Phnom Penh (FN), Apr. 30 – Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration said it will not issue visa extension for foreigners who did not register on Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS) by 1 July 2020.
“The GDI will not extend visas of foreigners staying in Cambodia who are not listed in the FPCS, effective on 1 July 2020,” according to the Head of the General Department Gen. Kirt Chantharith’s letter dated 27 April 2020 addressed to police commissioners nationwide.
Gen. Kirt Chantharith also urged the authority to disseminate this guideline to owners or proprietors of all types of housing to report on the presence of foreigners.
FPCS app, created in 2019 and launched in January 2020, is to manage foreigner’s information regarding their stay in Cambodia. It will record foreigner information when they arrive in and leave Cambodia at any entry point. The main purpose is to protect foreigner safety and security in case of an emergency when they are travelling throughout Cambodia.
As of 30 April 2020, about 30,000 foreigners have registered in the FPCS since its launch, said Director of the Non-Immigration and Technical Department Lieutenant General Sok Veasa.
Ministry of Interior reported over 80,000 out of approximately 183,000 foreign nationals, mostly Vietnamese, held invalid documents.