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1. Posted by sacmike03 (Budding Member 60 posts) 7y

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Does anyone know if it is easier to get a visa at a border crossing or to get one before hand. I dont wont to spend all the money mailing my passport to and from the embassy in dc unless its worth it...thanks!!

2. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 7y

When you say border crossing, I assume you mean you are not flying directly into either PP or Seam Riep. If you're crossing in from Thailand, you can go by the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok, but they will keep your passport overnight (sometimes less). It's just as easy to get your visa at the border, though. There are several great websites for updates on traveling by land into Cambodia. Check them out for any of the latest scams. A few years ago, they were really big on charging an extra (and unnecessary fee) of $5 to have visitors assert that they were SARS or bird flu free. If you know they are charging you extra for something that isn't required, politely remind them that it isn't necessary. They may press you (I insisted on giving them $20 USD, but they would only take Thai baht, which ended up costing $5 more in exchange rates). Be smart, but be polite and know when to just go with the flow.

Cheers, and happy travels!

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Mike,
I would just pay for your visa 'on arrival'. Airports are no problem. Have your $20 and visa photo ready.
Land crossing scams vary from one crossing to another. I have never been overcharged when crossing the
Moc Bai/Bavet border. I have consistantly been overcharged when using the Hat Lek/Koh Kong border crossing.
The usual scam is to charge you in Thai baht. You can avoid this by having less than 1,000 baht on you. Show the Imm. official 300-400 in baht and insist that is all you have left. Then give them your $20 bill. Point to the form, the fee of $20 is printed on it. That should do it.

It is much easier/cheaper to pay for your visa on arrival even with the scams than using an embassy.
Good luck with your planning.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Apr-2009, at 18:07 by vegasmike6 ]

4. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y

I crossed the border from Vietnam, and I got one on arrival, I had to pay the normal fare plus an additional $1, probably for the ink of the stamp ;).

5. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 7y

Quoting Yvekes

I crossed the border from Vietnam, and I got one on arrival, I had to pay the normal fare plus an additional $1, probably for the ink of the stamp ;).

Maybe you are lucky.... 1 in a million

6. Posted by fivestar (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Yes, just do as the above. No need to pay more than 20$, just have the right money ready and politely insist it is 20$ only.

You could however get an E-visa online if you wanted for 25$, but no need really.

7. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 7y

See this useful blog on crossing the Thai-Cambodian border and on getting a Cambodian visa at the border. There is a scam in operation, so be careful.

http://www.thai-blogs.com/index.php/2009/04/16/thai-visa-border-run-part-1?blog=8

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Apr-2009, at 01:35 by frank_bkk ]

8. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 7y

Showing them that you have only a few hundred baht doesn't always work -- it didn't for me.

9. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting rbyslipahs

Showing them that you have only a few hundred baht doesn't always work -- it didn't for me.

Amanda,
Sorry to hear that. The Cambodian Imm. guys can be difficult to deal with. If you saw the cars they drive (I have), you would see how lucrative overcharging vistiors can be. You really do have to hold your ground to get a $20 visa from some of the Cam. Imm officials. It is worth trying. If you have less than 500 baht on you, they cannot expect you to pay for their $20 visa in baht.

At least you don't have to play this game when entering from the VN side. Hopefully this have not changed since last year.

10. Posted by sacmike03 (Budding Member 60 posts) 7y

i will be entering from vietnam so i guess i'll just wait untill i get there to get my visa. Thanks for the input!