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: 7 January.
What is the current situation regarding the coronavirus in Cambodia?
On 27 January 2020, the first case of coronavirus (Covid-19) infection in Cambodia was detected. It concerned a Chinese man who was travelling from Wuhan to Sihanoukville. According to the official numbers, by now 385 cases of coronavirus infection have been identified in Cambodia. However, to date (07-01-2021) no patients have died from the virus, according to the Cambodian government. The borders with Thailand and Vietnam have been closed. Most shops, catering establishments and beaches have opened again. Nightclubs and karaoke bars remain closed.
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 measures 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 posses a doctor's note, which states that they do not have Covid-19. This note must have been issued a maximum of 72 hours before the date of departure. Finally, they must be able to prove that their travel or health insurance covers an amount of up to 50,000 U.S. dollars.
The mandatory deposit and travel or health insurance does not apply to persons 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. If the tests of all travellers are negative, they must spend 14 days in self quarantine. On the 13th day of their stay in Cambodia, they will be tested once more for Covid-19, for which costs are charged again as well. If any of the travellers on board of the flight is tested positive, all fellow travellers must spend 14 days in state quarantine. The costs for this are about 1380 U.S. dollars. Travellers that are tested positive are taken to a public hospital. The costs for this depend on the severity of the case and the hospital.
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. While the e-visa can still be applied for, the application is only processed after the immigration service resumed 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?
The travel ban between the various provinces in Cambodia has been lifted, making it possible to travel within Cambodia again. However, it is advised to stay near the international airport of Phnom Penh, as flights are often announced on short notice. Currently, there are flights between Cambodia and Europe via Singapore and Seoul.
Travellers that are still in Cambodia per 1 July are required to register through the FPCS-GDI app (Foreigners Present in Cambodia System).
Visas from travellers that cannot leave the country are automatically extended until further notice. Travellers that do not observe the validity term of their visas will not receive a fine.
Travellers returning to the UK from Cambodia will be required to self-isolate for 10 days. Additionally, starting 18 January, all travellers returning from overseas are required to carry a negative PCR test result which was administered at maximum 3 days before departure.
When can I go on a holiday to Cambodia again?
The coronavirus has thrown a wrench in many people's 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.