Cambodia Country Profile

For more details visit Cambodia Passport Ranking
  • Passport Grade
  • Passport Ranking
  • Passport Score
  • Visa-free Countries
  • Visa-required Countries
  • Access to the World's GDP
  • Access to the World's Surface Area
  • Access to the World's Population
  • Access to the Unesco Sites
Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    Restricted: A child born in Cambodia will become a citizen at birth if both parents were also born in the country and are residents of Cambodia.
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    7 years
  • Physical presence requirement
  • Language test
    Yes, Khmer
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
  • Can minor children naturalize?
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    1 year / 3 years
    Must be married for 3 years, and reside in the country for 1 year.
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
    Can live abroad during the first 2 years of marriage, and then move to Cambodia for the final year.
  • Language test
    Yes, Khmer
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
    No provisions
  • Citizens of specific countries
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Taxation Type
A tax resident of a country with a RESIDENCE-BASED tax system pays taxes on their WORLDWIDE income. However, if you lose tax residency status there (e.g., by moving out), the country will generally stop taxing you.
Schiff Sovereign's Take on Cambodia
For the last few decades, China was a top producer in the world for every kind of product imaginable, including the cheapest ones you can find on the shelves of any supermarket.

However, present-day China is moving up the food chain quickly. With a rising standard of living, China increasingly manufactures electronics, planes and automobiles. And it has consequently become too expensive to produce cheap toys and umbrellas there. 

Multinationals are starting to look for other countries with cheaper labor. Nike, for example, has shifted its manufacturing efforts to Cambodia.

And as Cambodia produces more and more of the world’s cheap shoes and umbrellas, this will have a profound effect on local economies.

Just as it did in China, a robust middle class will emerge there. Standards of living will grow substantially from today’s low levels, and Cambodia (along with Laos and similar countries) will be a beneficiary of this development. 

Cambodia is also a very cheap place to live. You can enjoy a great lifestyle for very, very little money.

And Cambodia is very easy to visit (at least it was pre-pandemic). There are generally no visa requirements, except for a few war-torn countries in the Middle East.

And there is a lot to see in Cambodia – Angkor Wat is one of the wonders of the world, and it is a prime attraction for culture aficionados.

Keep in mind, however, that Cambodia is still very much a developing country. Its infrastructure is lacking – and don't expect good highways or bullet trains there any time soon.

Furthermore, the lack of available services may deter many would-be visitors and migrants. If you prefer living close to excellent medical facilities, or near a well-stocked pharmacy, then Cambodia might not be the right place for you. 

But Cambodia might tick a lot of boxes for people who value a simple, inexpensive lifestyle in a Southeast Asian setting. 

If that’s you, then check it out.

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Cambodia Overview
  • Region
  • Capital City
    Phnom Penh
  • Largest City
    Phnom Penh
  • Currency
    Cambodian riel
  • Languages
  • Population
    15.6 million (73rd)
  • Life Expectancy
    70.7 years (167th)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $28.3 billion (108th)
  • GDP/Capita
    $1,822 (165th)
Useful Data
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Cost of Living
    Very cheap (2/7)
  • Climate
    Bearable (4/5)
  • Safety
    Safe (3/7)
  • Pollution
    Polluted (4/5)
  • English Proficiency
    Very Low (5/5)

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