Business Visa - Cambodia
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Oct 8, 2012 8:40 PM Last Post By: kandalgirl
Oct 2, 2012 3:40 AM
Business Visa - CambodiaHi,
I have received my business visa to Cambodia today and I am a little surprised: on the application, I had written that I'd enter the country in early November and I would leave in late January. However, the visa states that it is valid from September to December. Is there a known reason for the dates not being what I requested? Could it be because I applied for it too early?
Oct 2, 2012 5:12 AM
Oct 2, 2012 5:15 AM
2If I have understood correctly there is no problem - the date you have applies to when you must activate your visa on entering Cambodia and not the date you must exit.
Having said that I am not sure how long you are allowed to stay on the business visa or if you will still need to extend/renew the visa whilst you are in Cambodia
Oct 2, 2012 7:06 AM
3last Friday i applied for a Business Visa at their Embassy in H.C.M.City
Collected it to-day, It is for 3 months. The commencing date and expiring dates are stated
The commencement date is not when i stated 3 weeks hence but from the date i applied .
I did not query this as i only plan tn stay 6 weeks .
Cost was about $7 more than a 30 day Visa
Oct 2, 2012 8:04 AM
4Probably best to ignore what I have said and check if the dates relate to when you can enter Cambodia or when you can actually be in the country
Oct 2, 2012 8:59 AM
Oct 2, 2012 1:30 PM
6Well I've already got the visa ! We arrive late at night and I didn't want to have to queue for ages at the airport but maybe I should have done that instead! Anyway, thank you all for your prompt answers, I hope I'll find out soon whether the dates are the validity of the moment when I enter the country or the validity of the visa itself. Well, I can always extend it, so nothing to worry about I suppose. And let the holidays begin!
Oct 2, 2012 1:31 PM
Oct 2, 2012 2:38 PM
Oct 2, 2012 6:39 PM
9If you check the visa carefully,you will find that the period of 3 months is the period during which it is valid for entry to Cambodia.Make sure the visa is for "Business" or "E" class.Upon arrival,you will get an entry stamp for 1 month from the date of arrival.Once in Cambodia you will need to get an extension,and really it's much easier to get an agency to do this for you.A 12 month multi entry visa is around 285USD,6 month multi entry is around 160USD, and a 3 month single entry(multi not available) is around 90USD.This is an extension-so it's in addition to your initial month
Re #3-your visa is not for 3 months,it's the period of validity of the initial entry,you will need to extend the visa once in Cambodia.All initial visas for Cambodia are valid for 1 month,it's not possible to get longer validity visas on the first application.
Oct 2, 2012 8:00 PM
Oct 2, 2012 10:47 PM
11Re #3-your visa is not for 3 months,it's the period of validity of the initial entry,you will need to extend the visa once in Cambodia.All initial visas for Cambodia are valid for 1 month,it's not possible to get longer validity visas on the first application.
That's what I was thinking. There is another, worse, possibility. I've heard of Cambodian Embassies issuing 3 or six month visas which are completely invalid. If the OP got one of these they'll have to get another visa when they arrive. I don't see the point in getting a visa in advance anyway unless you're from one of the few countries that can't get one on arrival.
Oct 3, 2012 12:51 AM
12Yes-really the main advantage in getting one in advance is to avoid rip off visa fees at certain border crossings-notably Hat Lek (Trat-Koh Kong) If you've already got a visa then they have to accept it and can't demand a ridiculous amount-normally at Hat Lek they want 1200THB-double the actual amount.Also,it does save time sometimes,I've seen queues of 30-40 people at some border crossings at peak times,waiting to get visas, even at Phnom Penh airport,if you already have a visa.you can just go straight to Immigration.Now that the Cambodian authorities take everyone's fingerprints and photograph that adds considerable waiting time as well.
Oct 3, 2012 3:43 AM
Oct 3, 2012 4:32 AM
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