Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 19 December 2017, 13:30 NZDT
  • Still current at: 11 December 2018

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Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased cautionĀ in Cambodia due to violent crime.

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Violent Crime
There is a high crime rate in Cambodia, and there has been an increase in the number of foreign travellers becoming victims of robbery and sexual assault. Robbery by bag-snatching from passing motorcycles or tuk-tuks is prevalent in cities and towns, which can result in injury.

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, and avoid travelling alone. Avoid displaying or wearing items that appear valuable, such as mobile devices and jewellery. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery or mugging as this could lead to an escalation in violence.

Cambodian law enforcement resources and responses are limited and may not provide the same services as available in New Zealand. English speaking staff may not be available.

Several small scale grenade/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, political 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.

Civil Unrest
Political tensions remain high following the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia, National Rescue Party (CNRP) on 16 November 2017. Political protests and demonstrations occur in Cambodia frequently and have occasionally 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 following any instructions from local authorities.

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

Local travel
A Cambodia-Thailand border dispute centred around the Preah Vihear temple 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 around the Thai-Cambodian border and at border crossings.

General Travel Advice
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe/strict and can include lengthy imprisonment.

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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