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Cambodian VOA at Hat Lek / Koh Kong

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Not a complaint about the 20 baht just a complaint that I had to leave the queue at the immigration window to go and get this pointless piece of paper and then queue again which added 40 minutes to my entry processing.
Last year when I was at the same crossing I got the "health check" before queueing at the entry window and handed it over with my passport but the health check was given back immediately and I was told that it wasn't needed.
This time when I handed over the passport without the health check the official told me to go and get it as it is required.
Just giving people the heads up on the current situation.

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On 22/02/2018 at 5:03 AM, GJBTH said:

Yesterday, 21-Feb-2018, at Cham Yeam Border I was told by the immigration official that I had to get the "fake" health check certificate (20 baht) or he would not process my e-visa.
I assume that it also applied to anyone wanting a VOA.

The health check is just a man pointing the laser thermometer at you at the counter to the left of the immigration windows.
On previous visits it was obviously bogus and not an official looking document but this time it actually looked more "official" and they even bother to stamp it with the date.

It may well be a requirement as it is in other Asian countries but the payment is just a con.

 

If you enter Vietnam at Ha Tien without a vaccination form they put the laser on you and charge a dollar.

  Maybe there's some secret Cambodian disease.

 

 

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On 3/29/2018 at 10:31 AM, my friend I said:

If you enter Vietnam at Ha Tien without a vaccination form they put the laser on you and charge a dollar.

  Maybe there's some secret Cambodian disease.

 

 

Nonsense. There are no vaccinations required to enter Vietnam other than the yellow fever vax if you have been in an endemic area within the last 6 days ONLY. However, this does not apply if you are entering overland. They may ask you if you arrive by air, but it's unlikely as there are no direct flights from endemic countries in Africa and South America to Vietnam. Generally speaking only citizens of countries where yellow fever is endemic may be asked for a yellow fever cert. when entering Vietnam.

 

I have entered Vietnam at Ha Tien. There was no health form when I went through last time but if they charge you a dollar for a laser thingy now then not a big deal, just another scam. Last year I went to Vietnam twice overland from Cambodia (not Ha Tien) and unlike the Cambodians, there is no health check scam. In past years in the aftermath of the bird flu "pandemic" which wasn't a pandemic there were temperature sensors at some border crossings, though I don't recall any at any land border crossings, only at the airport. China is the only country in the region where I recall these sensors being in place at every border crossing, land/sea/airport and they continue to be used at present.

 

Cambodia also only operates the health scam at some border crossings, not all. Koh Kong is one (if you arrive by car you are unlikely to be asked) and Poipet is another, but they always target westerners and never locals.

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12 hours ago, jimster said:

Nonsense. There are no vaccinations required to enter Vietnam other than the yellow fever vax if you have been in an endemic area within the last 6 days ONLY. However, this does not apply if you are entering overland. They may ask you if you arrive by air, but it's unlikely as there are no direct flights from endemic countries in Africa and South America to Vietnam. Generally speaking only citizens of countries where yellow fever is endemic may be asked for a yellow fever cert. when entering Vietnam.

 

I have entered Vietnam at Ha Tien. There was no health form when I went through last time but if they charge you a dollar for a laser thingy now then not a big deal, just another scam. Last year I went to Vietnam twice overland from Cambodia (not Ha Tien) and unlike the Cambodians, there is no health check scam. In past years in the aftermath of the bird flu "pandemic" which wasn't a pandemic there were temperature sensors at some border crossings, though I don't recall any at any land border crossings, only at the airport. China is the only country in the region where I recall these sensors being in place at every border crossing, land/sea/airport and they continue to be used at present.

 

Cambodia also only operates the health scam at some border crossings, not all. Koh Kong is one (if you arrive by car you are unlikely to be asked) and Poipet is another, but they always target westerners and never locals.

It is not nonsense. I am talking about now not sometime in the distant past. There is a printed form that everyone is required to complete.

 They also spray the tyres and bottom of any vehicles entering Vietnam.

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4 hours ago, my friend I said:

It is not nonsense. I am talking about now not sometime in the distant past. There is a printed form that everyone is required to complete.

 They also spray the tyres and bottom of any vehicles entering Vietnam.

I went there recently and there is no such rule. It's only for yellow fever period.

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The health scam that has being going on for years is still there at koh Kong, cheeky sods have even built an official looking shed, they asked me for 20bht as usual and as usual declined. I went up to the window to get my e visa stamped and the bloke promptly closed it, went to another and got behind a family who were taking forever to get stamped in, they are no better than your average gangster at koh Kong, I never got in for less than 1500 bht or $40 in the 10year I been using this border, always use e visa these days.

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never paid more than $20 or $30 when it went up the past 14 years been using KK border,

u must have sucker stamped on ur face LoL

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yes,  me and thousands others who  get suckered daily, you  must  have connections getting  away  with  paying the correct  fee. One time when they  tried to  charge  me $30 when it was $ 20 for the visa a while  ago, I said  no,  only  pay 20, they  took  me inside the Hut. 4 of em,(IO allegedly) and were very intimidating dressed in there white vests, when I tried to look at the visa  stickers  cos  I knew it was $20 not 30 , they threw my passport  back at me and said go back to Thailand, can't go to Cambodia!! I went  back to the Thai  border, they  said you can't come back  without a Cambodia in out stamp, went back to the  Cambodia border, this time they accepted $20 for the visa, someone  made a phone call obviously, as I said  before , Absolute <deleted> at koh Kong Cambodian border. 

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Please keep it civil.

 

There have been literally dozens of reports from dozens of different people of scams and rip offs at that particular crossing.

 

It does seem to go a little better if you have the correct amount in USD but even so, people do regularly get shaken down for more or else have to spend a lot of time arguing.  I very much doubt it is due to their appearance or manner given the sheer numbers reporting this.

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True that they are not very nice at this border, but true also that it's possible to "manage them" to avoid paying more...

 

 

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