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Hi, I'll be taking my first trip to Cambodia later this month, entering Phnom Penh on a flight from Thailand. I'll be getting there late afternoon.

Is there any benefit to getting an e-visa instead of a visa on arrival? What would I need to get a visa on arrival, other than a passport photo? And lastly, what scams should I be aware of?

Thanks!

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e-visa now costs $40 with the processing fee and card fee.

It saves a little time on arrival but the VOA process is usually pretty efficient.

Costs $30 - you just need to complete the visa application and entry forms and have a passport size photo.

No scams at the airport, just make sure you pick the MFAIC site if you go the e-visa route. https://www.evisa.gov.kh/ContactInformation.aspx

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As above, though in my experience the delays at the airport can be sometimes be considerable. Advantage of the e-visa is that it saves all that.

Another advantage is that it avoids using up a page in your passport, if your passport is close to full this is helpful.

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My Thai wife and I will be passing through the remote Lower Isaan border of Choam Sa Ngam / Anlong Veng in a couple of weeks time for a 5 day visit. My Thai wife's passport expires in March 2015. I will not be able to use an e-Visa going in through that border.

I have done this trip several times myself, but can anyone confirm that my Thai wife will not need to have 6 months unexpired on her passport. I am assuming not, as I think she will not need a Cambodian visa or visa on arrival for a trip of less than 14 days?

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Your wife doesn't need a passport at all; as long as she has Thai national ID - she can enter Cambodia for up to 14 days without issue.

I'm sure that crossing is the same as Chong Chom. The Thai army and Thai immigration will let no one exit or enter Thailand with out a valid passport and no border pass or id allowed. She needs a pass port and no e-visa allowed at Choam Sa Ngam. Also Cambodia tends to inforce the 6 months left on passport, your wives only has 5 months as of now. She needs a new passport.Your wives needs to go to Ubon and get a new passport.

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as thai passports are rather quick ( usually less than a week and mailed to you)

just apply for a new one

when i crossed into Cambodia with my daughter on her thai passport, she was stamped in

so i would assume everyone NEEDS a passport ( unless their just going to the local market) to enter

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as thai passports are rather quick ( usually less than a week and mailed to you)

just apply for a new one

when i crossed into Cambodia with my daughter on her thai passport, she was stamped in

so i would assume everyone NEEDS a passport ( unless their just going to the local market) to enter

Even the local market now requires a passport no exception.

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Thanks guys. Had a funny feeling that things might be much tighter now - probably better to be safe rather than sorry anyway.

Is the Ubon passport office still in that complex of Government offices on the other side of the main drag from Thung si Meuang ('Candle Park'). Just 'Lined' my wives (sic above laugh.png ) to come back from the beauty salon and we'll high-tail it over to Ubon later. Assume they will do the photos of my concubine at the passport office, so I'll just take the 'big binder' with all the usual important documents and all their old passports.

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Have now found tel no on ThaiV so presumably I can find out for myself.

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Ubon passport office has moved in the last 4 years since I last went (to the Yaso road 4 km outside the Ring Road) and the phone no I found on ThaiV.com no longer works. Presumably the Redshirt conflagration changed all the Government office accommodations.

No doubt there is a more recent thread that I was unable to locate. Will post details for avoidance of doubt when I get back

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Ubon passport office has moved in the last 4 years since I last went (to the Yaso road 4 km outside the Ring Road) and the phone no I found on ThaiV.com no longer works. Presumably the Redshirt conflagration changed all the Government office accommodations.

No doubt there is a more recent thread that I was unable to locate. Will post details for avoidance of doubt when I get back

Yes Udon PP office did move. My wife and a friend were there about 3 months back renewing theirs. Sorry I can give you the location but I understand its close by the old location. My wife's friend works for a Thai organization that coordinates workshops on the local level between Thailand,Cambodia and Lao. This friend spends time in Cambodia and Lao, it was she that was stopped at Chong Chom from crossing when it was pointed out that she only had 4 months on her pp and could not enter. OOP's she told the wife that evening that she had to go to Ubon to renew. My wife decided to look at her pp and said in Thai #@$! my pp has expired I need new. So 4 the next day off to the PP office in Udon from KC. Girls day out. I recall 1000 bt and 40 bt for ems 6 days.

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Ubon passport office has moved in the last 4 years since I last went (to the Yaso road 4 km outside the Ring Road) and the phone no I found on ThaiV.com no longer works. Presumably the Redshirt conflagration changed all the Government office accommodations.

No doubt there is a more recent thread that I was unable to locate. Will post details for avoidance of doubt when I get back

Yes Udon PP office did move. My wife and a friend were there about 3 months back renewing theirs. Sorry I can give you the location but I understand its close by the old location. My wife's friend works for a Thai organization that coordinates workshops on the local level between Thailand,Cambodia and Lao. This friend spends time in Cambodia and Lao, it was she that was stopped at Chong Chom from crossing when it was pointed out that she only had 4 months on her pp and could not enter. OOP's she told the wife that evening that she had to go to Ubon to renew. My wife decided to look at her pp and said in Thai #@$! my pp has expired I need new. So 4 the next day off to the PP office in Udon from KC. Girls day out. I recall 1000 bt and 40 bt for ems 6 days.

Ubon passport office is in the new City Hall 3km north of the Ring Road on the Yasothon highway (where the grand edifice straddling the road stands). Can't miss the huge white City Hall. Park up at the back and enter by the rear turning right along the ground floor after entry. Tel 045 344581. 8:30 to 16:30 with no lunch break.

At those prices (1,040 baht including EMS and photo) and with that efficiency of process (10 minutes) I aint complainin' that the last one only lasted 4 years 7 months!

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