Applying for your Cambodian e-Visa
Applying for a Cambodian e-Visa makes arrival into Cambodia’s Siem Reap airport much faster & smoother! Although you can apply for a visa at the airport, the wait can be extraordinarily long & frustrating, so we require our Cambodian guests to apply beforehand (less time in the airport = more time exploring Siem Reap!)
You can apply for an e-Visa 90 days before your Cambodian departure date (aka, the day you depart from Cambodia). We will let you know when that date is. The visa is currently $36USD per person and is payable by Visa or Mastercard; several people can submit their information on the same application, if you are traveling with loved ones. This particular visa will allow you to stay in Cambodia for 30 days.
The e-Visa is actually a breeze (especially if you have ever applied an Indian e-visa!) You’ll need a digital passport headshot; there are plenty of apps out there to help you with that.
You’ll also need a photo or scan of your passport info page; that image will have to be under 2MB. If you need help getting your image to fit that specification, you can forward it to Lauren and she can help reformat it.
You’ll begin at https://evisa.gov.kh and select “Application” from the menu. Here is what you will need to complete on the first page (we will inform you of your arrival date and your hotel name; unless we tell you otherwise, your Port of Entry is Siem Reap International Airport).
You will then be given an opportunity to add another applicant if you are traveling with someone. If you are only applying for yourself, you can then process to the payment section by hitting “submit.”
You will be sent an email in the interim, basically confirming that you are applying and that you still need to pay. This is a good test to see where this email ends up (in your spam folder, in one of Gmail’s secondary folders, etc.) You need to know where these email lad in your inbox, as this is the way they will send you your final approval. You don’t need to take any action in this email, though. Here is an example of the email:
From the next application page you just need to “confirm payment,” which should really read “submit payment.” (Your amount will be $36 USD or $36 multiplied by however many applicants are on this submission; in this example it was for two applications).
On the next page you can choose your form of payment (between Visa and MasterCard), and after that, you can submit the details (as shown below). You will not be asked for a billing address.
Do not close any windows or hit back in your browser while this payment is processing, which can potentially take a couple minutes. If by some chance your card payment does not go through, it may be your credit card’s fraud prevention, and it may require a call to the credit card company.
When your payment is successfully submitted, you will receive this message on the screen:
This is the email you will receive immediately; it is not an approval of the application but telling you that it is being processed. It says the approval should take less than 3 days, but our approval took about ten days, so just be patient. If you are concerned, you can keep checking the visa status within their system to make sure you didn’t miss an email from them.
When you are approved, you will receive an email with your visa as a PDF attachment. Please print two copies (they can be in black and white) and also save to your phone or tablet in case you need to reprint. You can see what that Visa PDF looks like by clicking here.
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