Getting a Vietnam Visa in Sihanoukville could not be easier. However, finding up to date information on getting a Vietnam Visa in Sihanoukville is significantly more difficult. As the Visa applications from Phenom Pehn are usually sent down to Sihanoukville anyway if you are in the area it could save you a few days of passport separation anxiety if you just get it done while you are there.
There is a little confusion around the net about whether Vietnam has Visas on arrival. Well, they don’t. Certain airports accept e-visas which you prearrange which seems to be the source of the confusion. You have to prearrange your visa if you want to enter Vietnam.
Where is the Vietnam Consulate in Sihanoukville?
The consulate is just outside of downtown on Ekareach road. As we were staying on Ocheteaul Beach (aka Serendipity) we took a Tuk Tuk which we negotiated down to a fair price of $2 each way. The driver waited for us outside.
310, Ekareach Boulevard
Monday – Friday
8 AM – 12 PM (or AM according to the sign. Who knows? Who cares? anyway its noon)
2 PM – 4PM
8AM – 12 PM (noon again)
Vietnam Visa in Sihanoukville
What you will need
- 1 Passport Photo (They do not have a service to make these so get that sorted in advance)
- $60 USD (Up from $40 since January 1st 2013)
- Your Passport
You need to give a date of entry into Vietnam. Your Visa will be valid for 30 days from this date. You may not enter before this date but you may enter afterwards. (The Visa will still expire 30 days from the date you provided)
You do not need to be present, so one member of the party may get more than one visa on their own although the application is quite detailed. You will need to provide all the usual information (Name, address, DOB) as well as the names and addresses of your parents and spouse, religion, jobs and address of employer. I have no idea why you need to provide these but I guess its a next of kin contact in case anything happens when you arrive in Vietnam.
How Long Does It Take?
We were in and out in 15 minutes, the office was pretty busy but they seem to be quite efficient. To save time you may be wise to take a pen as they did seem to have a limited supply. Try not to get stuck behind a travel agent processing his 20 daily applications or avert the risk all together by lazily paying one of these guys to sort it for you.
How to Get your Vietnam Visa in Sihanoukville in 5 overly detailed condescending steps
- Enter the consulate (Duh), to the right you should see a small door with a sign for Visa applications
- You do not need to join the line or talk to anyone yet. Just pick up a form and fill in the details.
- Join the line and hand over the completed form with $60, your passport and the passport photo.
- Wait around 10 minutes. At this point take advantage of the old school Vietnam travel books they have on the shelves.
- When they shout your name go ahead and pick up your passport and admire your brand new full-page-hogging Vietnam Visa.
- Go get drunk at the beach, while complaining that tourist visas should not cost $60.