Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 26 November 2014, 15:32 NZDT
  • Still current at: 30 August 2015

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High Risk

There is high risk to your security along the Cambodia/Thailand border in the provinces of Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey and Banteay Meanchey.  We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to this area due to an ongoing border dispute. There are deployments of Thai and Cambodian troops in the border area and they have on occasion engaged in armed clashes.

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

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 the river front area of Phnom Penh and at isolated beaches in Sihanoukville.

Civil Unrest
There have been several occasions over 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 they have the potential to result in violence.  We advise monitoring local media and adhering to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

There is a danger from unexploded landmines in many rural parts of Cambodia, particularly along the border with Thailand.  We recommend you remain on well- used roads and paths as mined areas are often unmarked.

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, you could be incidentally harmed if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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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