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Cambodia Visa - What Is It, Why You Need It & Who Should Apply


Cambodia Visa

In the final 3 decades of the past century, Cambodia had experienced a diverse political atmosphere and went through a constitutional monarchy, a republic state-run, communism; and then back to the monarchy respectively. After these political switchovers, the country is now showing immense economic growth.

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  1. Cambodia GDP Growth
  2. What is Cambodian citizenship by investment program?
  3. Who can apply for a Cambodia Visa?
  4. Additional information for investors
  5. Why Do You Need a Cambodian Visa? (Investor Benefits)
  6. Other Reasons to Invest in Cambodia

In the first decade of the current century, the average GDP growth in Cambodia was more than 8% and about 7% since 2011.

Statistic: Cambodia: Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in current prices from 1996 to 2026 (in U.S. dollars) | Statista

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The reason behind such strong growth is pretty simple. Cambodia’s welcoming attitude towards foreigners is the main selling point here. That is why foreigners from many countries choose to invest in Cambodia, and the ex-pat population is gradually increasing every year.

What is Cambodian citizenship by investment program?

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It was introduced back in 1996. Cambodia does not offer permanent residency, but its ordinary visa can be extended indefinitely. As a result, foreigners who wish to stay in this country for a long time may either:

(1) obtain and extend their business or ordinary visas, or

(2) apply for Cambodian citizenship.

A Business/Ordinary Visa allows foreigners to stay for up to one month and can be easily extended for three months, six months or 12 months. Business visas are the most popular way to reside long-term in Cambodia. Cambodian citizenship can be applied for at the Ministry of the Interior, which normally takes two to three months to process.


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Who can apply:

Different types of applications are accepted from the foreign investors as mentioned below:-

1. Eligible investment of 1,250,000,000 riels (311,000 USD) or a non-refundable donation to the government for the benefit of Cambodian people at the amount of 1,000,000,000 riels (249,000 USD).
2. The normal naturalization process, i.e. foreigners who have lived and worked in Cambodia for a minimum of seven years and are proficient in Khmer in reading, writing and speaking.
3. Foreign investors or foreigners who are married to a Cambodian citizen, following three years of cohabitation from the date of marriage registration.


Additional information for Investors:

  1. Investor must be minimum 18 years of age with a clean criminal record and be of sound mind and in good health;
  2. S/He must have a valid passport with a valid visa of entry into Cambodia;
  3. Cambodian language requirement to be waived;
  4. Cambodian residency requirement to be waived;
  5. Family members (spouse and any children under the age of 18) can apply for citizenship once the main applicant has been approved; and
  6. Generally, the application processing time is 3 to 6 months; and varies from case to case.

Why Do You Need a Cambodian Visa? (Investor Benefits)

Cambodia visa

With the Cambodian passport, the individual can enjoy visa-free travel to 51 countries in the world including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Thailand, etc. Cambodian citizenship may offer other benefits that are not available to foreigners, that can be worth considering including:-

Privacy, Diversification, and Asset Protection

  • The investor and family members can choose a new Khmer name and transfer part of the wealth into the new name. The increasing lack of privacy in many nations is more of a reason than ever to have part of your wealth discretely held through second citizenship.

  • One can use a brand new Cambodian document for banking.

  • In case of political unrest or war, s/he will be able to travel and to reside in another country with the new documents.

  • S/He will be able to live and work in Cambodia visa-free at any time and for as long as s/he wants.

  • S/He will be able to own landed property in his/her own name (foreigners can only lease land and property for 50 years).

  • S/He will be able to apply for concessions and licenses from the Cambodian government that are only available to nationals.


Other Reasons to Invest:

Cambodia is a part of the ASEAN Economic Community, a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour and free flow of capital.

Asean Economic Community

Map of countries in AEC.

ASEAN membership offers regional trade benefits, easy repatriation of profits, low-cost labour force, untapped natural resources, underpenetrated and growing domestic consumer market, conservative banking system and so on.

So, considering such a financial prospect, it’s really high time to go for foreign investment in Cambodia.

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