There once was a Canadian Embassy in Phnom Penh, but it closed in 2009. In 2015, a new Embassy was built inside the Phnom Penh British Embassy. It has security gates, 12-inch-thick bulletproof glass between you the dignitaries, and big purple ‘bomb’ buttons in plain sight. What is doesn’t have is any information for Canadians, needing consular assistance in Cambodia. Keep reading for the details you need.
After closing down their tiny Phnom Penh embassy in 2009, Canada opened a new diplomatic office in 2015, located inside Phnom Penh’s British Embassy. It is staffed by one local official. While the Phnom Penh Canadian Embassy cannot issue new passports, they can help arrange one by via the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok.
The problem is, in all their effort to built a nice shiny embassy, they forgot to let people know about it.
As of August 2016, this is what a local search on Google.com.kh yields when you type in ‘Canadian embassy Phnom Penh’:
Where to find the Canadian Embassy in Cambodia
The Canadian Embassy in Phnom Penh is located inside Phnom Penh’s British Embassy. Here is a map with the address. There is no written information inside the compound about how this Embassy operates, nor any clear information online. This is what we had to work with:
- Opening hours: M-Thurs, 8am-12pm; 1pm-5pm; Fri. 8am-1:30pm
- Appointment bookings: www.cambodia.gc.ca
Go ahead and click www.cambodia.gc.ca. It will redirect you to the Bangkok Embassy site, http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/thailand-thailande/. Directions from there aren’t exactly clear.
Let’s make it easier. The actual link you need to click to make an appointment is https://canadaembassy.timetrade.net.au/service/location?lang=en. Clicking that will allow you to directly book an appointment with a Canadian Embassy in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore or Austria.
Consular Services Provided
Bangkok is the nearest Canadian Embassy that can issue new passports. The Canadian Embassy in Phnom Penh are able to help with processing the paperwork, fee collection and transfer of your documents to Bangkok and back.
This is quite handy, as a passport renewal takes 20 working days to process. Instead of having to fly to Bangkok and wait for almost a month, Canadians in Phnom Penh have a much easier alternative. Unfortunately, despite all the modern creature comforts inside the new Embassy, officials seem to have forgotten to let Canadians know that they even exist.