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Just got Double Entry Tourist Visa from Phnom Penh.

 

Had 3 previous Double Entry Tourist visa from Laos in my passport, wouldn't risk going to Laos again.

Likely denied another visa, and only get 15 days VOA so ...

 

Just back from Cambodia. Went with one of Pattaya's leading visa agents.

Was told 'would only get a single entry tourist visa'.

Stayed at the Casino hotel, just inside the border of Pong Nam Ron.

After one night our passports returned - all got Double entry from Phnom Penh.

 

Vientiane Laos: for those who still prefer to go there for another visa

if one already have 2 or more visa from Vientiane - rejection is likely - unless:

apply and use a brand new Passport, and Vientiane will probably issue another double entry visa.

This is what I did last time they started their 'red stamp' 2 years ago.

 

Why bother with a 9 hour long trip to Laos - when Cambodia is only 2,5 hour away,

and the cost with visa agents are the same for both trips.

 

Enjoy this while it last - 01 April 2011 Visa Fee starts again, and other changes may follow.

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Just got Double Entry Tourist Visa from Phnom Penh.

 

Had 3 previous Double Entry Tourist visa from Laos in my passport, wouldn't risk going to Laos again.

Likely denied another visa, and only get 15 days VOA so ...

 

Just back from Cambodia. Went with one of Pattaya's leading visa agents.

Was told 'would only get a single entry tourist visa'.

......................................................

 

 

That's good news, were here now!

 

Good news for those doing the overnight border run with Agents. That's back as it was then.

 

I wonder if you can get them here on the ground in PP though?

 

Fortunately not required this time. :GoldenSmile1:

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Thai Visa – Phnom Penh – 24 March 2011

 

Just back from a week in Cambodia, so here’s the latest on the Thai Tourist Visa (Bearing in mind that the Tourist Visa is still “free”).

 

In Phnom Penh you have 3 options:

 

1. Travel Agents:

 

Some say they cannot get a double entry visa. Some make a phone call (not sure if they call the same person) and say they can. They charge US$35 and say it will take 4 working days. They assured me that they could get a double entry, but you will not really know until you get it back! A more speedier service will cost more (can’t remember exactly but it’s something like $40 – 3 days, $45 – 2 days, $50 – 1 day).

 

2. Apply yourself at the Thai Embassy:

 

A single entry Visa takes 4 days and is free. $30 if you want express service. A motorbike taxi will cost $1 from town centre or a tuk-tuk $2 (one-way).

Pretty little chance of getting a double entry. They may consider giving you one if you have only a couple of previous visas and can show air ticket bookings in and out of Thai (hence justifying the 2 entries). They don’t check your bookings so you could edit a couple of old bookings, and take along those printouts.

 

3. “Agent” outside the Thai Embassy:

 

This I believe is the best option. An ex- motorbike taxi driver with good English is stationed outside the Embassy (there may be more than one). He found his language skills were more profitable in the “visa business”. Anyway, you give him your passport and a photo (in the morning) and he tells you to collect it the same time the following day. Cost $35. A friend tried this option (he also had 2 air travel confirmations) and the next day he was told by the agent that the Embassy wouldn’t issue a double entry as he already had a few visas. He then went into the Embassy to try himself but they said he could only get a single entry. He left his passport and 4 days later picked up his single entry visa. No cost!

 

I, armed with my clean new UK passport (courtesy of Hong Kong), asked if I could get a double entry visa. He replied “no problem, because you not have many visa already”. I asked if he could check. Someone popped into the Embassy and reappeared a few minutes later saying it was ok. I handed over my passport, a photo and a printout of my flight back to BKK. The next morning while having breakfast at the hotel, contemplating what time to go to the Embassy, the agent appeared. He said he remembered what hotel I was staying at. He handed over my passport, with lovely new double entry visa, and I handed over $35 ($5 for him and $30 for the express visa fee). I asked about next time and he said it wouldn’t be a problem as I only now have one visa. I think after a couple of previous visas though, it becomes tricky.

It seems the agents and embassy staff are all working together. Even the security guard outside the embassy is keeping a few passports in his pocket for returning “clients”. It all looks suspicious, but it’s just normal business practice there.

 

Notes:

No need to fill in any forms. Leave your hotel address with the agent. He will come and find you when he has your visa or if there is any problem.

The “free” visa service is due to finish 31 March. Not sure what the status is on this. :Cross_Fingers:

No matter where you go, there you are....

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Just an add-on to the Public Service Announcement above:

 

No queues at the Embassy. It’s straight in and out. Passport drop-off in the morning and pick-up in the afternoons. Closed at the weekends and during Thai public holidays.

 

:Good_Luck:

No matter where you go, there you are....

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I would like to get a multiple entry tourist visa from Cambodia, but is it safe to handover your passport to a complete stranger ?

and also

what is the best way to travel to cam ?

 

 

Thai Visa – Phnom Penh – 24 March 2011

 

Just back from a week in Cambodia, so here’s the latest on the Thai Tourist Visa (Bearing in mind that the Tourist Visa is still “free”).

 

In Phnom Penh you have 3 options:

 

1. Travel Agents:

 

Some say they cannot get a double entry visa. Some make a phone call (not sure if they call the same person) and say they can. They charge US$35 and say it will take 4 working days. They assured me that they could get a double entry, but you will not really know until you get it back! A more speedier service will cost more (can’t remember exactly but it’s something like $40 – 3 days, $45 – 2 days, $50 – 1 day).

 

2. Apply yourself at the Thai Embassy:

 

A single entry Visa takes 4 days and is free. $30 if you want express service. A motorbike taxi will cost $1 from town centre or a tuk-tuk $2 (one-way).

Pretty little chance of getting a double entry. They may consider giving you one if you have only a couple of previous visas and can show air ticket bookings in and out of Thai (hence justifying the 2 entries). They don’t check your bookings so you could edit a couple of old bookings, and take along those printouts.

 

3. “Agent” outside the Thai Embassy:

 

This I believe is the best option. An ex- motorbike taxi driver with good English is stationed outside the Embassy (there may be more than one). He found his language skills were more profitable in the “visa business”. Anyway, you give him your passport and a photo (in the morning) and he tells you to collect it the same time the following day. Cost $35. A friend tried this option (he also had 2 air travel confirmations) and the next day he was told by the agent that the Embassy wouldn’t issue a double entry as he already had a few visas. He then went into the Embassy to try himself but they said he could only get a single entry. He left his passport and 4 days later picked up his single entry visa. No cost!

 

I, armed with my clean new UK passport (courtesy of Hong Kong), asked if I could get a double entry visa. He replied “no problem, because you not have many visa already”. I asked if he could check. Someone popped into the Embassy and reappeared a few minutes later saying it was ok. I handed over my passport, a photo and a printout of my flight back to BKK. The next morning while having breakfast at the hotel, contemplating what time to go to the Embassy, the agent appeared. He said he remembered what hotel I was staying at. He handed over my passport, with lovely new double entry visa, and I handed over $35 ($5 for him and $30 for the express visa fee). I asked about next time and he said it wouldn’t be a problem as I only now have one visa. I think after a couple of previous visas though, it becomes tricky.

It seems the agents and embassy staff are all working together. Even the security guard outside the embassy is keeping a few passports in his pocket for returning “clients”. It all looks suspicious, but it’s just normal business practice there.

 

Notes:

No need to fill in any forms. Leave your hotel address with the agent. He will come and find you when he has your visa or if there is any problem.

The “free” visa service is due to finish 31 March. Not sure what the status is on this. :Cross_Fingers:

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