Our hearts go out to you amid the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It cannot be overstated how difficult this time is for the global community, for the industry that is grinding to a halt, for your clients, for your companies, and for each of us as individuals. We will look back upon this period as a defining time for our era. The travel industry is experiencing the greatest reduction in business in our lifetimes.
Please see specific information about the member countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion below: Cambodia. PR China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam.
To learn about government policies to provide aid and assistance to businesses in the respective countries, please click HERE.
Travel around the world continues to be affected by the novel corona virus.
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office would like to inform its partners on the latest developments around COVID-19. We are constantly gathering updates on the measures taken by the different destination countries to stop the spreading of COVID-19.
The outbreak of the corona virus has hit some destinations particularly hard, as a stark decline in Chinese Outbound tourists, and a general fear of traveling, especially to some destinations in Asia. While nobody can predict when things turn back to normal, or if we need to adapt to a new reality in travel, destinations can do a few things during this time, instead of solely focusing on declining numbers and fear:
Diversify Source Markets: We have seen many destinations have relied dangerously on the Chinese market. And when it comes to the Chinese market, many destinations have focused on easy to capture, but less profitable mass tour groups, that showed nice growth numbers. Diversifying should be one of the biggest lessons from the coronavirus, and even within China, there are multiple market segments that drive more yield and sustainability. Develop a robust Feeder Market Channel Strategy vs the usual market segmentation channel strategy. Focus on your short-haul feeder-markets and especially on your drive-in feeder markets. Why? People will continue to travel, especially on short-haul and shorter stay trips.
Develop Sustainability Strategies and Programs: Now is also a good time to step back and look at developing more robust and scalable digital platforms, reduce single-use plastic and food waste, and revamp your product and distribution strategies. Implementing sustainability strategies sometimes is not always top priority, especially when business is good and the hectic of the day to day operations makes implementation challenging. Many of these programs can result in financial benefits in the long-term, in addition to saving the planet.
Leverage Industry Association and Partnerships: For destinations in the Mekong Region, taking advantage of the free or low-cost programs of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office. Also, organizations like the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has various services in the region, as well as other travel industry associations. This is a way to collaborate as judging from the past SARS outbreak, individual destination campaigns are unlikely to be very effective with long-haul travelers, even if the destinations are virus-free. North American and European travelers will be hesitant to return to Asia until it is completely safe. Now is the time to collaborate to work together in restoring confidence and rebuilding business. This cannot be done alone in silos but has to be done in partnership as a united industry.
Assess risks and prepare solutions to potential challenges in advance. Destinations have to assess potential risks and prepare for potential emergency cases in advance. This does not only apply for cases such as COVID-19 or natural disasters. It can also be responses to over-crowding of destinations or environmental emergencies. Destinations have to take long-term look and opportunities and challenges and prepare in advance. We are working with destinations to support them in their strategies and align them throughout the region.
As many destinations have relied on the Chinese outbound market, the effect has resulted in a drastic decline in tourism numbers.
GMS COUNTRY UPDATES
Please see below for updates about travel requirements in each of our six GMS member countries:
Last updated on December 6:
Cambodia on December 5 removed its ban on travellers from 10 African countries after a nearly one-week suspension due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Read more
Last updated on November 26:
Singapore will extend vaccinated travel lanes (VTLs) to six more countries next month.
From Dec 14, travellers from Thailand may enter Singapore under the quarantine-free VTL.
Travellers from Cambodia, Fiji, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Turkey can do so from Dec 16. Read more
Last updated on November 18:
Cambodia has authorized the reopening of visits to museums, cinemas and theatres in provinces throughout the country, according to an announcement of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. Read more
Last updated on November 18:
The Ministry of Tourism Cambodia recently launched the implementation of health and tourism safety measures for travelers entering Cambodia in the context of “A New Normal”. More details 1 / More details 2
Last updated on November 15:
The Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia has issued an announcement on permission for fully vaccinated tourists and travellers entering the Kingdom of Cambodia without Quarantine. See the announcement here
Last updated on November 14:
Cambodia will stop requiring quarantine for travellers who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 starting on Monday 15.
Travellers will have to show their negative test 72 hours prior to travel and have two vaccine doses. Those who are unvaccinated will be quarantined for 14 days. Read more
Last updated on November 13:
The Royal Government has allowed all other gatherings, in addition to wedding and religious ceremonies, without limiting the number of participants. However, KTVs and Nightclubs are still prohibited. Read more
Last updated on November 5:
Bangkok Airways will resume international flights on the Bangkok -Phnom Penh route starting 1 December. Read more
Last updated on November 3:
karaoke parlours – or KTVs – and entertainment businesses including bars and discotheques will remain shut as the establishments are deemed places of high risk for Covid-19 transmission.
The municipal hall also extended the suspension of all occupations and business activities deemed as posing high risk of transmission for 14 days through November 11. Read more
Last updated on November 2:
Malaysia Airlines is restarting its direct service from Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh on Friday November 19. Read more
Last updated on November 2:
Bangkok Airways has announced it will resume flights between the Thai capital and Phnom Penh from December 1 with subject to government approval. Read more
Last updated on October 29:
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has now permitted museums, cinemas and concert halls in Phnom Penh to reopen from October 30 onwards if they follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by the ministry and other preventive measures issued by the Ministry of Health. More details
Last updated on October 26:
Cambodia will be reopening to international visitors beginning with Preah Sihanouk City and Koh Rong City of Preah Sihanouk province, and Dara Sakor region in Koh Kong province from 30 November 2021 onward.
This will be followed by the reopening of Siem Reap province in January 2022. The reopening is being implemented within the framework of vaccinated tourism program which allows international visitors to enjoy a quarantine-free stay and visit in Safe and Green Destinations for up to 5 days. Read more
Last updated on October 26:
Cambodia will reopen to welcome vaccinated tourists in three stages:
- Stage 1 (restart): The program to welcome back international tourist will be piloted at the end of November 2021, starting with Preah Sihanouk City, Koh Rong City of Preah Sihanouk Province, and Dara Sakor region in Koh Kong province, to be followed by Siem Reap ANGKOR in January 2022.
- Stage 2 (reopening by regions): Following the success of the pilot program in Stage 1, international tourists will be welcomed to visit other safe areas in the country.
- Stage 3 (full reopening): The country will be fully reopened for all vaccinated tourists. More details
Last updated on October 24:
Cambodia has lifted the temporary flights ban from Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia.
The lifting is effective from 23rd of October and the ban lasted almost 15 months. Read more
Last updated on October 20:
Cambodia has recently launched the Implementation of Health Measures and Quarantine in Cambodia for travelers entering Cambodia in accordance with the new normal context as follows:
– High-level international delegation and senior government officials returning from overseas missions (quarantine period decided by the Royal Government)
– Passengers who are civil servants returning from official missions abroad (3-day quarantine)
– Foreign diplomats and International Organization officers (3-day quarantine)
– Foreign tourists who are (investors, business people, experts with guarantee or invitation) (3 -day quarantine)
– General passenger who is Cambodian or foreigner (7- day quarantine)
– All type of passenger who have not vaccinated Covid-19 vaccine or not fully vaccinated (14-day period)
Last updated on September 23:
Phnom Penh Capital Administration issued a decision to continue administrative measures and suspend ‘high-risk’ activities in Phnom Penh for another 14 days.
All gatherings for all kinds of alcohol are prohibited
All kinds of club business, such as karaoke, bar, discos, beer garden and casinos
Resorts, museums, playgrounds and parks
Massage parlours and saunas
Cinemas, art theaters, gyms and sports centers of all kinds.
Last updated on September 17:
The Siem Reap Provincial Administration has issued a decision to determine parts of Siem Reap city as ‘red’ and ‘yellow’ zones to temporarily prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The zones will be implemented for 7 days from 13:00 on September 17 to September 23, 2021. Read more
Last updated on September 15:
Schools in many provinces and cities of Cambodia officially reopened on September 15 after nearly six months of closure due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Read more
Last updated on September 12:
Siem Reap province has been issued a decision to close for a week in an effort to eradicate COVID-19 transmission in the community. Read more
Last updated on September 9:
The Phnom Penh Capital Administration has decided to continue administrative measures and suspend ‘high-risk’ activities for another 14 days.
The restrictions will continue until 23 September 2021.
– Public and private educational institutions that do not yet have a policy to reopen
– All kinds of club businesses, such as karaoke, bar, disco, beer garden and casino
– Resorts, museums, playgrounds and parks
– Massage, sauna and all kinds of business
– Cinemas, art theaters, gyms and sports centers of all kinds.
Last updated on August 26:
Phnom Penh City Hall extended administrative measures suspending business activities designated as a high risk of spreading Covid-19, as well as public gatherings for 14 days from August 27 to September 9. Read more
Last updated on August 20:
Four provinces have decided to extend the measures for another week in a bid to contain the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant.
The provinces – Kampong Cham, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey and Svay Rieng – will continue to enforce the measures through August 26.
“The 9pm-3am curfew will remain in place. All travels are banned except out of necessity or in emergency or with permission from authorities. More details
Last updated on August 18:
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) has announced that Cambodia is to be added to it’s ‘High Risk’ or ‘Group A’ list, effective from 0.00am on 20 August 2021. Read more
Last updated on August 11:
Phnom Penh has extended the citywide curfew and other restrictions.
A curfew is imposed, temporarily suspending all traffic and business activities between 22.00 and 3.00 hours for seven days from zero on August 13, 2021 to August 19, 2021.
The activities, occupations or businesses at high risk of spreading COVID-19 are temporarily suspended for 14 (fourteen) days from zero on the 13th. August 2021 until August 26, 2021’
These activities are listed as
* Schools, including both public and private vocational training schools
* All kinds of clubs, including karaoke, bars, discos, beer gardens and casinos
* Resorts, museums, playgrounds and parks
* Massage, sauna and all kinds of business
* All kinds of shops and liquor stores
* Cinemas, art theaters, gyms and all kinds of sports centers.
Last updated on August 6:
Cambodia has decided to lift travel ban on inbound Indian passengers and those who travel through India as the Covid-19 situation there has subsided.
The decision will take effect at the onset of August 7. More details
Last updated on July 30:
The Angkor Archaeological Park decided to temporarily close the temples to visitors for two weeks amid Covid-19 fears. Read more
Last updated on July 29:
The government has decided to lock down eight provinces bordering Thailand for two weeks in a bid to prevent the coronavirus Delta variant from spreading further while also imposing a nationwide curfew from 9 pm to 3am for 14 days.
Koh Kong, Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear and Siem Reap provinces would be locked down from July 29 through August 12. Read more
Last updated on July 23:
The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has decided to extend the suspension of all businesses and occupations deemed as posing high risk of Covid-19 transmission for another two weeks through August 6. Read more
Last updated on July 17:
The Siem Reap Provincial Administration has decided to extend its nighttime curfew for another two weeks through July 24 to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Travel and non-essential business activities are banned from 8pm-4am. Read more
Last updated on July 14:
The Royal Government of Cambodia has decided to temporarily suspend entry and exit through the Cambodian-Vietnamese border of skilled workers, technicians, employees of Vietnamese companies for one month from July 18, 2021. Read more
Last updated on July 9:
The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has decided to suspend all occupations and businesses deemed as posing high risk of Covid-19 transmission for another two weeks through July 23.
All gatherings with more than 15 people are also banned, except among family members in the same home, at funerals permitted by the authorities, or among health workers who collect specimens for Covid-19 testing, and providers of emergency services. Read more
Last updated on July 2:
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its new Delta variant including temporarily closing border gates to Vietnam and Thailand. Read more
Last updated on June 27:
The curfew in Siem Reap has been extended until July 10 and may likely be extended further if new case detection does not show marked decreases. Read more
Last updated on June 26:
The Chinese embassy in Cambodia issued an “urgent notice” requiring travellers to China from Cambodia to quarantine for 14 days, including the flight day, in airline-designated hotels. Read more
Last updated on June 21:
The Siem Reap Provincial Administration has introduced a self-registration app for travellers entering and passing through the province to facilitate Covid-19 contact tracing.
All travellers entering the province must complete registration at the provincial border or checkpoint. Read more
Last updated on June 20:
Phnom Penh municipal administration has issued a directive stressing that the continuation of the decision on June 8, 2021 on the designation of some areas of Chom Chao 3 village of Sangkat Chom Chao 2 and some areas of Trapaing Po, Prey Pring Khang Choeung 2, Chumpou Voan 2 villages of Sangkat Chom Chao 3 in Khan Pursenchey as “Orange” zones will remain effective until further notice. Read more
Last updated on June 18:
The Ministry of Education yesterday said that all schools will remain closed and children will continue with their online classes. Read more
Last updated on June 13:
The Siem Reap Provincial Administration has launched a temporary administrative measure (curfew and some additional bans) from 22:00 on June 13, 2021 for a duration of 14 days. Read more
Last updated on June 10:
The Siem Reap Provincial Administration designated Kampong Khleang commune, Sot Nikum district as a Red Zone. Kork Thlok Krahorm commune in Chi Kreng district was declared as a Dark Yellow zone while Kampong Kdei commune, Chi Kreng district, was designated as Yellow Zone. Read more
Last updated on June 4:
The Siem Reap Provincial Administration on June 4 announced the end of a nighttime curfew and other restrictive measures imposed in April to curb the spread of Covid-19. Read more
Last updated on June 3:
Phnom Penh City Hall has banned a gathering of more than 15 people and temporarily suspended occupations or business activities that have a high risk of spreading Covid-19. Read more
Last updated on May 30:
Kandal province has designate as reintroduced coloured zoning to denote Covid-19 infections.
The Red Zone includes:
- Parts of Peam Reang Leu village from the northern border to Peam Reang Leu International School of Peam Reang Leu village,
- Peam Reang commune, Leuk Dek district.
- Loeung Tum area from Phum Thmey Primary School to the southern border of Prek Ta Tuon village. Read more
Last updated on May 22:
Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng announced late on May 21 that the 8pm-3am curfew in yellow zone and the ban on the sale of alcoholic drinks will be lifted at the onset of May 22.
Businesses including cafes, restaurants and markets can let customers sit and eat inside their venues as normal but must implement health measures by requiring all customers to scan the “Stop Covid” QR code before entering. Read more
Last updated on May 21:
Kandal province’s Takmao town has gone one step further by lifting all covid-19 administrative measures – including coloured zones – from May 20.
The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Administration also intends to lift its Covid-19 administrative measures in Sisophon town beginning May 22.
InPhnom Penh, the municipal administration has decided to reopen all state-run markets. Improvised markets, such as those near hospitals, factories or residential areas, will remain closed until further notice. Read more
Last updated on May 17:
Phnom Penh will reduce the size of areas designated as red zones to the household level and reclassify orange zones to yellow, according to the municipal administration.
The decision was made on May 17 at a virtual meeting led by municipal governor Khuong Sreng with relevant authorities. Read more
Last updated on May 12:
The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration will retain through May 19 the capital’s three-colour-coded system that determines to what extent coronavirus restrictions are placed on parts of the city. Read more
Last updated on May 11:
The Kampong Speu provincial authorities extended for another week the suspension of business activities in certain areas to contain the spread of Covid-19.
According to a directive on May 10, the administrative measures will be extended through May 17. Restaurants and food stalls are banned from receiving customers between 8pm and 3am, but these establishments could make deliveries. Read more
Last updated on May 8:
Siem Reap Provincial Administration announced today that it has decided to extend the curfew for another two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province.
According to the administration, due to the fact the number of cases in the province has not decreased, it will continue to implement curfew until May 21. Read more
Last updated on May 7:
Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed provincial authorities to refrain from imposing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for people entering their territories. The measure, he said, should only apply to those suspected of carrying Covid-19. Read more
Last updated on May 7:
Preah Sihanouk province on May 6 unveiled a three-colour-coded system that will determine to what extent coronavirus restrictions are placed on parts of the province. Read more
Last updated on May 6:
Cambodia ended today a blanket coronavirus lockdown in Phnom Penh after three weeks, as busy traffic returned to some streets of the capital, though authorities retained tighter curbs in some districts where infections have surged. Read more
Last updated on May 5:
The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. Read more
Last updated on April 30:
Inbound airline passengers from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap into the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk will now be required to undergo 14-day quarantine, according to a decision signed by governor Kuoch Chamroeun on April 29. Read more
Last updated on April 29:
As the modified lockdown measures take effect on April 29, the Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has issued a directive that explains which businesses can operate in yellow and dark yellow zones. Read more
Last updated on April 28:
Battambang provincial authorities on April 22 temporarily opened 11 markets that had previously been ordered shut from April 21-29. Authorities also announced that individuals entering the province are required to test for Covid-19 or quarantine. Read more
Last updated on April 27:
The Royal Government of Cambodia has decided to temporarily ban all Indian nationalities and foreigners from India or transited in India within three weeks of their travel schedules before entering Cambodia by air, land or water. Read more
Last updated on April 26:
The government on April 26 announced an extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province for another seven days – or longer if residents do not comply with Covid-19 preventive measures and the community outbreak does not subside – until May 5. Read more
Last updated on April 24:
Cambodia closed all markets in the capital Phnom Penh today to contain a surge in coronavirus infections and thousands of families pleaded to the government for food as a two-week lockdown continued. Read more
Last updated on April 23:
Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuch Chamroeun has decided to place the country’s main coastal tourist attraction in lockdown for two weeks to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Sihanoukville is put in lockdown for 14 days, effective April 23 midnight through May 6. Read more
Last updated on April 22:
Two provinces – Kampong Cham and Siem Reap – have announced the extension of the administrative measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 for another 14 days. This also includes the ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks.
The suspension is effective April 21 through May 5 at locations such as resorts, restaurants, cafes, mobile stalls, marts, and public malls. Read more
Last updated on April 18:
The Ministry of Tourism announced the continued closing tourism resort across the country for the next 8 days until April 28, 2021 to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Read more
Last updated on April 16:
The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Read more
Last updated on April 14:
The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. Read more
Last updated on April 13:
Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Khuong Sreng has extended the 8pm-5am curfew for another two weeks in a bid to contain the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19. The curfew will now last through April 28. Read more
Last updated on April 10:
Siem Reap Provincial Administration announced today that the provincial administration has decided to impose a curfew to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus in Siem Reap province, which will be two weeks from April 10-23, 2021. Read more
Last updated on April 10:
Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng late on April 9 placed parts of three districts in two-week lockdown as Covid-19 cases in the areas soar to an alarming level. The lockdown will last through April 23. Read more
Last updated on April 8:
Cambodia is shutting its most popular tourist destination, the centuries-old Angkor temple complex, to visitors for two weeks to help curb the country’s coronavirus outbreak. Read more
Last updated on April 5:
Kampong Chhnang provincial governor Chhour Chandoeun has issued a guideline for COVID-19 prevention measures, saying that anyone who enters the province will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine and get tested for COVID-19. Read more
Last updated on March 27:
The Ministry of Tourism issued eight regulations for the management of tourists in tourism-related businesses, services and resorts for the whole country during the upcoming Khmer New Year holiday (April 14 to 16). Read more
Last updated on March 25:
Siem Reap provincial authorities have ordered all drivers and travelers passing through or entering the province to fill out information forms and QR Code scanning amid the community outbreak. Read more
Last updated on March 22:
Mondulkiri province enforces 14 days’ quarantine for external visitors and travellers. Read more
Last updated on March 13:
The Governor of Prey Veng province has issued a decision to temporarily suspend traffic in and out of four communes in Peam Po District, Prey Veng Province. Read more
Last updated on March 9:
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the immediate suspension of all gatherings in view of the severe spread of COVID-19 cases. Read more
Last updated on March 4:
Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration has announced a temporary travel ban to and from the province, except for ambulances and trucks transporting goods. Read more
Last updated on March 1:
The Ministry of Tourism has temporarily banned all gym activities in Phnom Penh and provinces in the light of worsening COVID-19 outbreaks. Read more
Last updated on February 26:
Sports activities across Phnom Penh and several other provinces were suspended or cancelled after the Cambodian government imposed another ban in light of the worsening health situation. Read more
Last updated on February 23:
The government has ordered all museums, cinemas and theatres in Phnom Penh capital and Kandal province to be shut down for two weeks to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Read more
Last updated on February 21:
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) has set up a QR Code “Stop Covid” in an attempt to provide additional measures to increase the efficiency and speed of prevention and control of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Read more
Last updated on February 21:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the E-Type Visa, aimed at short term travellers to Cambodia, is now available online.
The E-Type Visa is single entry only and valid for 30 days stay in Cambodia. Once issued it has a 3-month validity. Read more
Last updated on January 23:
A Ministry of Health official confirmed today that travellers who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 must still undergo quarantine when they enter Cambodia. Read more
Last updated on December 31:
Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona has informed that museum and other performance art or theatre will open again starting on Friday, January 1. Read more
Last updated on December 30:
Cinemas in Cambodia have announced that they will finally re-open on January 1. Read more
Last updated on December 28:
Cambodia’s Ministry of Health has lifted its restrictions on restaurants and shops.
All restaurants and shops can now operate as normal but must strictly adhere to the guidelines given by the ministry so as to protect their patrons from COVID-19. Read more
Last updated on December 28:
Private educational institutions have been allowed to reopen from December 29 while the 2020-2021 academic year for public schools will resume on January 11, according to a notice from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.
All schools are required to continue implementing health safety measures. Read more
Last updated on December 16:
Tourists on expired visas have been granted an automatic extension. Read more
Last updated on December 5:
The last updated on the implementation of health measures and quarantine for all travellers entering Cambodia, effective from 12 December 2020. Read more
Last updated on December 3:
The Ministry of Tourism has instructed all local tourism-related businesses to implement additional preventive measures, including the prohibition of mass gatherings at local resorts, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 following the “November 28 community incident”. Read more
Last updated on November 30:
All foreign and Cambodian arrivals must quarantine in designated government quarantine centres and will no longer be allowed to self-quarantine at home. Read more
Last updated on November 19:
The PM has called an end of the “November 3 event”, and cinemas and museums can reopen and weddings can take place once more. Read more
Last updated on November 19:
Public and private schools would be reopened from November 23 as well as the National Olympic Stadium. Read more
Last updated on November 16:
From 18 Nov, foreign arrivals from China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, the European Union and the US who have a sponsor must have a negative certificate within 72 hours of their departure, and have a test upon arrival. They must isolate in a hotel until the results are released, then will be permitted to leave after giving a planned schedule.
Diplomats must also provide a certificate stating they are free of COVID-19 within 72 hours of their departure, have a test on arrival, and wait at least 24 hours at a hotel or quarantine for their results. Those foreigners who arrive without sponsorship must now stay in a government-designated hotel for a 2-week mandatory quarantine and are not permitted to quarantine at home. Read more
Last updated on November 13:
Cambodia has been added to the UK government’s travel corridor list. Read more
Last updated on November 7:
Cambodian authorities wanted to boost repeat and quality tourism and investors at one and the same time by offering long-term visas to groups such as retirees, business people and those with families in the country.
Special Tourist Policy (STP) would be introduced to boost tourism and investment by next year. Read more
Last updated on September 15:
The Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia has said that Cambodia Angkor Air will resume regular flights from September 15.
The resumption of its operations currently is in line with the growing demand of domestic tourists facilitated by Cambodia being able to contain the spread of domestic COVID-19. Read more
Last updated on August 22:
Japan and Cambodia agreed Saturday to reopen borders for expatriates, starting possibly from early September, on condition they observe a 14-day self-quarantine period and take other precautions against the novel coronavirus.
Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi agreed on the policy with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen during their meeting in Phnom Penh, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Read more
Last updated on August 4:
Announcement of the Ministry of Health on Revision of Entry Requirements for Foreign Travelers to Cambodia as of August 4. Read more
Last updated on July 27:
The government is temporarily suspending flights from Malaysia and Indonesia from August 1 until their infection rates decline. Read more
Last updated on July 14:
Japan is planning to resume business flights with 10 more Asian countries, including Cambodia. The destinations are where the pandemic is under control and what are known as travel bubbles or air bridges that proliferate in Asia. Read more
Last updated on July 6:
The latest announcement from Cambodia that all travellers wishing to enter Cambodia should take note that Cambodia has suspended all visa exemptions, visa on arrival, tourist visas and e-visas. For more information, please read more here.
Last updated on July 3:
Cambodia has announced that all casinos in the country will be allowed to resume operations, but only with gambling and slot machines. Read more
Last updated on June 29:
Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) has cancelled the USD3,000 deposit for Covid-19 related costs and USD50,000 medical insurance requirements for Cambodian nationals who are holding foreign passports with a Visa K entry permit.
The update to the entry requirements came into force at all of the country’s airports on 26 June. The two requirements on the cash or credit card deposit and insurance cover remain in place for all non-Cambodian travellers. Read more
Last updated on June 24:
The government yesterday informed Vietnam regarding its decision to lift the ban on cross-border movement via borders shared with the country but said prevention guidelines remain in place to mitigate risks of coronavirus transmission. Read more
Last updated on June 16:
The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) of the Kingdom of Cambodia presents its compliment to all local airlines of Cambodia, foreign airlines, and commercial private jets operating into and out of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Preah Sihanouk International Airports and would like to update the latter on the pricing policy for COVID-19. Read more
Upon their arrival in Cambodia, all foreign nationals must provide proof of Health Insurance Documents with a minimum medical coverage of not less than USD 50,000 and must make deposits, by cash or credit card, of USD 3,000. Read more
Last updated on June 11:
The government has decided to charge all foreign visitors for lab testing, medical treatment and accommodation under health measures to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 (C-19) transmission in the country.
Under the Kingdom’s health measures, all travelers, both Cambodians and foreigners, who travel to Cambodia will be transferred from airports to waiting centres where COVID-19 swab tests are done. They are required to remain at the centres until the test results are released.
“Upon arrival, all foreign passengers are required to deposit $3,000 at the airport to pay for the virus prevention services,” Read more
Last updated on June 10:
Cambodia has required foreigners to pay for COVID-19 lab test, quarantine and treatment services, Economy and Finance Minister Aun Pornmoniroth said in a letter dated Monday and released to the media on Tuesday.
Under the kingdom’s health measures, all travelers, both Cambodians and foreigners, who travel to Cambodia will be transferred from airports to waiting centers for COVID-19 lab tests and they are required to wait for the test results at those centers. Read more
Last updated on June 8:
Hotels and international flights forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Cambodia are expected to reopen this month. Clais Chenda, President of Cambodia Hotel Association, said that some hotel owners confirm they will resume operations shortly and international flights are expected to commence from mid-June, as the local disease situation is seemingly calm. Read more
Last updated on June 6:
Hotels and international flights forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Cambodia are expected to reopen this month.
Clais Chenda, President of Cambodia Hotel Association, said that some hotel owners confirm they will resume operations shortly and international flights are expected to commence from mid-June, as the local disease situation is seemingly calm. Read more
Last updated on June 5:
Covid-19 measures are strict at Cambodia’s airports. To gain access to the country travellers need to present a health certificate issued within 72-hours of travel that confirms the traveller is Covid-19 free and they must show health and immigration officials proof of medical insurance cover valued at USD50,000. Read more
Last updated on May 25:
Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng confirmed that measures to prevent Covid-19 from being imported from abroad had been tightened, and all passengers arriving at airports would now be quarantined.
Bun Heng was quoted by Fresh News as saying: “It is not only the flights from South Korea. All passengers who return to Cambodia have to be quarantined for 14 days and tested for Covid-19 to prevent spreading the virus. Read more
Last updated on May 21:
The Ministry of Health issued a declaration allowing foreign nationals from six countries (Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the United States) to re-enter Cambodia. Read more
Last updated on Apr 28:
The Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Immigration (GDI) announced that it would not grant visa extensions to foreigners staying in Cambodia if their names are not listed on the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS) by July 1. Read more
Last updated on Apr 6:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced tourists holding Visa T and arriving in the Kingdom after January 1 will be allowed to prolong. Read more
Last updated on March 30:
The government of Cambodia has announced the following measures effective from 23h59, 30th of March:
- Suspension of visa exemption policy and issuance of tourist visa, e-visa and visa on arrival to any foreigner for a period of one month.
- Any foreigner wishing to travel to the Kingdom of Cambodia must obtain a prior visa from Cambodian missions abroad. He/She must provide a medical certificate, issued by the competent health authorities of his/her country no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel, certifying that he/she is not tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (covid-19). In addition, he/she must provide proof of his/her insurance policy that shows minimum medical coverage during his/her intended stay in Cambodia in the amount of not less than fifty thousand US Dollars.
- The requirements for a medical certificate and insurance do not apply to any foreigner holding diplomatic visa (Visa A) or official visa (Visa B) of Cambodia.
- Upon entry into the Kingdom of Cambodia, any foreigner will be subject to health risk assessment and screened by competent government officers before he/she is allowed to enter into the country. He/She will be subject to a mandatory isolation, quarantine or any other measures for the prevention and containment of this virus as prescribed by the Ministry of Health of Cambodia.
- All the above-mentioned travel restrictions are temporary and will be reviewed regularly by the Royal Government of Cambodia based on the evolution of the global situation as related to this virus. Source
Last updated on March 20:
Passengers arriving from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain or USA are not allowed to enter Cambodia. – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Cambodia. Nationals and residents of Cambodia, diplomats and officials of foreign embassies and international organizations and their family members who have a Diplomatic Visa Type A and Official Visa Type B who live or have been in France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain or USA in the past 14 days will be quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to airline crew. Source
Other nationalities can technically still arrive however given the introduction of quarantine measures in which travellers can get caught up, we advise nationalities other than the 5 above to POSTPONE any travel to CAMBODIA until 31 March 2020.
Last updates on temporary closure for 18th of March
The National Museum is closed until further notice.
The S21 Toul Sleng Museum is closed until further notice.
The Killing Fields are closed until further notice.
Wat Phnom is closed until further notice.
The Royal Palace is closed until further notice.
The Silver Pagoda is closed until further notice.
The Angkor National Museum is closed until further notice.
There are no travel restrictions issued by the Cambodian government. Officials perform temperature screenings on arriving travelers at international airports.
The General Department of Waterway And Maritime Transport, and Ports of Cambodia has announced that from the 13th Mar 2020 until future notice, all international tourist cruises are not allowed to enter Cambodia.
The Cambodian government has announced a temporary entry stop for Italian, German, Spanish, French and American citizens for a period of 30 days starting from Tuesday the 17th of March till 16th April 2020.
Source: Focus Asia, Forwardkeys, Dragon Trail, MTCO, National Tourism Department