Passports and Visas

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Passports and Visas

One-month tourist visas, which cost $20, are available at all border crossings and at the airports. You'll need two passport photos—if you don't have any with you, it's an added $5 to have them made there (no added wait). If you want to cross into Laos from Cambodia, you'll need to secure your visa to Laos in advance, as they are not available at the border. Border crossings are open daily 7:30 to 11:30 and 2 to 5.

Unfortunately, travelers report corruption at many border crossings. Cambodian authorities often will ask for a $1 fee at the Laos border, or for Thai B1,200 or more (well above the legal $20 fee for a tourist visa) at the Thailand crossings. Ignore them and head straight to the border (a short walk from where the buses leave you) where you will find the appropriate offices and authorities—and in high season, several long queues. You need one completely blank page in your passport in order to get a tourist Visa.

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