Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 8 September 2015, 15:21 NZST
  • Still current at: 30 November 2015

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There are no significant security risks associated with travel to Cambodia, although travellers should be alert to the potential for civil unrest and crime.

Civil Unrest
There have been several occasions in the past few years when political issues and protest events in Cambodia have turned violent.  New Zealanders are advised to avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to result in violence.  We advise monitoring local media and adhering to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

Violent crime is rare but does occur and there has been an increase in foreign travellers being robbed.  Petty crime, including bag snatching from passing motorcycles, is prevalent in cities and towns. 

New Zealanders in Cambodia are advised to maintain a high level of personal security awareness, particularly in areas frequented by tourists and expatriates, including Siem Reap, the river front area of Phnom Penh and at isolated beaches in Sihanoukville.  We recommend taking steps to safeguard and secure personal belongings at all times, especially when in crowded or public areas or when travelling by tuk-tuk or public transport.  Exercise additional caution at night.

Several small scale bomb and shooting attacks have occurred in Cambodia and Cambodian authorities have also disrupted a number of attempted bomb plots.  These attacks are not common and are generally motivated by business or personal grievances.  While foreigners are not normally targeted, New Zealanders are advised to exercise a high degree of personal security awareness at all times.

There is a danger from unexploded landmines in many rural parts of Cambodia.  We strongly recommend you remain on well-used roads and paths as mined areas are often unmarked.

Local travel
A dispute centred around the Preah Vihear temple on the Cambodia-Thailand border has led to hostilities and tensions in the past.  Cambodian and Thai troops are deployed in this area and have in the past engaged in armed conflict.  The situation has stabilised however we recommend exercising particular care in areas close to the border with Thailand and at border crossings. 

There is also a danger from unexploded landmines in areas surrounding the temple and close to the border.  

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Cambodia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Cambodia are encouraged to register their details  with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Bangkok, Thailand is accredited to Cambodia

Street Address M Thai Tower, 14th floor, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Bangkok Postal Address PO Box 2719, Bangkok 10500 Telephone +66 2 254 2530 Fax +66 2 253 9045 Email Web Site Hours Mon-Fri 0800-1200, 1300-1630 hrs

See our regional advice for South East Asia

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Thailand

Street Address
M Thai Tower, 14th floor, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Bangkok

Telephone: +66 2 254 2530

Fax: +66 2 253 9045



Hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1200, 1300-1630 hrs

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