While there is still some debate to exempt some countries outside ASEAN from visa requirements, the Government has shown its will to further give flexibility to travellers.
So far, Cambodia entrance rules for foreign tourists was to deliver a single entry visa, either for tourism purposes (US$30) or for business purposes (US$35).
According to information from the Phnom Penh Post, the Kingdom will now offer to all countries a multiple-entry visa option valid for one, two or three years.
The policy has been adopted in order to reach the goal of 7.5 million tourists by 2020. Last year, Cambodia welcomed 4.77 million foreign travellers and this year expects to pass the 5 million foreign arrivals mark for the first time.
Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said different prices will be required according to the length of stay. Prices for the new visas have not been made available yet.
The multiple-entry visa will help to further integrate Cambodia in tourist circuits around the region.
A trip to Cambodia is often linked to another destination in the region; generally Thailand or Vietnam.
The multiple entry visa would enable travellers to enter and reenter the country without the need to reapply for and pay for another visa.
The freedom of movement the visa would afford travellers is likely to favour the promotion of multi-country products, especially with Thailand, which also offers a liberal visa system for tourists.
It will also provide increased flexibility and spontaneous travel to the Kingdom among expatriates living in Southeast Asia, who could then jump on a plane to spend a weekend or a few days in Cambodia.