How to get visa and passport photos in Phnom Penh

One has plenty of reasons to need lots of passport photos in Cambodia. You’ll need one just to get into the country, every time you renew your visa, when you try to enter many of the neighboring countries, and even for job applications. So you may be wondering where you can get passport photos made in Phnom Penh. Never fear, it’s fast, painless, and ten times cheaper than at home.

Girl cutting passport photos at Good Luck Printing Phnom Penh

Unlike at home, they’ll even cut your passport photos for you in Cambodia.

You can get passport photos made at any of the photo shops in town. You can recognize these by the giant cheesecake portraits of couples and women in traditional Cambodian dress posted outside. They will usually say “photo shop” and have pictures of photographs or printers on the outside. There are photo shops every few blocks all over central Phnom Penh. On Sihanouk Boulevard, just next to the corner of Street 51, there are three photo shops next to each other. I’ve used them all and they all do the job (addresses and phone numbers below).

The best part about getting passport photos in Cambodia is that they have suits and ties at the photo shop that you can wear if you so desire (and it’s not a bad idea if you’re applying for a job in Cambodia). Also, despite passport regulations in many countries, Cambodian photo shops have no compunction about using Photoshop to remove any unsightly blemishes.

Photo shops on Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh

A bank of three photo shops on Sihanouk Blvd next to the corner of Street 51, Phnom Penh.

Passport photos cost 5,000 riel ($1.25) for four photos. You may be quoted as much as $3 or $4, but be assured that that going rate is 5,000 riel. They may suggest you pay $2 if you want 30-minute service. In most cases, if you decline and just wait, they will give them to you for 5,000 riel in 15 minutes.

If you’re using the photos for visas, any of the regular sizes are fine. However, if you are getting a new passport be aware that your country has specific requirements that the photo shops might not be aware of. It’s best to bring instructions for what you need for your photo if you are getting a new passport. You can find guidelines for your country on your government’s website. Here are a few: US passport photos, Australia passport photos, and UK passport photos.

Good Luck Printing

84 Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: 023 721 222; 092 814 889

Kim Long Photo Digital

Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: 023 721 144

Lucky Digital Printing

Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: 012 430 228; 023 213 215

6 Responses to How to get visa and passport photos in Phnom Penh

  1. Nat says:

    Thanks! This was really helpful. The quality of the photos is excellent too- much better than my home country at a fraction of the price

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