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Safety in Cambodia
Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. There have been some cases of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in poultry in Cambodia.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months . Tourist visas issued by a Royal Cambodian Embassy abroad may appear to have a longer validity than 1 month. The validity of the visa refers to time you have to enter Cambodia. The visa is valid for 30 days from the actual date of entry into Cambodia. Make sure your passport is stamped on arrival, and keep the departure form. If you lose your departure form, you’ll need to contact immigration officials before you leave the country to make alternative arrangements.
You can get a visa on arrival in Cambodia at the Dom Krolor checkpoint. There is also a river checkpoint at Vern Kham (9 km from the road checkpoint) but you can’t get a visa at this border crossing.
You can be fined, detained and deported if you overstay your visa. There is a fine of $10 per day for overstaying the validity term of your visa. There is no limit to this fine. Those who overstay more than 30 days will be required to leave Cambodia in addition to paying the fine.
Once you have your first 30-day ordinary visa for Cambodia, you can extend it from inside the country for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. More details here
Is Cambodia Safe? From Travel Blogger Jolene Ejmont:
People still question whether Cambodia is safe or not. Given its depressing history and the fact that landmines are still being uncovered in this day and age, I guess it is a fair question to ask. Be rest assured though that all touristy areas of Cambodia have been cleared from landmines. Despite its history of killings, Cambodia in 2016 is a perfectly safe country to visit, more safe I would say that a lot of other countries. Whilst we recommend exercising normal precautions to look after your belongings as you explore; just as you would in any other country; we found nothing but friendly, happy, smiling people who welcomed us with open arms to their country. We felt safe, safe enough to explore the majority of the major tourist destinations on our own terms, without having to be in tour groups or with guides. More here
Foreigners present an attractive target for criminals. Violent crime is rare, although weapons have been used during robberies against foreigners. Although most visits are trouble-free.
Be vigilant, particularly in and around late night bars and don’t leave drinks unattended. Parties, including organised dance parties on islands off the coast of Sihanoukville as well as in other locations, may place you at risk of sexual assault, robbery, injury, arrest, and lost belongings, including travel documents.
Travelling as a passenger by motorcycle taxi (‘motodop’) is dangerous. Vehicles are poorly maintained and driving standards are low. There is also a risk of bag snatching, particularly in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.
Cambodia has one of the highest rates of road traffic accidents in the region. There are high numbers of fatalities and serious injuries. You’ll need a Cambodian driving licence to drive a vehicle, including a motorcycle. If you have an International Driving Permit, you can apply for a Cambodian licence.
Don’t board a vessel if you think it is overloaded. Life-vests and other safety equipment are not routinely provided, even on modern vessels. There have been attacks against ships in the South China Sea and surrounding seas.
Adventurous activities and swimming
If you’re considering jungle trekking, use a reputable tour guide. There’s no licensing system for tour guides, so seek advice from other travellers, your hotel and look at online reviews before hiring a guide. Take care when swimming, diving, kayaking or white water rafting in rivers or close to waterfalls, particularly in the rainy season from May to October. Check a dive operator’s credentials carefully before using them and make sure you’re covered by your insurance.
Cambodia will hold commune elections in June 2017 with a general election taking place in July 2018. It’s likely that political tensions will increase further in the run-up to these 2 events as CPP and CNRP begin their campaigning.
Cambodia remains heavily affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance. Mined areas are often unmarked. Don’t stray off main routes in rural areas, including around temple complexes and don’t pick up metal objects.
While there is good internet, wifi and mobile phone coverage in the main cities and towns of Cambodia, many of the islands and remote areas may not be covered. Make sure your friends and family are aware that you may be out of contact.
Be especially alert to the local security situation in border regions and at land crossings between countries. Seek local advice before you set off.
Heavy storms during the monsoon can cause disruption and damage including flooding and landslides. Travel to some provinces can be seriously disrupted during this time.