Living in Cambodia

This guide sets out essential information for British national residing in Cambodia, including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.

We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what consulates can and cannot do for British nationals.


You are strongly advised to take out comprehensive medical insurance before travelling to Cambodia. You will have to pay for health treatment that you receive in Cambodia. Medical fees can be expensive. Local hospitals/clinics are of varying standards, from very basic to International Hospitals. We cannot pay for your medical treatment, but we can give you information about transferring money from friends or family in the UK. There is minimal mental healthcare support in Cambodia.


There are various International Schools for children of ex-patriates in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, these range from local-run kindergartens to Upper Schools teaching the UK Curriculum.

Employment and recognised qualifications

There are no restrictions on employment in Cambodia. Qualifications and certificates may be demanded by the relevant employer

Residence requirements

There are no residence requirements in Cambodia apart from obtaining a current valid visa. Cambodian permanent residency can be granted on a case-by-case basis but this is at the discretion of the King and can depend on language ability and other factors.


There is no Social Security system in Cambodia, either for Cambodian nationals or foreign nationals. There is no entitlement to a local pension. For UK benefits please follow the link For advice on retuiring abroad please follow the link UK retiring abroad advice on mainstream

Driving licences and vehicles

You must apply for a Cambodian Driving Licence to self-drive a hire car in Cambodia, these can be obtained through car-hire agencies and can vary in price. They are only valid for a year and the applicant must have a full valid International Driving Licence.


It is possible to open a local bank account in Cambodia. You will need valid identification in order to do so. Persons who are working in Cambodia are responsible for taking care of their tax liabilities. Some companies operate a PAYE scheme. Non-declaration is a major problem in the country.

Guidance on bringing medication into Cambodia

For information on bringing medication into Cambodia please enquire at the Cambodian Embassy in London or Cambodian Customs and Excise:


This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCO and the British Embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 22 October 2013
Last updated 26 February 2015 + show all updates
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