We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the other Cambodia
Cambodia offers several visa types to visitors of the country, from which the tourist and business
visa are the most common ones.
1. Tourist (T) Visa
The tourist visa (T class) is best for those who know they will be staying 30 days or less. The 30-day
tourist visa is available to travellers in advance in the form of an e-Visa or on arrival (for
most nationalities). The tourist visa is single entry only. After that, tourist visa holders
must leave Cambodia and come back to obtain a new visa.
2. Ordinary (E) Visa
If you are considering staying in Cambodia for an extended period of time, you will need to apply
for a 30-day E-class visa (not an online e-visa). This is also valid for 30 days. The difference
between the ordinary visa and the tourist visa is that the ordinary one can be extended indefinitely.
After 30 days, when you go to extend your visa, you can choose an EB, EG, ER, or ES visa extension.
Previously, there used to be only one E-class visa extension, known as the “business” or “ordinary”
visa. In 2017 a new set of E-class extension of stay types became available. (These are in no
way related to the electronic visa, also confusingly known as the e-visa).
The four E-class visas are:
EB Visa:The EB business visa extension covers most Cambodia expats, including those who are
working and their partners and children, freelancers, and volunteers. The current rules (as of
March 2018) require applications to provide a stamped letter verifying their employment with
a Cambodian company). Spouses and children of EB visa holders can submit the visa-holder’s employment
letter plus proof of their relationship to the visa holder to renew their own visa extensions.
This renewable visa extension can last for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months, although only the 6- and 12-month
visa extension allow multiple entries.
Be aware that the EB visa extension does not confer the right to work in Cambodia. In order to be
legally employed, you will need a Cambodian work permit. Once you have the EB visa extension,
at any point in the future the immigration police may ask to see your business license, work
contract, and work permit, or a letter confirming the purpose of your stay.
EG visa: The EG visa extension is intended for those searching for employment, and can last
1, 3, or 6 months. Those who have had previous EB visa extensions may or may not be granted an
EG visa, as they are not intended for those who have already been in the country long term. The
EG visa extension is not renewable, but as always, your mileage may vary.
ER visa: The new retirement visa extension is meant for those of retirement age who can show
documentation of retirement in their home country (such as a pension or Social Security) and
prove that they have the funds to support themselves. Often, proof of savings is enough. ER visa
extensions are usually only granted to those who are 55 and up, but some have reported being
able to get one at a younger age. The ER visa extension cannot be used if the visa holder is
employed, but holders of this visa extension do not need to get a work permit. The ER retirement
visa extension can be issued for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months.
ES visa: The ES visa extension is a student visa. Applicants for the ES visa extension need
to provide a letter from a registered Cambodian school, as well as evidence of sufficient funds
to support themselves. The ES student visa extension can be issued for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months.
Once you have your first 30-day E-class visa for Cambodia, you can apply for one of the extension
of stay visas listed above from inside the country for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. It’s advisable
to extend it for 6 or 12 months, as these visa types are multiple-entry. The 1- and 3-month visas
are single-entry only, meaning that if you leave for a weekend trip to Vietnam, you’ll need to
get a new Cambodian visa when you return.
Other visa types:
3. K-class visa. The K-class visa is for those of Cambodian descent who hold a foreign passport.
It is a free lifetime visa, although you will almost certainly be asked to pay an unofficial
“facilitation fee” to get it. Bring any documents that show that you have one Khmer parent, such
as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, family book, or Cambodian ID card. A Khmer last
name and ability to speak Khmer may be enough—along with a $20 bill, of course.
Cambodian visas for children. Since late 2016, all non-Cambodian children have been required to have
an E-class visa to enter the Kingdom. The prices are the same as for adults. If the child has
at least one Cambodian parent, they can apply for a free K-class visa. Children can apply for
a ES visa extension without evidence of being enrolled in school up to the age of 17. After that
they will need to get an EB extension or show evidence of school enrolment.
4. B-class visa. The B-class visa, known as the “NGO visa,” is a free visa for employees
of international NGOs that have a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. The INGO will need to apply in advance for your visa and have a representative meet
you at the airport on arrival. If you are already in Cambodia on another visa type, you will
need to leave the country and re-enter to get your B-class visa. The first visa is good for three
months and subsequently can be renewed for up to a year (based on the length of your contract)
at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Spouses and children of NGO visa holders are eligible for
a C-class visa. Ask your employer if you are eligible, because not all NGOs qualify. If you are
caught using a visa for a purpose not allowed under that particular visa type, you will be fined
$100 and required to leave the country within 7 days (so don’t get a retirement visa if you are
5. Khmer (K) Visa
The K-type visa can only be given to Cambodian descendants that enter Cambodia with a foreign passport.
They need to have valid documents to show that their parents are Cambodian citizens. The K-visa
will be issued one time and free of charge. The visa will allow the applicants to enter the Cambodian
kingdom an unlimited number of times.
6. Diplomatic (A), Official (B) and Courtesy (C) Visa
Diplomatic, Official and Courtesy visas are provided for free, but you will have to meet very specific
requirements for these visa types.