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Cambodia Visa Or Entry Stamp Cambodia Consular Information Sheet July 26, 2007 COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: Cambodia is a poor, developing country with a constitutional monarchy and an elected government.King Norodom Sihamoni is the constitutional monarch and head of state.Elections for Members of the National Assembly were last held in July 2003.Two parties, the CPP and FUNCINPEC, have formed a coalition government, which the CPP dominates.The country has a market economy, with approximately 80 percent of the population of 13.6 million engaged in subsistence farming.The government has good relations with its neighbors despite strains over residual border disputes and other historic antagonisms.The quality of tourist facilities varies widely in Cambodia with the highest standard found in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville.Read theDepartment of State Background Notes on Cambodiafor additional information.

ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: A valid passport and a Cambodian visa are required. Cambodia offers on-line visa processing at Tourist and business visas are valid for one month beginning with the date of entry into Cambodia. You may also apply in person at the Cambodian Embassy located at 4530 16 th St, NW Washington, D.C.20011 Tel 202-726-7742, Fax 202-726-8381. Tourists and business travelers may also obtain a Cambodian visa at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and at all major border crossings. Both methods of obtaining a Cambodian visa require a passport-sized photograph and a passport that is valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of entry into Cambodia.A departure tax is charged on all domestic and international flights.This tax must be paid in U.S. Dollars. Overseas inquiries may be made at the nearest embassy or consulate of Cambodia. Travelers should note that Cambodia regularly imposes fines of USD 5.00 per day on charges of overstay on an expired visas.
Visit the Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia web site for the most current visa information.

See our information pertaining to dual nationality, the prevention of international child abduction andour Customs Information.

SAFETY AND SECURITY: The State Department is concerned that individuals and groups may be planning terrorist actions against United States citizens and interests, as well as sites frequented by Westerners, in Southeast Asia, including in Cambodia. Extremist groups present in Southeast Asia have transnational capabilities to carry out attacks against locations where Westerners congregate. American citizens traveling to Cambodia should therefore exercise caution in clubs, discos, bars, restaurants, hotels, places of worship, schools, outdoor recreation venues, tourist areas, beach resorts, and other places frequented by foreigners. They should remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and avoid crowds and demonstrations. From time to time, the U.S. Embassy places local establishments off limits to Embassy personnel due to safety and security incidents. You can contact the Embassy for notification on the current restrictions in place for Embassy personnel.

The formation of a coalition government in 2004 has eased political tensions considerably.However, American citizens should be aware that Cambodian political activities have turned violent in the past.In November 2000, an anti-government group based in the U.S. led an attack against government buildings in Phnom Penh.During the anti-Thai riots in 2003, the Royal Embassy of Thailand and Thai-owned commercial establishments were attacked. While the current situation is relatively stable, the possibility for politically motivated violence remains. Police officials announced on November 2, 2006, that they had arrested six people for allegedly plotting to conduct bomb attacks in Phnom Penh during the November 4-5 Water Festival. Local commune council elections, held in April 2007, were peaceful. National elections are scheduled for 2008. The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid large public gatherings and crowded public areas.

Land mines and unexploded ordnance are found in rural areas throughout Cambodia, and especially in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, Siem Reap, and Kampong Thom provinces.Travelers should never walk in forested areas or even in dry rice paddies without a local guide.Areas around small bridges on secondary roads are particularly dangerous. Travelers should not touch anything that resembles a mine or unexploded ordnance; they should notify the Cambodia Mine Action Center at 023-368-841/981-083 or 084.

The town of Siem Reap and the vicinity of the Angkor Wat temple complex remain popular tourist sites.The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to travel to these locations by air or to exercise caution if traveling by road or boat and to limit their movements to the city of Siem Reap, the main Angkor Wat temple complexes, and the main national auto routes.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings and Public Announcements can be found.

Up-to-date information on safety and security can be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S and Canada, or for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays.)

The Department of State urges American citizens to take responsibility for their own personal security while traveling overseas. Americans should strictly observe personal security precautions, be aware of their surroundings, and vary their routes and times of their daily activities. For general information about appropriate measures travelers can take to protect themselves in an overseas environment, see the Department of State's pamphlet, A Safe Trip Abroad.

CRIME: Cambodia has a high crime rate, including street crime. Military weapons and explosives are readily available to criminals despite authorities’ efforts to collect and destroy such weapons.Armed robberies occur frequently in Phnom Penh. Foreign residents and visitors are among the victims. Victims of armed robberies are reminded not to resist their attackers and should surrender their valuables, since any perceived resistance may be met with physical violence, including lethal force.Local police rarely investigate reports of crime against tourists, and travelers should not expect to recover stolen items.

The U.S. Embassy advises its personnel who travel to the provinces to exercise extreme caution outside the provincial towns at all times. Many rural parts of the country remain without effective policing.Individuals should avoid walking alone after dusk anywhere in Sihanoukville, especially along the waterfront.Some of the beaches are secluded, and post has received reports that women have been attacked along the Sihanoukville waterfront during the evening hours.Take security precautions when visiting the Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) area. Travelers should be particularly vigilant during annual festivals and at tourist sites in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, where there have been marked increases in motorcycle “snatch and grab” thefts of bags and purses. A group of young men sexually assaulted a foreigner in Phnom Penh on November 2006 while she was taking a moto-taxi from a nightclub.

Pickpockets, including some who are beggars, are present in the markets and at the tourist sites. Persons visiting Cambodia should practice sound personal security awareness by varying their routes and routines, maintaining a low profile, not carrying or displaying large amounts of cash, not wearing flashy or expensive jewelry, and not walking the streets alone after dark. In addition, we recommend that Americans travel by automobile and not use local moto-taxis or cyclos for transportation.These vehicles are more vulnerable to armed robberies and offer no protection against injury when involved in traffic accidents.
To avoid the risk of theft or confiscation of original documents, the U.S. Embassy advises its personnel to carry photocopies of their U.S. passport, driver's license or other important documents.

INFORMATION FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME: The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.If you are the victim of a crime while overseas, in addition to reporting to local police, please contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance.The embassy/consulate staff can assist you to find appropriate medical care, to contact family members or friends and explain how funds can be transferred. Although the investigation and prosecution of the crime is solely the responsibility of local authorities, consular officers can help you to understand the local criminal justice process and to find an attorney if needed.

See our information on Victims of Crime.

MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION: Medical facilities and services in Cambodia do not meet international standards.Adequate care for basic emergencies is limited in Phnom Penh.Siem Reap, the major tourist attraction of Cambodia, currently has one facility that can provide basic medical care. Medical care outside the capital is almost non-existent.Local pharmacies provide a limited supply of prescription and over-the-counter medications, but because the quality of locally obtained medications can vary greatly, travelers should bring adequate supplies of their medications for the duration of their stay in Cambodia.

Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747), fax 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299), or via the CDC's Internet site at information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad including avian influenza, consult the World Health Organization's (WHO) website at health information for travelers is available at

MEDICAL INSURANCE: The Department of State strongly urges Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation.Please see our information on medical insurance overseas.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.The information below concerning Cambodia is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

Driving at night in Cambodia is strongly discouraged.Road maintenance is sporadic in both urban and rural areas.Roads between major areas are adequate; however, roads leading to areas that are more rural are poor.During the rainy season, both urban and rural road conditions deteriorate considerably.Roadside assistance is non-existent.The safety of road travel outside urban areas varies greatly.Cambodian drivers routinely ignore traffic laws, and vehicles are poorly maintained.Intoxicated drivers are commonplace, particularly during the evening hours, and penalties for DWI offenses vary greatly.Banditry occurs even on heavily traveled roads, so all travel should be done in daylight between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

Serious flooding occurs in both Phnom Penh and the rest of Cambodia starting at the end of July, early August.Heavy flooding continues into November.The unimproved highways to Prey Veng, Battambang, Pailin, Stung Treng and Poipet become more difficult and dangerous during this time of the year, and travel to the provinces is virtually impossible. The highway to Sihanoukville is the only road that can be traveled, with caution, this time of the year. The U.S. Embassy advises Embassy personnel not to travel by train because of low safety standards and the high risk of banditry.Travel by boat should be avoided because boats are often overcrowded and lack adequate safety equipment.In February 2004, two American tourists were rescued when the boat on which they were traveling capsized on the Mekong River.Boat owners accept no liability for accidents.Moto-taxis and cyclos (passenger-carrying bicycles) are widely available; however, the Embassy does not recommend using them due to safety concerns and because personal belongings can be easily stolen.Organized emergency services for victims of traffic accidents are non-existent outside of major urban areas, and those available in major urban areas are inadequate.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct commercial air service between the United States and Cambodia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed Cambodia's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards.For more information, travelers may visit the FAA's Internet web site,
The U.S. Embassy strongly discourages its employees from using domestic air carriers due to safety incidents that have occurred in recent years. A PMT Air flight from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville crashed in bad weather in a coastal mountain range on June 25, 2007. There were no survivors. Incidents at the Ratanakiri airport since 2005 have included collapsed landing gear and hard landings. Embassy employees are permitted to use international carriers Siem Reap Airways and Bangkok Airways between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Cambodian customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Cambodia of items such as drugs, firearms, antiquities, or ivory.It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Cambodia in Washington for specific information regarding customs requirements.Please see our information on Customs Regulations.

Dual Nationality: Dual nationality is not prohibited under Cambodia's 1996 nationality law.In addition to being subject to all Cambodian laws affecting U.S. citizens, individuals who possess Cambodian nationality may also be subject to laws that impose special obligations on Cambodian citizens.

Financial Transactions: The U.S. dollar is widely used, especially for larger transactions, and most prices are quoted in dollars. The Cambodian Riel can also be used, but is less favored and is mostly given to tourists as change for dollar purchases. Ripped or torn U.S. bills are not accepted. Except in major hotels, credit cards are not widely accepted within Cambodia, although a number of banks in Phnom Penh accept Visa cards for cash advances. Credit cards are often subject to a service charge. Banks and major hotels accept travelers' checks, but usually charge a service fee.Several international banks operate ATM machines that allow travelers to obtain U.S. dollar currency in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and at the international airports.Personal checks are not generally accepted.Several banks serve as Western Union agents in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and other provincial cities to which funds can be wired.

Photography: Taking photographs of anything that could be perceived as being of military or security interest — government buildings, military installations, airfields, bridges- -may result in problems with the authorities and confiscation of the camera.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law.Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than those in the United States for similar offences.Persons violating Cambodian laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned.Penalties for possession of, use of, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Cambodia are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.Engaging in sexual conduct with children, using, or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime, prosecutable in the United States. The police actively investigate, arrest and prosecute persons for pedophilia and debauchery. Six Americans were arrested in 2006. For more information, visit our section on Criminal Penalties.

CHILDREN'S ISSUES: For information, see our Office of Children’s Issues web pages on intercountry adoption and international parental child abduction.

REGISTRATION/EMBASSY LOCATION: Americans living or traveling in Cambodia are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through theState Department's travel registrationweb site and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Cambodia.Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.By registering, American citizens make it easier for the embassy or consulate to contact them in case of emergency.The U.S. Embassy is located at No. 1, Street 96 (near Wat Phnom), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.The telephone number is (855-23) 728-000; fax (855-23) 728-600.Additional information about American Services can be found at theU. S. Embassy in Phnom Penh.


This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated June 11, 2007 to update the section on Aviation Safety Oversight. *********************************************************** See for State Department Travel Warnings ******************************************************************************** To change your subscription, go to Cambodia Visa Or Entry Stamp


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