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: 15 April.
What is the current situation regarding the coronavirus in Cambodia?
On 20 February 2021, a cluster of infections took place in the Chinese community in Cambodia and 374 infections were registered. Currently, official numbers state that 4,874 coronavirus infections have been detected. To date (15-04-2021), 35 patients have died of the virus, according to the Cambodian government.
The borders with Thailand and Vietnam have been closed, and there is a travel ban in place between the provinces in Cambodia. In the provinces of Phnom Penh, Ta Khmao and Sihanoukville, a curfew is in effect from 20:00 to 5:00. Until at least 28 April, the cities of Phnom Pehn and Ta Khmao are in lockdown. People are not allowed to leave their homes, except for work and groceries. Shops and hotels are open, restaurants and bars are closed. The Cambodian government has published a map of places in the country that should be avoided because of infections.
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?
A travel ban is in place between the various provinces in Cambodia. 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 going to Cambodia or that are still in Cambodia are required to register through the FPCS-GDI app (Foreigners Present in Cambodia System). At shops, hotels and other public buildings, a QR code must be scanned.
Are you returning to the UK from Cambodia? Then you must provide all of your travel details and be able to present a negative Covid-19 test result which was taken at maximum 3 days before departure. Once you arrive in the UK, you must take 2 additional tests which must have been booked before arrival. You will also be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
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.