Cambodia (Kingdom of)

History of Relations| Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Diplomatic relations with South Africa were established in January 1995. Ambassador Buyi M Pheto presented her credentials to His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk as South Africa's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia with residence in Bangkok on 27 June 2002. Cambodia has neither resident nor non-resident representation in South Africa.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Cambodia(Non resident)

The Embassy of South Africa in Bangkok, Thailand, is accredited to Cambodia.

H E Mr D H M Gibson
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Office Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 07h30 to 16h45
Lunch : 12h00 to 12h45
Friday : 07h30 to 13h30

Cambodia Representation in South Africa

No Representation

Travel Info

Tourist and visa information can be obtained from the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism website : http://www.mot.gov.kh

An airport departure tax of US$25 per person is levied on all passengers departing
from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports in Cambodia for foreign
flights. This is not included in the price of the airticket.

South African nationals visiting Cambodia are advised to maintain a high level of
personal security at all times.

Cambodia remains one of the most heavily mined countries in the world with mined
areas frequently unmarked. Visitors are advised not to stray off main routes in rural
areas including around temple complexes in the north and northwest of the country.
The border area along the Thai-Cambodian border is especially dangerous in terms of
unexploded ordnance (UXO).

The possession of even small amounts of illegal narcotic substances is illegal and
heavily punished in Cambodia.

Visa Requirements for South Africans

South African passport holders require visas to enter Cambodia. Visas can be
obtained either at Cambodian diplomatic missions abroad or at the following
recognised ports of entry:

International Airports : Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (near Angkor Wat)
Overland border crossings :
Cambodia-Vietnam : Bavet and Kha Orm Sam International Check points
Cambodia-Thailand : Cham Yeam, Poi Pet and O'Smach International Check points.
Visitors arriving by sea will have to apply for visas before departure as visas will not
be issued on arrival.

Application for an entry visa requires:

  • A completed and signed visa application form. This can be downloaded from
    the Ministry of Tourism internet website at http://www.mot.gov.kh/visa.asp
  • Passport valid for at least a further 4 months beyond the intended length of
    stay;
  • One recent photograph of the applicant (4 x 6);
  • Appropriate visa fee; and
  • Supporting documents for business and official visas.

Visa fees : US$20 for one-month tourist visa and US$25 for one-month business visa.
Tourist visas can be extended only once for up to one month (single entry) at the
Immigration Department, National Police. Business visas can be extended for longer.
Penalty fees for overstaying of visas are US$5,00 per day.

Health Requirements

Immunisation against Hepatitis A & B is also recommended. Malaria is a problem in non-urban areas. Denge Fever (DHT) is also widespread. There is no immunisation against DHF. Visitors should carry their own medication with them. It is strongly recommended that comprehensive travel and health insurance be obtained which would include emergency air evacuation, by a recognised carrier. Prospective travellers should check with their insurer to make sure that their policy meets their needs.

There has been a renewed outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) amongst poultry in
Cambodia. Visitors to Cambodia are unlikely to be affected but should avoid places
where they may come into contact with live poultry.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.


Climate Info

The climate in Cambodia is divided into three distinct seasons, the first being the rainy, monsoon season from May to October. From November to April is the dry season, which in turn is split into the cold season from November to January and the hot season from February to April.

For up-to-date weather information click here.


Currency Info

The currency is the Cambodian Riel (KHR). The Thai Baht and the US dollar are widely used. Travellers cheques and credit cards may not be accepted everywhere in Cambodia.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

Following an invitation from Prime Minister Hun Sen in October 2002, President Mbeki visited Phnom Pehn to address the 8th ASEAN Summit on NEPAD on 5 November 2002.

The President and First Lady then paid a State Visit to Cambodia on 6 November 2002 during which the President laid a wreath at the Independence Monument, visited the National Museum of Cambodia and a Pediatric Hospital, held a media conference and was received by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Cambodia for a formal welcoming reception followed by a Royal Audience and a State Banquet. The President also received courtesy calls from the Presidents of the Cambodian National Assembly and the Cambodian Senate at the Royal Palace prior to the State Banquet.

The State Visit to Cambodia and the address by President Mbeki to the 8th ASEAN Summit were very successfully concluded and both were of historic significance. It was the first time that a foreign Head of State from outside the Asian Region has ever addressed an ASEAN Summit. In addition, it was also the first time that a State Visit to Cambodia was paid by a South African President.

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0851/0837

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Cambodia, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa

Interest Groups and Information

None

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