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1. Posted by tasha80 (Budding Member, 26 posts) 26 Nov '06 06:44

Yeah, i know the answers probably been given a 1000 times, but just quickly checkin...

You definately need a Cam visa b4 entry, no way of getting in when you arrive (at airport) - i'm thinking of flying in?

Cheers
Tasha

2. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru, 516 posts) 26 Nov '06 08:44

Hi Tasha,

You can get when you fly into the airport...you can also try the e-visa on line.

dana

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3533 posts) 26 Nov '06 11:02

Tasha,
Just have a $20 bill ready and passport photos. Almost everybody on the plane will be in the same boat. Get in the 'visa on arrival' queue and follow the crowd.

PM me if you need advice on PP: transport, rooms, sights. I have plenty of PP photos in my gallery.

4. Posted by tasha80 (Budding Member, 26 posts) 26 Nov '06 11:08

Thanks again for yr help dana,

Does anyone know if it takes long at the airport to get a visa?

I just went to the 'E visa' application page and you need to state where you are entering and exiting from and that you need evidence of a round trip (in and out of Cam) and of sufficient funds (like the new Thai visa requirements).

I have no idea where i'll arrive and leave from at this stage..... ?

I wonder if these requirements are actually enforced and do you need this 'proof' when applying before entry i.e in Bkk or at the airport?

5. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru, 516 posts) 26 Nov '06 21:26

Tasha,

It's so much faster that VOA cos you won't be caught up in queues. It takes time to fill up the form, get back into the queue. It's peak season now. So e-visa is faster...produce you print out details for verification.

Dont worry about date of entry or exit if you are not sure when you will be flying into SR or PP or where you will exit. You can give an estimate your date of entry/exit . Once confirmed, you send them an update to their email address (it will be stated in your duly processed appplication)and they will update your profile for you. The same applies for whatever changes you want to make as the day of your entry gets closer. You dont need to show proof of sorts - e.g fund, exact date of exit (give them max number of days allowed), point of exit, name of hotel(s).Just state "hotels".

Also, note that in the on line e-visa form, you do have to pay much attention to areas without astrik (*).

In any case, there is not difference between e-visa form & the VOA form.

Cheers.

Dana

6. Posted by jentymn (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 8 Dec '06 12:50

Does anyone know if you save any time w/an e-visa if you are entering Cambodia at the thai border rather than flying into PP? Are there separate queues?

7. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru, 1026 posts) 8 Dec '06 17:59

I've flown into PP a number of times and never had to wait very long for my visa on arrival.Just make sure you have 20 dollars with you and it takes no time at all.

Getting a visa at the border at Poipet is a fairly simple and quick process too. Just make sure you don't join the lines of Thai people on the Thai side of the border who are queueing to get there exit stamp from the Thai side, get into the right hand queue which usually has just a few foreigners. I have noticed at the Poipet border crossing they give preferential treatment if you pay in dollars rather than baht!!

8. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member, 187 posts) 9 Dec '06 02:12

Yeah, with high season upon us, getting off the plane and finding yourself stuck in line behind 50 members of a tour group will certainly make for a longer wait!
From my experience making the land crossing at Poipet, the authorities there actually prefer Thai baht over dollars. They would rather have you pay them 1,000 Thai baht than 20 US dollars, simply because that puts more money in their pocket! And yes, you can be sure they will keep a portion, if not all, of that amount. But..it seems that paying in Thai baht also speeds up the visa process at Poipet!

9. Posted by namfon (Full Member, 2 posts) 9 Dec '06 08:05

Quoting buzzard

Yeah, with high season upon us, getting off the plane and finding yourself stuck in line behind 50 members of a tour group will certainly make for a longer wait!
From my experience making the land crossing at Poipet, the authorities there actually prefer Thai baht over dollars. They would rather have you pay them 1,000 Thai baht than 20 US dollars, simply because that puts more money in their pocket! And yes, you can be sure they will keep a portion, if not all, of that amount. But..it seems that paying in Thai baht also speeds up the visa process at Poipet!

Interesting to read your comments about the Thai baht vs dollar. When i crossed about 4 months ago there 3 young backpackers were getting a hard time because they only had Thai baht. The Cambodian immigration guy told them it would take a while to process there visa in view of this. I turned up with a 20 dollar bill and they processed mine immediately. A couple of seasoned visa run pros also told me the dollar is usually a hassle free way to get processed quickly.

10. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member, 187 posts) 9 Dec '06 22:00

That is interesting. I guess you never know how the immigration officials are going to act. The last time I did that border crossing at Poipet was about 2-3 years ago, so maybe the policy has changed since then. Whatever the case, these guys were definitely making some extra money by asking for the visa fee in Thai baht. Now that Air Asia has those cheap flights to Phnom Penh, I don't even consider making that long and difficult and nasty border crossing via Poipet any longer. It's still a shame that the budget carriers cannot fly directly to Siem Reap. Bangkok Airways still has a firm grip (monopoly) on that route.