Koh Kong, Cambodia

Getting a Cambodian Visa

immigration at the koh kong / thai border














Welcome to Cambodia

we hope you enjoy your stay.


Easy come,

easy stay, easy go.  Getting your visa to Cambodia usually only takes a photo, a few minutes and not too many dollars (or Thai Baht).  And Koh Kong happens to be the best and easiest place to get your visa.

Coming across from the Thai Border
Cambodia offers most countries citizens a visa on arrival to the country. Most common are tourist and business visas. These cost between $20 and $35 dollars and are generally valid for 30 days. You're also required to have 1 passport sized photo.   Usually they demand 1,000 Baht ($30 U.S.) or more Thai money for a tourist visa and more for a business visa.

Quite often, the border guards or a "Doctor" require some certification of not having some disease, like pig flu or yellow fever.  Since nobody has one, they'll accept a small contribution of 20 Baht to 3 dollars (or more?) to provide you with one.   The latest, is a 1 second medical check with a laser thermometer. 
                    Welcome to Cambodia!

If there are not many people coming across when you are crossing the border, both the Thai and Cambodian sides of the border only take a few minutes each.  If there's many people, like when a bus comes to the border, it can take an hour or more on each side.  No bribes are necessaries or requested on the Thai side of the border, but you do need all your paperwork in order..

A vehicle registered in Thailand can be brought across the border only if you have the vehicle registered in your name. And there are many other qualifications as well.  It's very problematic now, and if you have Thai license plates, you might want to think twice about bringing a vehicle over the border.  Charges, which should be free, are generally 100 Thai Baht per day. You can also leave a vehicle parked on the Thai side of the border for 200 Baht per day.

Current exchange rates: $1 U.S. = 30 Thai Baht ......... $1 U.S. = 4,000 Cambodian Reil

Buy your visa in advance
Cambodian embassies around the world offer visas. The most widely used is in Bangkok, where most guesthouses can get you a visa in a few days.   And you don't have to pay "extra" at the border. 

There's also an e-visa offered on-line from the immigration department, but this is only for tourist visas, and only if you are arriving at an airport in Cambodia from overseas.

Remember to bring a passport photo.

Hours of operation.
The immigration office is generally open from 7am to 8pm, everyday.  However, on the Thai side of the border, transportation to and from Trat, the first big town in Thailand, stops at 5pm. 

Getting to the immigration office and away see the section on Koh Kong Transportation for details.

the grand hotel casino

immigration post in koh kong at the cambodia thailand border crossing

wait to come in, wait to go out from the koh kong border crossing

do not cross without your passport stamped, koh kong, cambodia, thailand border

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