Cambodia has also been hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Check what impact the coronavirus has on your visa and travel plans before applying for a visa. This article has gathered the most important information about the coronavirus in Cambodia. Last update: 8 July.
What is the current situation regarding the coronavirus in Cambodia?
For a long time, there were very few infections in Cambodia - partly due to strict coronavirus rules. By now, according to official figures, there have been 58 057 coronavirus infections in Cambodia. To date (08-07-2021), 825 people have died from the virus and more than 6 million doses of coronavirus vaccinations have been administered, according to the Cambodian government.
The borders with Thailand and Vietnam are closed. Since 25 April, it is again permitted to travel within the provinces of Cambodia. The lockdowns in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville have been lifted, and shops and restaurants have opened again. In Siem Reap province and in Sihanoukville and Prey Nup districts there is still a curfew from 20:00 to 5:00, but not in Phnom Penh.
The Cambodian government has published a map of places in the country that should be avoided because of infections. The map shows which measures apply with red, dark yellow and yellow zones. Residents of red zones are not allowed to leave the zone and residents of dark yellow zones may only travel to their workplace with a letter from their employer or the local government. Many restaurants and services remain closed until further notice.
Cambodia has also taken extraordinarily strict measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Can I currently travel to Cambodia?
On 16 June 2020, the supervising body of civil aviation in Cambodia announced that it is possible to travel to Cambodia again, but that the following rules need to be kept in mind: Travellers must pay a deposit of 2,000 U.S. dollars on arrival, which is used to pay for all of the services related to the coronavirus. This amount can be paid for in cash or with credit card. Travellers must also carry a doctorʼs note, which states that they do not have COVID-19. This note must have been issued a maximum of 72 hours before the time of departure. Additionally, travellers must take out a COVID-19 insurance at Forte Insurance - Cambodiaʼs largest insurance company - which covers up to 50,000 U.S. dollars.
The mandatory deposit and COVID-19 insurance does not apply to people travelling to Cambodia on business and have received an approved VAPGI certificate (Validation Application on Payment Guarantee/Invitation), which states that the inviting company will cover the costs in case of a positive test, or that the traveller will cover these costs themselves.
On arrival, all travellers are tested for COVID-19 and they must spend 14 days in state quarantine. The cost of the PCR test, accommodation expenses and possible costs for a medical treatment must be paid for by the traveller. According to the Cambodian Ministry of Economy and Finance, the cost of the PCR test is 165 US dollars and the cost of any treatment or quarantine facility up to 2,000 US dollars. On the 13th day of their stay, all travellers must be tested again at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital or the Chak Angre clinic in Phnom Penh.
Can I currently apply for a Cambodia visa?
It is not yet possible to travel to Cambodia with an e-visa, only with a physical visa which is stamped into the passport by the Cambodian embassy, or with an electronic business visa that was issued by the Cambodian immigration service. While the e-visa can still be applied for, the application is only processed after the immigration service resumes checking of e-visa applications. It is not yet known when this will happen.
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What should I do if I am already in Cambodia?
It is recommended to stay near the Phnom Penh International Airport, as flights are often announced at short notice. There are currently flight connections between Cambodia and Europe via Singapore, Taiwan and Seoul. Foreigners travelling to or still in Cambodia are required to register via the FPCS-GDI app (Foreigners Present in Cambodia System). A QR code must be scanned at shops, hotels and other public buildings.
Are you travelling from Cambodia to the United Kingdom? Then you will need one of the following documents:
- Proof that you have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the EMA or WHO.
- A negative corona test result from a NAAT test (PCR, RT PCR, LAMP, TMA or mPOCT), which is maximal 72 hours old at arrival.
- A negative antigen test result, which is not more than 48 hours old on arrival.
- A recovery certificate issued by a European country. In this case, you must have tested positive 11 to 180 days ago.
You do not have to go into quarantine when you return to the United Kingdom.
When can I go on a holiday to Cambodia again?
The coronavirus has thrown a wrench in many peopleʼs travel plans. Both the British government and the Cambodian government do not consider it justifiable to go on holiday to Cambodia for the time being. A few dates have been mentioned on which the current restrictions and measures will expire, but it is expected that these will be extended by at least several more weeks. As such, it is currently not possible to say with certainty when holidays to Cambodia will start running again and when visas will be issued again. The information on this page is regularly updated. As soon as it is possible and justifiable to travel to Cambodia again, it can be read here.
Disclaimer: because a lot of information about the coronavirus changes very quickly it cannot be guaranteed in any way that this article is complete and fully up to date at the moment you read it. Also base your decision to travel to Cambodia during or after the coronavirus on information provided by your travel agency and/or airline, likewise before you apply for the visa.