Living in Cambodia guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Cambodia with the expat guide

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General information
  • Cambodia, located on the Indochinese Peninsula, is a very welcoming country towards foreigners. Phnom Penh, for instance, is a multicultural city.

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  • Living as community is better than living alone. If you are new to Phnom Penh,you need to understand how people here live and communicate with each other.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Foreigners wishing to travel to Cambodia may need an appropriate visa according to the length and purpose of their stay in the country.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • To travel to Cambodia, you can choose from different types of visas according to the purpose of your stay: tourist visa, work visa, business visa, etc.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Sihanoukville is above all a tourist city. So if you are looking for a job there, start by the tourism sector which is the main job provider.

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  • Siem Reap, which is one of Cambodia's major cities, provides various career opportunities to foreign professionals wishing to move there.

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  • Thanks to its developed economy, Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital city, provides many job opportunities to skilled foreigners.

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  • To work in Cambodia, you will have to obtain a work visa. You are also advised to inquire on the labor market's requirements and working conditions.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • If you are moving to Cambodia for a long term, you might want to purchase a property. Procedures are quite complicated, but not unconquerable.

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  • Sihanoukville, which is one of Cambodia's major expatriate destinations, provides a range of accommodation options at affordable prices.

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  • Located near the famous Angkor archaeological complex, Siem Reap is very welcoming towards expatriates, providing different types of accommodation.

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  • Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital city, provides a range of accommodation for foreigners along with a beautiful landscape and a lively environment.

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  • If you are moving to Cambodia, finding accommodation will probably be one of your priorities. You can choose from a range of options.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Foreigners are the most welcome to study in Cambodia's universities and other private and public higher education institutions.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Foreigners wishing to travel to Cambodia are advised to subscribe to a private health insurance although the country has a fair health care system.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Formalities regarding the opening of a bank account in Cambodia are quite simple. The use of the US dollar is quite widespread there.

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Tax system, income tax
  • Foreigners living and working in Cambodia have to pay income tax, whether or not they are residents. Other taxes also apply to them.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Phnom Penh hosts different traditional and modern means of transport which can take you anywhere across the city and elsewhere as well.

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  • Cambodia hosts a wide transport network, including of several modern and traditional means of transport which can take you anywhere.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • You are allowed to drive in Cambodia if you have a valid driver's license, that is by converting your original driver's license.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Cambodia requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • It is essential to have useful numbers within reach, especially when relocating in a foreign country. Here are useful numbers in Cambodia.

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  • Cambodia has a good telecommunications network coverage, providing land line and mobile phone services, as well as Internet.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • If you are traveling to Cambodia, you are not likely to get bored there. Most of its cities offer a range of leisure activities to foreigners.

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  • Traveling to Cambodia with your pet requires appropriate planning. But above all, it should be immunized against rabies.

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  • You are probably wondering what life is all about in Cambodia which is a country where war has attempted to wipe out centuries of culture and lifestyles.

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