easiest way is simply to get a travel agent to take care of it. Alternatively, you can drop into the embassy on Monivong, where they say that a 15-day visa can be processed in a few hours, and a one-month one in a day. Other cases may take three to five working days.
You’ll need one passport photo and the completed application form, which you can download from the Vietnamese embassy website. The fee must be paid in cash.
The Vietnam Embassy’s Office of Consular Affairs is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 11:30 and later from 14:30 to 17:00. They are closed on both Vietnamese and Cambodian public holidays.
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
436 Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 726 274
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 4th February, 2016.