Some time ago, Pakistanis needed to obtain Cambodia visa from an embassy before arriving at any Cambodian airport. The easiest was and still is their embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
But recently, they have launched their e-visa and also have listed Pakistan as a country not just eligible for e-visa but for also for visa on arrival. Given the treatment at the immigration on the airport reported by travellers from Pakistan; it is advised to already be in possession of visa before hand. Either e-visa or from the embassy in Bangkok. Disclaimer: Although this guide does not guarantee any one a visa but it will guide you through both the methods to obtain a Cambodian visa.
HOW TO APPLY E-VISA
The process is simple and self explanatory. Submit your application on their e-visa website. It has 2 simple steps:
- Filling the form. The form will ask you the following questions:
- Personal information
- Photo; have the softcopy of a recent photo ready to upload
- Contact details
- Address during visit; have the hotel dummy reservation handy
- Passport details
- Travel details, which includes the airport you wish to enter from, and your intended date of entry in Cambodia
- Paying the visa fee. Visa fee is $36, which you will be required to pay before submitting the application
How many days it takes: 3 working days
Visa validity: 3 months from issue date
Tip: Email the e-visa department at firstname.lastname@example.org and they are usually quick to reply.
HOW TO OBTAIN VISA FROM BANGKOK
It may seem difficult to be in a city you are not familiar with and go through the process of finding the embassy, getting there, dealing with the officers and getting the visa. You will indeed feel uncertain about it. But let me assure you it is very easy to get this visa in Bangkok, specially with the information below.
Documents You Need To Take To The Embassy:
- Passport: Current & all previous passports
- Photocopy of first two pages of passport: in case you forget this, there is a photocopy shop right besides the embassy.
- 1 Photo
- Visa application form: you will find it at the embassy only, all you have to do is fill it
- Hotel booking: this is not mandatory, but on a Pakistani passport, they can ask. Play safe & take it.
- Return ticket out of Cambodia: this is not mandatory, but on a Pakistani passport, they can ask. Play safe & take it.
- Visa fee: 1200 Bhat (~36 dollars)
How To Get To The Embassy
- Address: 518/4, Pracha Uthit Road, Soi Ramkamhaeng 39, Wangtonglang, Bangkok 10310.
- Contact: Local 02-957-5851, International +66-2-957-5851
- Timings: 8AM-6PM, Monday to Friday
- Directions: The embassy is not accessible by metro/subway. Unless you are well-versed with public bus routes, it is recommended to grab a taxi. I requested the desk at my hostel to write me this address in Thai, so I can show it to cab guy, and avoid language problem. They also gave me an estimation of how much should the fare be. Now you also have an option to user Uber. If you are staying somewhere on Sukhumwit (which is a central location in the city), it should take about 30-40 minutes including traffic to reach the embassy, costing about 200 Bhat in fare.
MapTaken from Google Maps
You cant miss the embassy building
What to expect: the area where the embassy is located is safe and fairly busy; there is a super mart, photo studio, ATM, photocopy shop and gas station right besides. The embassy folks are friendly, they let you in with a basic security, most of the times travellers report there is only a small queue and hence not long of a waiting. I went in, filled the form, and realised I forgot photocopy of passport, they let me out, I got it done from the shop on the right and went back in. And got my visa.
- How much time will they take: approx. 20 minutes
- Will they do an interview: no.
- Visa validity: 3 months from issue date
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