Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 7 October 2016, 10:25 NZDT
  • Still current at: 23 October 2017

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Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in Cambodia due to violent crime and we advise caution.

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There is some risk of violent crime in Cambodia. 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 is prevalent in cities and towns. Bag straps have been cut and bags snatched from those on foot and from passengers on moving tuk-tuks and motorbikes, 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. 

New Zealanders may find that Cambodian law enforcement resources and responses are limited and do not meet the service level expected 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 in recent years. 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. 

Civil Unrest
Political protests and demonstrations occur in Cambodia frequently and have on occasion 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. 

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 in areas close to the border with Thailand and at border crossings.  

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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