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Informative : For Indians passport holders

Mumbai, India
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Informative : For Indians passport holders

My boyfriend & I traveled to Cambodia the past week and contemplated a lot on obtaining an e-visa / visa on arrival - we decided to go ahead with visa on arrival.

We entered cambodia via a government bus - Transport Co.Ltd from Mo-chit northern bus terminal (BKK) starting 8:00 am and reached us at Poipet bus stand around noon. The visa process is fairly simple while entering cambodia as to exiting the country.

Entering the country:

* Exit Thailand visa at the Visa Embassy in Thailand

* Enter Cambodia embassay - Visa fee is 30$ per person (yes, the officials do scam , they showed us a piece of paper which asked for 200 baht as their processing fee but we refused to pay & they don't really impose)

* We hadn't taken a direct bus and could only avail bus services from Mo-chit to Poipet in Bkk - there is a free bus shuttle from cambodian border to the next bus stand that takes you to Siem reap - Bus to Reap is about 3.5-4 hours and 9$ per person.

* As you get off at the stand - you have tuk tuk drivers assisting you to pub street/old market etc.

(Smiley guesthouse at Siem reap , slightly off pub street is a good place to stay at - we paid 10$ a night for a private room)

On your way out of Cambodia

* We brought our tickets to BKK (Direct bus cum taxi in thailand) for 9$

* Tuk tuk came to pick us up from the guesthouse to the bus stop . We boarded the bus at 9:00 am and where at Cambodia - Poipet in 3 hours.

There is the tricky part

* If you have a double entry visa , the cambodian officials will sign you off on the departure immigration card but if you haven't got your 2nd single entry visa from India - you are required to visit the thailand embassy , pay the 1000 bath visa fee and fill a visa form and get back to the cambodian officials right at the border (this is least a 15 min walking distance per way)

* As you hold a Indian passport , you can stand on the last counter that reads "VISA ON ARRIVAL" and cut through the huge line which has various nationalities looking to get their visa's done.

* Once you reach back with the thailand visa form filled , you head back to the border - they sign you out and re-visit the thailand embassy , hand over your passport & stand in the "VISA ON ARRIVAL" line for collection of your passport & other formalities.

We had a tuk tuk waiting for us in thailand that escorted us to a restaurant where we could eat some lunch and then head to Khaosan in BKK by 9:00 PM.

As the visa process differentiates for different nationalities and extremely time consuming the journey then proves to be more than estimated time. We traveled for 12 hours only to party again at Khaosan.

Hope this is helpful :)

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sydney
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1. Re: Informative : For Indians passport holders

Thanks for taking the time to write this Fareen - we get quite a few Indian nationals asking about visa issues - this will be a useful post to direct them to.

cheers

helen

Hyderabad, India
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2. Re: Informative : For Indians passport holders

Thank you for the information. We are traveling on the same route from Siem Reap to Bangkok and was wondering if Visa on arrival is there for Indian passport holders or not at Aranyaprathet Immigration Checkpoint, Aranyaprathet.

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3. Re: Informative : For Indians passport holders

A..t Phnom Penh airport can I collect my registered bag and then stand in the que for applying visa on arrival? I understand the visa process will take considerable time.I am reaching Phnom Penh on 18/10/2015 at 0905 and leaving for Siem Reap by air at 1 PM

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4. Re: Informative : For Indians passport holders

Your question has been answered on the other thread. But no just like everywhere else you must complete immigration formalities before collecting your checked luggage.

You have plenty of time visa on arrival takes 15 min at most and after collecting your luggage it is only a 5 min walk to the departure area for your flight to SR

Singapore, Singapore
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5. Re: Informative : For Indians passport holders

I am travelling to Phnom Penh from Ho Chi Minh City by boat. Can you please tell me the procedure to get visa to cambodia? What would you recommend - visa on arrival or e-visa? Can you please guide me for the same?

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6. Re: Informative : For Indians passport holders

Hi Dinesh,

I am also planning to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh.

Did you applied for the e-visa?

Regards

Jeffin

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7. Re: Informative : For Indians passport holders

Hi Jeffin,

I did not apply for e-visa. I actually took a guided tour in Vietnam for the Mekong Delta for which the last destination was Phnom Penh and the tour organizer agreed to help us out with the visa process. Since we took the sea route to Cambodia, we did not had any problem for visa on arrival. Make sure you keep some photos with you and exact 35$ (visa on arrival fee) ready for the visa. If you are going by flight and if you are eligible for visa on arrival, then should not be a problem at all either ways

For the e-visa, you will have to check whether you are eligible for it. It is acceptable depending on the transport route u take to enter Cambodia. Some airport accept while do not. But, according to me, visa on arrival should not be that difficult either.

Hope I answer your question.

Enjoy! Have a nice trip.

Regards,

Dinesh

Kolkata, India
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8. Re: Informative : For Indians passport holders

Hi ,

First of all thanks for a so detail information. I have a few question.

To give a brief of our travel plan , we are planning to go to Bangkok first then from Bangkok to Siem reap via land (Poipet ) .from Siem reap to Bangkok then back to India.

Questions:

1.Is it mandatory to book a hotel before reaching Bangkok airport for visa for Thailand for entire duration between inbound flight and out bound flight?

2. If yes then what if someone goes to Cambodia via land and comes back to thai to get the return flight does the hotel(in thai) have to be reserved for the duration that he is spending in Cambodia?

3 . If there any noticeable issue with the travel route ?

Any help is highly appreciated.

Regards

Partha Sarathi De

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9. Re: Informative : For Indians passport holders

Hi , I am Indian ,

I am going to Singapore first, thn planning to go to Angkor Vat , and return again to singapore..

kindly suggest formalities to do..

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10. Re: Informative : For Indians passport holders

I assume you are flying from Singapore to Siem Reap so here's what you do:

Get on the flight, expect your immigration and visa forms to be passed out on the flight, take them from the flight attendent, fill them in, have one passport style photo ready, $US30 in exact change ready to avoid hassles with getting change back, deplane, follow signs to Visa counter, wait in line, hand over filled forms, passport photo and passport, wait till your name is called to retrieve your passport with your visa on arrival in it and pay the $US30 fee.

If forms are not handed out on place they are available in the immigration arrivals hall. If you don't have a passport photo they will scan the photo in your passport for an extra fee of $1 - $2, forget exactly which.

It's really simplicity itself.

Returning to Singapore is your responsibility to have whatever visa is necessary for re-entry into Singapore.

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