Guide to Cambodia customs procedure
To expedite the baggage clearance of passengers coming into the Kingdom of Cambodia, Customs and Excise Department has established Green and Red Channels; where self-selection routes are operated, passengers have the option of making their Customs Declaration in either the Red Channel or the Green. All passengers are obliged to fill out the Passenger’s Declaration Form and submit it to Customs on the spot of entry.
* Green Channel is for passengers possessing no goods or only goods which can be admitted free of customs, duties and taxes by stating that you have “Nothing to declare”.
*Red Channel is for passengers who bring along dutiable goods, any prohibited or restricted goods by proclaiming that you have “Goods to declare”.
Customs officers may conduct a random check on passengers at both channels.
Penalties and/or fines are imposed on passengers, who intentionally use the Green Channel by not declaring the carry on dutiable, restricted and/or prohibited goods.
An incoming passenger is eligible for the following duty-free concessions:
- Two liters of wine
- 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars, or 400 grams of tobacco
- 350 milliliters of perfume and ornaments
- Medicine for own personal cure
- Other materials and tools with limited quantity needed for traveling and not categorized as prohibited goods
Passengers aged under 18 do not have eligibility to bring in the goods as specified in number 1 and 2 above.
Goods worth the equivalent to or greater than US$100 shall be subjected to pay customs duties and taxes.
If the customs value of goods is in excess of US$300, they must be declared in the Customs Declaration Form. If it is less than US$300, the goods must be declared in the Non-commercial Customs Declaration Form.
Temporary imported goods are required to be authorized before the importation by the General Department of Customs and Excise.
There are no currency restrictions on import of foreign currencies to Cambodia by passengers
(including delegates, guests, entities, or natural persons) although declaration is required for the sums of over US$10,000.00 (ten thousand US dollars) or the equivalent in a foreign currency. In so doing, it will facilitate the passengers for bringing back their money upon their return.
The importation of prohibited goods must be accompanied by a valid license issued in advance by the relevant authorities and an import permit by the General Department of Customs and Excise.
When imported, strictly prohibited weapons, explosives and ammunition, and other military equipment, must be escorted with a valid license from the Ministry of Interior or the Ministry of National Defense and an import permit from the General Department of Customs and Excise.
Customs Formality for Outbound Passengers (Departure Terminal):
Outbound passengers are required to fill up a Passenger’s Declaration Form should they take out the following goods with the original supporting documents. They have to submit the form to the Customs Office at the point of exit.
Foreign currency in the amount exceeding US$10,000.00 (ten thousand US dollars) is required to
obtain the permit from the National Bank of Cambodia and approval before an exportation from the General Department of Customs and Excise, should there be no import declaration of the currency at their entry.
Any temporary exportation of goods must be approved in advanced by the General Department of
Customs and Excise.
Prohibited goods and restricted goods must be accompanied by a valid license issued before
exportation by the concerned authorities and export permit by the General Department of Customs and Excise.
Any export of strictly prohibited arms, explosives, ammunition and other military equipment, is
required to submit a valid license from the Ministry of Interior or the Ministry of National Defense, and an export permit from the General Department of Customs and Excise.
Artifact, statues, antiques and ancient items are required to have an authorization and permit issued before the exportation by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and an export permit by the General Department of Customs and Excise.
When exporting plants and live animals, they are requested to enclose the permit or license issued in advance by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Hunting and Fishery.
Source: Cambodia Airports