Foreigners must register in FPCS (Foreigners Present in Cambodia System) by their property owners/managers, responsible for uploading information on the government app, otherwise visas will not be extended. If you do not have access to the app, or have difficulty uploading, you may register at a local police station. This must be done within 24 hours of moving into a new abode.
The General Dept of Immigration (GDI) launched this system designed to capture all foreigners’ (including tourists) information regarding their stay in Cambodia. It will record information on arrival in at any entry point as well as when they leave Cambodia. The stated purpose of FPCS is to protect foreigners in an emergency during their stay in Cambodia.
To register, there are 6 steps:
- Create account (using phone number and password)
- Upload passport copy
- Verify information
- Enter valid phone number and password
- Verify info
- Add accommodation info
Given landlords are responsible for registering in the system, you are urged you to contact him/her and provide the necessary information needed and continue to cooperate as best you can to ensure you are registered. Be proactive and don’t assume it will be done. There are legal consequences if not done; Foreigners must register in FPCS.
According to the DPI announcement: “… we advise that you check with your landlord to confirm that they have registered you on the app. If you do not have a landlord, then you should register yourself on the app”.
According to this abridged Phnom Penh Post article (21/07/2020) ‘App logs 160,000 foreigners’:
“… Minister of Interior Sar Kheng praised the government for its efforts in managing and monitoring immigration at a meeting on the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System app (FPCS). He said more than 160,000 foreigners from 183 countries have registered on the app launched mid-2019.
Sar Kheng said despite criticism, the government has managed foreigners well. He said the current government has better managed foreigners since the interior ministry established the General Department of Immigration (GDI).
According to a ministry announcement, from July 1 onward, foreigners not registered in FPCS would not be granted visa extensions. The announcement sent foreigners rushing to register on the app.
Chantharith said: “It is noteworthy that the number of registered [foreigners’] in the FPCS system has increased to more than 160,000 with 183 nationalities and continues to grow daily.
“The data shows that there are about 110,000 foreigners currently in Cambodia. Foreigners who recently applied for visa extensions have registered their presence in the FPCS system.”
FPCS can be used on phones, iPads and computers and there’s no need to enter data line by line. Scanner technology within the app can retrieve information from passports quickly.
Using the system allows authorities to monitor how many foreigners are currently in the country and how many enter and leave each day.…”