Cambodia reopens to vaccinated tourists

Monitor Desk Report Date: 17 November, 2021 | 276 Views

The Cambodian tourism ministry earlier announced that fully vaccinated foreign travellers can visit the kingdom without quarantine from November 15, adding a fillip to the pandemic-hit tourism industry.
Tourists entering the country must be fully vaccinated, test negative for the virus within 72 hours of their flight and follow all Covid-19 protocols, according to the health ministry.
Travel restrictions imposed to tackle the pandemic put the brakes on Cambodia's burgeoning tourism industry - revenue plummeted to $1 billion in 2020, down from nearly $5 billion in 2019, when the country attracted 6.6 million visitors.
Prime Minister Hun Sen made an unexpected announcement on Sunday night that all fully vaccinated international travelers, tourists and businesspeople could visit the whole of Cambodia freely without quarantine from Monday.
"I order the ministry of health, the ministry of tourism and relevant sectors to implement these measures from November 15, 2021 onward," he said, adding that the move was a quick way to reopen the country.
The decision overrode the previous reopening plan, under which popular beach spots Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, as well as Dara Sakor were set to welcome visitors from November 30.
And the reopening of Siem Reap - the gateway to the world heritage-listed Angkor Wat complex - is brought forward from January.
Hun Sen said travelers would have to show two negative COVID-19 tests - one taken no less than 72 hours before travel and one on arrival in Cambodia.
"When they arrive and we see they have received two doses of vaccine, we will take swabs for rapid tests. After results show they are free of COVID-19, they are allowed to travel across Cambodia," Hun Sen said in an audio message posted on his Facebook page.

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