Approximately 6,500 South African passport holders visited Cambodia over the course of 2018. Most of them did it for leisure, although around 8% traveled for business purposes, which shows the importance of the current eVisa for trouble-free travels to Cambodia from South Africa.
The rich history and culture and impressive landscape of Cambodia has become this Southeast Asian nation in a popular tourist destination for travelers from countries all over the world. With its stunning scenery, ancient heritage and wonderful food, Cambodia has something to entertain every visitor.
To make their trips even easier, South African citizens planning to visit Cambodia can avail of the Cambodian eVisa for South Africans. Among the various Cambodian visa types available to travelers, the eVisa is the easiest to obtain, most convenient, and most appropriate type for anyone traveling to Cambodia for tourism or on vacation. The Cambodia electronic visa can be obtained entirely online, from the comfort of the applicant’s home or office.
Application Process for South African Citizens
The process of applying for a Cambodian eVisa from South Africa is quick, simple, and only requires applicants to complete and submit a straightforward, 10-minute online form.
Applicants need to fill in a range of basic personal information, including their full name, passport details, intended purpose in visiting Cambodia, and relationship to any residents of Cambodia (if applicable).
Travelers are also required to provide some details regarding their health status and criminal record. Applicants are strongly encouraged to verify that all the information they supply is correct before they submit their online form, as any details entered incorrectly on the form may lead to a delay in processing the application.
To complete the Cambodian eVisa online application process, applicants will need to accept the terms and conditions of the application and use a debit or credit card to pay the application processing fee.
The supporting documents required for the application (a passport-size digital photo and a scan of the biographical page of the applicant’s passport) may be uploaded either before or after the application has been submitted.
Processing Times and Maximum Stay for South African Nationals
Once the application is sent, the Cambodian eVisa for South Africans will usually be delivered within 3 days or less, though the processing time is often only a matter of hours. However, processing can occasionally take up to 4 days. As such, South Africans intending to travel on a Cambodia online visa should ensure that their eVisa application is submitted at least 4 days before their planned date of departure.
Once issued, the Cambodian eVisa for South Africans, commonly known as the “T” visa or tourist visa, will be valid for 3 months and will allow the bearer to remain in Cambodia for a maximum of 30 days. For South African nationals wishing to stay longer, the Cambodian eVisa can be extended for an additional 30 days from within Cambodia.
Travelers who obtain the Cambodia eVisa online are permitted to enter Cambodia from around the world through the international airports of Siem Reap, Phnon Penh and Sihanoukville, or from the neighboring countries of Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos by land (Cham Yeam, Poi Pet, Bavet or Tropaeng Kreal Border Post).
Parents and guardians traveling from South Africa to Cambodia with minors should note that all travelers must obtain their own Cambodian eVisa for South Africans, but that they may submit an eVisa application on behalf of a minor in their care.
Online Visa Requirements for South African Citizens
Visa requirements for South Africans stipulate that in order to receive the Cambodian electronic visa, applicants must be able to provide the following:
- Valid South African passport: this passport must be valid when the eVisa application is submitted, and additionally, must remain valid for at least 6 months following the holder’s intended arrival date in Cambodia.
- Digital photo: this must be a headshot in JPEG or PNG format that conforms to all the standard passport photo requirements, i.e., correct composition, size, lighting, and facial expression. Along with this photo, applicants must also supply a scan or photo of the biographical page of their passport.
- Valid email address: this is the address to which the electronic Cambodian visa will be sent. Once the Cambodian online visa for South Africans has been received, it should be printed out and carried in hard copy for presentation at Cambodian immigration control.
Cambodian Visa on Arrival for South African Passport Holders
An alternative to the eVisa is the Cambodian visa on arrival, also available to South African travelers. However, visitors may find it less convenient to obtain their visa on arrival (VoA) than online for a number of reasons, such as:
- For a VoA, the application fee must be paid in cash, using exact change, in person at the port of entry.
- Travelers will need to provide a physical passport-standard photo of themselves along with their application.
- At most Cambodian ports of entry, there is usually a queue to submit applications at the immigration desk.
Vaccination Requirements for Cambodia
South African nationals should be aware that a considerable number of vaccinations are advised for travelers visiting Cambodia, including the ones related to hepatitis A and B, shingles, measles, polio, and more. It is recommended that South Africans traveling to Cambodia visit their doctor at least 6 weeks before their trip to arrange these vaccinations.
In general, it is a good idea to follow news from Cambodia before a trip in order to keep informed of the general health and safety situation in the country.