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By No owner — last modified Jun 16, 2015 01:11 PM

 Cambodia - Formalities

Clearance

Whilst there are two clearance ports in Cambodia, Khao Kong and Sikhanoukville, in 2016 yachts might have difficulties clearing into and out of the country at Khao Kong if not departing to Thailand. This is a pity as Khao Kong is much closer to the Thai border. However, this situation appears to change frequently. See the cruiser's report below.

The days of there being no costs for cruising here (other than "tea money" for officials) are also gone (see Fees), and it is mandatory to use the state shipping agency in Sikhanoukville for clearance.

A visiting yacht must present the boat registration papers, clearance papers from the last port, and have a 30 day tourist visa for all crew and passengers. Arrival without a visa will result in the passport/s being sent to Phnom Phen at a cost of US$500. See Immigration for more details.

Formalities must be done through the Kampuchea shipping agency (KAMSAB), who are located in Sikhanoukville across the sea beach road at Victory beach, on the bottom floor of the Windmill Hotel. They also have a representative in Khao Kong.

KAMSAB
Ph: 855 (0) 34 934 197
kamsab-shv@online.com.kh
http://www.kamsab.com.kh/

It is recommended to contact the agent via e-mail or phone in advance of arrival. The agent can also help with visa issues.

Entrance and exit fees vary depending on the size of the yacht and the captains negotiating skills. See Fees for more details.

This report of one cruiser's experience will give some idea of the difficulties involved if clearing in or out at Khao Kong. Clearance procedures for Cambodia - Our Experience

Last updated July 2017.

Immigration

All visitors to Cambodia (except citizens of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) will need a visa. The "official" price for a visa is approximately US$35 to US$40, but prices vary depending on the border crossing. It is reported that negotiating works; however, don't be surprised if you have to pay $1-2 more than is "official."

Tourist Visas

Crew arriving in Cambodia on board a yacht must have a 30 day tourist visa. Arriving without a visa will result in your passport confiscated and sent to Phnom Phen at a cost of US$500 to release.

Electronic tourist visas can be obtained online for US$37 or at the nearest Cambodian Embassy. Whilst the government website states that Sihanoukville does not accept e-visas, KAMSAB have assured Noonsite that they are accepted. Prior to sailing to Cambodia, it is a good idea to make contact with KAMSAB and check current regulations.

For a list of Cambodian Embassies see here.

For more information see https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

Note: Tourist visas issued by a Royal Cambodian Embassy abroad may appear to have a longer validity than 1 month. The validity of the visa refers to time you have to enter Cambodia. The visa is valid for 30 days from the actual date of entry into Cambodia. Make sure your passport is stamped on arrival, and keep the departure form. If you lose your departure form, you’ll need to contact immigration officials before you leave the country to make alternative arrangements. You can be fined, detained and deported if you overstay your visa.

Visa Extension

The 30 day tourist visa can be extended for a further 30 days only. To stay longer you must leave the country and either return again on a new tourist visa, or, return on a business visa which can be extended up to 3 or 6 months or 1 year. You cannot apply for a business visa until the tourist visa has expired or been stamped out (of the country).

Extensions or Business Visas can be handled through most travel agents in Sihanoukville and through KAMSAB. See General Services for listings.

Passports should have a minimum validity of 6 months beyond longest expected stay.

Last updated July 2017.

Customs

Yachts can stay up to 6 months in Cambodia. For longer stays boats must clear out and then return again for another 6 months. There does not appear to be any restriction on the length of time you must spend out of the country before re-entering.

The penalty for bringing illegal drugs into the country is severe. Extreme prison sentences for foreigners is legendary.

It is advisable to have a copy of the prescription and a doctors letter for all medicines. Bottles should be labeled. Carry no more than is reasonable.

Firearms and ammunition must be declared.

Last updated July 2017.

Health

The health service is poor and for any medical emergency evacuation is recommended.

Malaria prophylaxis is recommended. Dengue Fever is widespread.

If traveling to Cambodia for more than one month, or if you expect to spend time in heavily rural areas, a Japanese Encephalitis vaccination is strongly recommended.

There have been outbreaks of Bird Flu resulting in a small number of human fatalities. Avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and places where you may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are properly cooked.

Fees

Clearance Fees

Entrance and exit fees can vary depending on the size of the yacht and the captain's negotiating skills.

A 40-50ft yacht should expect to pay between US$300-500 for a 6 month stay. Extensions are only available by checking out of the country, leaving, and returning.

Included in this amount is approximately $100 which goes into the pockets of officials (usually 5 x $20) and an agency fee of between $50 and $100.

Immigration Fees

Normal visas cost US$35-40. (Often negotiated.)
Electronic visas cost US$37, obtained prior to arrival.
Both initially valid for 30 days stay.

A visa extension for one month costs approx. US$45. This can be arranged via a travel agent. It is not necessary to go to Phnom Penh.

A Business visa for one year costs approx. US$300.

Last updated July 2017.

Restrictions

Keep to main routes in rural areas as Cambodia remains affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance. Mined areas may be unmarked.

Do not take photographs in or near airports or military bases. Also, ask permission before taking pictures of anyone especially monks and other religious figures.

Local Customs

You should dress appropriately when entering religious sites and remove shoes when entering temples and people’s homes.

Clearance Agents

KAMSAB
Commonly-used shipping agency able to process clearance for private yachts.

Pets

It is possible to travel with a cat or dog to Cambodia, but the following vaccinations must be up to date and proven with a pet health certificate from a veterinarian:

Your dog or cat must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months of entry. Cats should be vaccinated against Calicivirus, Herpesvirus, Panleucopenia at least 21 days before export. As a precaution, dogs should be vaccinated against Distemper, Hapatitis and Parvo.

It is suggested to travel with adequate tick, flea, and heartworm preventatives. These are difficult to obtain in Cambodia.

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