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By No owner — last modified Jun 16, 2015 02:11 PM

 Cambodia - Formalities

Clearance

Whilst there are 2 clearance ports in Cambodia, Koh Kong and Sikhanoukville, in 2015 it appears that yachts can only clear into and out of the country at Sikhanoukville. A pity, as Koh Kong is much closer to the Thai border.

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 $500USD. 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.

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.

Last updated June 2015.

Immigration

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 being sent to Phnom Phen at a cost of $500USD.

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.

Last updated June 2015.

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.

It is advisable to have a copy of the prescription and a doctors letter for all medicines.

Firearms and ammunition must be declared.

Last updated June 2015.

Health

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

Malaria prophylaxis is recommended. Dengue Fever is widespread.

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 to 50ft. yacht should expect to pay between $300 to $500USD for a 6 month stay.

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

Immigration Fees

Normal visas cost US$30
Electronic visas cost US$37
Both initially valid for one month after entry.

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 1 year costs approx. US$300.

Last updated June 2015.

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.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 16, 2015 02:11 PM

Hi Kim, yes, sadly clearance costs can now be between $300 and $500 USD, depending on the size of your boat and your negotiating skills! Visas cost $30 and we are waiting on information re. extensions and costs. Our formalities section for Cambodia has now been updated to reflect these changes.

Kim E J
Kim E J says:
May 19, 2015 06:19 AM

I have been told that someone ruined it for us all and check in is now $500USD. Can anyone confirm this? I also see it is $30 entry check in fee stated here with extensions up to one year. Any info on the extension costs and can the request for extension be done on arrival to allow a six month stay?

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