Cambodia is set to start a trial “e-Arrival Card” scheme for all travellers to the country starting from January 1, 2024. The plan was initially announced by the government during the 19th Government-Private Sector Forum (G-PSF).
According to the Ministry of Interior, the trial period for this scheme will run from January 1 to June 30, 2024. Travellers can still, however, use paper forms and opt out of using the electronic option during this period.
What Is The Cambodian e-Arrival Card?
The Cambodian e-Arrival card (CeA) is a new system designed to make the entrance process easier for travellers arriving in the Kingdom of Cambodia. The CeA replaces the paper immigration form, health form, and Customs Declaration, providing all under one single online portal.
The e-Arrival Card will help reduce the use of paper forms currently required for visitors to fill out upon arrival.
The CeA app is available on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, while website registrations can be filled in at www.arrival.gov.kh. Travellers will need to register and submit an application at least seven days prior to their arrival in Cambodia.
This scheme follows in the footsteps of regional neighbours, Thailand and Vietnam, who introduced different e-Visa programs in 2023. The CeA was introduced as part of the ‘Visit Siem Reap 2024’ campaign also announced at the G-PSF.
Tourism In Cambodia On The Uptrend
According to the Ministry of Tourism, over four million foreign tourists visited Cambodia between January and October 2023, with arrivals from three nearby Asian countries topping the list – Thailand, Vietnam, and China accounted for 63.1 per cent of all foreign visitors.
The introduction of the CeA follows the start of the traditional tourism ‘high season’ and other high-profile events in Cambodia, such as the Water Festival, Angkor Marathon, and Kep Sea Festival.
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