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kd2000

Got stucked in Cambodia, need Urgent help

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Hi

I got stucked in poipet Cambodia trying to get 30 days exempt stamp. 

 

Arrived to poipet from Thailand by land yesterday. Got my Cambodian visa, headed straight back for reentry to Thai immigration.

Have been told by immigration officer to show up next day from 6am. 

 

Next day... 

Waited 4 hours in a que. 

After finally reaching the window, they pulled me away for an interview... 

What I found out there is that my Cambodian visa has no entry stamp, the interviewer seamed to be extremely upset by that fact, told me to go back to Cambodia and go to Thai consulate. She had warned me that if I go to properly stamp my Cambodian visa and get back again she will stamp my passport with a denial stamp and put me in trouble. 

On top of that she was rude and not willing to talk more.. 

 

I got back to Cambodian immigration to find out that no stamp at my visa is a scam. Finally got the stamp after paying "fine" 300 thb (negotiated from 700)

 

I'm polish national, 2 years old passport with 2 years of ed visa issued by hand to hand combat and ed visa cancellation. 

42 yo

 

What options do I have? 

 

I have not been prepared for that at all, very frustrated and stucked here. On top of it internet connection is horrible so it's hard to research the problem on.. 

I have all back in Thailand, need to get back asap. Going back to home country is no option. 

 

Thanks 

 

 

 

 

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As Brit man says above, Many people dont realize at Cambodia u go to one office to get ur voa

BUT another office to get stamped in/out

 

Ignorance is not always the officials fault. Been in an out of Cambodia dozens and dozens of times at all borders.

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2 minutes ago, phuketrichard said:

As Brit man says above, Many people dont realize at Cambodia u go to one office to get ur voa

BUT another office to get stamped in/out

 

Ignorance is not always the officials fault. Been in an out of Cambodia dozens and dozens of times at all borders.

Agree. My fault. I got disoriented by the chaos going here + on top would never think one would be able to enter a country without a stamp and anyone stopping you crossing the border technically illegal. 

 

What's more, surprisingly, the officials seamed very pleased to help me out to get the stamp through the back door for a bribe. 

 

That's why it got me thinking it was a scam...

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31 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Bus to Siam Reap ($7), then plane to Bangkok (3,000bht).

No Cambodian entry stamp in your passport is not a scam, VISA purchase and Cambodian border control are two different buildings, you buy your VISA (room empty) then walk another 50m to the border entry (room packed) for the entry stamp.

 

24 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

Go to a different border crossing and enter the country. The Poi Pet crossing is known to make problems for people trying to enter the country.

The nearest crossing is the Ban Laem crossing south of Poi Pet.

Map showing where it is located. https://goo.gl/maps/AtTBypzBghk

Thanks for quick reply. 

 

Just to make sure.. 

Is this issue really only in poipet? 

 

I got across this 

 

Its old but it says that all border check points on Cambodian border are no go! 

Is that not an issue anymore? 

Especially ban leam. 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, kd2000 said:

Its old but it says that all border check points on Cambodian border are no go! 

Yes very old.

It was that way for a short period of time. 

Since the rule limiting visa exempt entries at land border crossings to 2 per calendar year went into effect on January 1st 2016 it has been less of a problem at most border crossing.

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1 hour ago, BritManToo said:

Bus to Siam Reap ($7), then plane to Bangkok (3,000bht).

It seams to cost about that on the net..

How to buy that flight from Cambodia?

Do you guys know if I will be able to purchase it at the airport directly from Air Asia office if there is any? 

 

I'm guessing a safe trip to sr is no more an option tonight? 

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1 minute ago, kd2000 said:

It seams to cost about that on the net..

How to buy that flight from Cambodia?

Do you guys know if I will be able to purchase it at the airport directly from Air Asia office if there is any? 

 

I'm guessing a safe trip to sr is no more an option tonight? 

Bus and Vans leave every hour, just ask at any of the 'Travel agents' dotted around (3hr journey).

I can recommend the Garden Village Guesthouse and Pool Bar in SR, double room (fan) $10/night with aircon $12/night.

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57 minutes ago, kd2000 said:

Agree. My fault. I got disoriented by the chaos going here + on top would never think one would be able to enter a country without a stamp and anyone stopping you crossing the border technically illegal. 

 

What's more, surprisingly, the officials seamed very pleased to help me out to get the stamp through the back door for a bribe. 

 

That's why it got me thinking it was a scam...

I believe it was a scam. The last time I passed through Poipet there was a guy near the Cambodian immigration entry requesting to see passports and insisting that the Cambodian VOA had to be used same day issued and I would encounter an overstay issue.

My visa was 2 days old , having remained in the casino area.

 

I ignored him and proceeded through the Cambodian immigration with no problems. 

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3 minutes ago, cleopatra2 said:

there was a guy near the Cambodian immigration entry requesting to see passports and insisting that the Cambodian VOA had to be used same day issued and I would encounter an overstay issue.

Precisely so

 

My guess is they are letting people without stamp in purpose so to get them charged as for overstay later on.. 

Which border crossing point at which country would make it so easy to allow people to enter without a stamp?! 

3 minutes ago, cleopatra2 said:

 

 

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1 minute ago, kd2000 said:

Precisely so

 

My guess is they are letting people without stamp in purpose so to get them charged as for overstay later on.. 

Which border crossing point at which country would make it so easy to allow people to enter without a stamp?! 

 

On the other hand, who enters any Asian country without checking the stamp in their passport (and how long they can stay)?

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got stopped there myself. unless you have a hotel booking and ticket out or a lot of cash on you they want you to go to siam reap and fly

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