Cambodia considers giving visa for Japanese on airplane

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday his government wants to make it easier for Japanese travelers to visit Cambodia by introducing in-flight processing of tourist visas.

Speaking at a government forum with private sectors in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen said the original idea from the Japanese side is reasonable and could lead to an increased number of tourists from Japan.

The premier said he has ordered the tourism and immigration officials to study the idea together with representatives of the travel industry and the Japanese side.

For it to be possible, he said, whatever Japanese airline is involved, once direct flights between the two countries commence, would have to make one or two seats available for immigration officials on flights from Japan to Cambodia.

The same service could be applied to South Korean visitors in a later stage, he said.

A total of 4,210,165 foreign tourists visited Cambodia in 2013 against 3,584,307 in 2012, according to official data.

In 2013, Vietnamese topped arrivals with 854,104 visitors, followed by Chinese with 463,123 and South Koreans with 435,009. Japanese tourists placed sixth with 206,932.