How to get a visa for Thailand in Cambodia

If you’re headed to Thailand after Cambodia, you won’t necessarily need to get a visa in advance. Thailand offers a 30-day visa-free stay for 48 nationalities if you enter the country by plane (these can be extended once for an additional 30 days). However, if you’re traveling overland, unless you’re from one of the G7 countries, which includes the US, UK, and Canada, you’ll only get a 15-day exemption at any of the border crossings. So if you’d like to stay longer, you’ll need to get a visa for Thailand in Cambodia.

Bangkok Royal Palace

Heading to Thailand?

If you are planning to get a visa for Thailand while you’re in Cambodia, it might seem to make the most sense to go to the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh. However, the Phnom Penh Thai Embassy is known for being one of the strictest in the region, and the Internet is filled with complaints by travelers who have had a difficult time dealing with the Thai consulate there.

If you want to get your visa directly from the Thai Embassy, it’s possible to get a 60-day tourist visa for Thailand in Phnom Penh for most nationalities, including Americans, Irish, British and Australians. Generally the visas issued are single entry, but some have reported getting double entry visas (if you really need a double entry visa, you’re better off applying in Laos). Application forms are available at the embassy or online (PDF). You’ll need to have your passport, two photographs (here’s where you can get passport photographs in Phnom Penh) your proposed address in Thailand, your date of arrival, your means of arrival and proof of onward travel. The visa takes four days and costs $60. If you do not have the above information, particularly proof of onward travel, they will not issue you a visa.

If you don’t have your required documentation, you can pay the guard outside the Thai Embassy a $15 “fee” and he will get your visa for you. This is a popular option for many travelers who don’t want to deal with the hassle of the consular office. However, this option is more expensive than using a travel agent, takes four days to process, and still requires you to hoof it back and forth to the embassy.

Royal Thai Embassy, Phnom Penh

Royal Thai Embassy, Phnom Penh. Feel free to skip it.

It’s cheaper and easier to use a travel agent. Any travel agent in Phnom Penh (or anywhere in Cambodia) can get you a Thai visa for a couple of bucks extra. We did a price check with expat favorite for visa and license issues, Lucky! Lucky! Motorcycle Shop.

They quoted us:
Single entry 60-day tourist visa with 4-day processing: $43
Single entry 60-day tourist visa with 3-day processing: $47
Single entry 60-day tourist visa with 2-day processing: $58

If you’re using a travel agent in Siem Reap and beyond you’ll pay a few dollars more to cover the cost of sending your passport to the embassy in Phnom Penh.

It’s important to note that the current Thai government is cracking down on expats who are attempting to live in Thailand using successive tourist visas. If you have been living in Thailand on a tourist visa and are traveling there from Cambodia, you should probably secure a visa in advance rather than risk being denied entry at the border.

Royal Thai Embassy, Phnom Penh

Hours for visa applications: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Hours for visa collection: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

196 Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: 023 726 306

Lucky! Lucky! Motorcycle Shop

413Eo Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
099 808 788; 012 279 990

80 Responses to How to get a visa for Thailand in Cambodia

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  1. Lao Hua says:

    Hi sir:
    My family come from China to Cambodia, now they want to go to Thailand n need to Visa, So can they take their passport to The Royal Thai Embassy to do the Visa? n how many days they can get the Visa?

  2. Fahri says:

    came from Canada with two month Turist visa then I extend another therty days I need to stay in Thailand
    Another 60 days.
    Can I get 60 days visa from Thai ambassy in Hanoi or Cambodia ?

  3. Rajat says:

    I am Rajat , from India . I have my tourist visa for 2 months stay in Thailand and if I want to extend for another 2 months what would be your suggestion . Please let me know

  4. Stephen Bland says:

    My wife and I plan to cross into Thailand from Siam Reap and catch the train to Bangkok then on to Singapore where we will purchase our flight home. As we will be making stops throughout the trip we will not be finalising our departure from Singapore until nearer the end of our trip. My question is can we obtain a transit visa at the Thai Cambodia border with no onward ticket. We will have more than adequate funds and the usual credit cards and travel debit cards.

  5. david marsden says:

    Going to thailand for 157 days in october , i go every winter but the rules have now changed , do not have £5000 in my bank for the last 6 months , so i am going to apply for a single entry tourist visa in England , & then another when in thailand what are my best options
    I dtay in Surin province with my partner

  6. Suzanne Ghekiere says:


    When we go trough a travel agent do we always get a 60 day tourist visa?
    Proof of onward travel needs to be within those 60 days right?

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