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This is to greet you all on the occasion of World Friendship Week. We would also like to wish one of your border guards at Poiphet, whom we had to pleasure to meet when my wife Ann and I were on a short tour of Cambodia last summer. It was the Cambodian border official who, last year, made our South Asian travel truly memorable. We had got our E-visas for Cambodia before leaving India, and after flying to Bangkok, traveled by train to the Cambodian border town of Poiphet. During the train journey, “experienced” western visitors cautioned us about the “tough time” we would have with “unfriendly” Cambodian border officials, advising us to keep extra dollar bills with us, “just in case”…
One of the travelers would like to share his experience in Poi Pet.
I recently visited Cambodia and I wish to report an unpleasant experience I had during my entry. I entered the country at Poi Pet on 20/Dec, after taking the train from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet.Because I didn’t have a Visa, I went to the Visa Office to get one. On my way there, I was approached by several touts, but I turned them all away because I’ve always liked to do things professionally and not be a victim of scams.When I got there, I went to grab a form, but before I could do that,someone dressed with a yellow polo shirt handed me one.Then, I sat down at the chairs to fill the form and an immigration police officer offered me a seat next to his desk, located around 10 meters from the office counter. I kindly rejected and sat by myself.
Cambodia’s e-visa intiative is fantastic. Other countries should have a look at it. I got mine overnight! I arrived at Siem Reap (on an Indian passport) with my wife Maria (Philippines) on 13th July, 2007 afternoon from Mumbai, changing flights at Singapore.
Working on the new upgrade of e-Visa lanes can be fun all the time especially when you are working near the ancient Angkor visited by millions of tourist every year. We are glad that Cambodia e-Visa has been helping to promote Cambodia tourism in the last one year. More than 25,000 travelers applied their Visa online from their country before-hand and it is becoming one of the prefered way of getting Visa by most travelers.
Since Cambodian Government launched e-Visa on April 2006, the immigration officers have taken their initiative to learn on how to process travelers with e-Visa. Although the process is slightly different from the traditional way, the immigration officers have given their full cooperation and allow e-Visa travelers to pass through immigration without any delay. Moreover, the immigration officers also help to direct e-Visa travelers to the correct lane.