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Businesses across Cambodia, including hotels, restaurants, resorts, tourism transportation by water and land, and community-based tourism have been operating mostly as usual with safety precautions since mid-April 2020. 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.** The Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia in collaboration with the National Committee is putting measurements in place to contain the spread of COVID-19. Lead by the Ministry of Public Health, the New Normal Health and Safety Guidelines have been implemented. Currently, all types of licensed tourism businesses have been exempted from the renewed license fees for one year in 2021. Moreover, the Royal Government of Cambodia continues to provide 40 US Dollars per month to the employees who are working for all tourism-related businesses from July-September 2021.
Covid-19 Update and Vaccine Status:
As of July 12th, 2021, Cambodia has 61,870 total cases of covid19, 925 deaths, with 53,477 recoveries. Currently, the number of voluntaries came for the first dose vaccination throughout country of 4,903,845 persons, and the second dose vaccinated 3,796,322 persons. The vaccine injections have been completed in Phnom Penh city since July 08, 2021. Now it is expanding to other provinces based on the voluntary. The Royal of Government of Cambodia (RGC) committed to vaccinate 10 million people end of 2021; there have already been jabbed 49.04% of the targeted people. RGC has also planned to vaccinate for adult aged 18 and above as well. Currently China is one of the major sources of Cambodia Vaccinated Programme. Moreover, to prevent and controlling the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has developed a QR Code system “Stop Covid-19” via www.stopcovid.gov.kh that public needs to scan the QR Code when he/she travels and enter-exit the locations of the hotel, guesthouse, restaurant, canteen, entertainment venue, apartment, condominium, company, factory, enterprise, etc which have a crowd people.
Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test guideline:
Since July 7th, 2021, the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia has been operating the procedure guideline in the legitimate private health facilities of Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test for private health establishment, State non -health institution and unit, country’s border gates, private companies, factories, enterprises, and other business locations and for the individual.
Covid-19 Vaccinated Tourism Package:
To support the tourism recovery, the Government has rolled out the vaccinated program to Sihanouk Ville and Siem Reap province as we planned to reopen International Tourists or Vaccinated Tourists Package launching at the fourth Quarter of 2021 and 2022. This is required the tourists to apply for the visa at the Embassy or Consulate situated in their home countries attached with Vaccinated Certificates that would be provided to Visa B (Businesses and Investors) and Visa T (Leisure Tourism) focused on Sport Tourists and Cultural Heritage Tourism. There would be considered for three priorities: Priority 1 (China), Priority 2 (Korea and Japan), and Priority 3 (Europe and America). These priorities would be offered to the low risk countries of Covid-19 infections, and the countries containing the Direct Flights or Charter Fights to Cambodia, or any decisions of the Royal Government of Cambodia.
The flights between Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Sihanouk Ville have been resumed and operated normally referring to Civil Aviation Reported to the Ministry of Tourism on September 25, 2020. Presently, there have been 18 operational airlines in Cambodia consists of China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Shenzhen Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Lanmei Airlines, JC International Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Korea Airlines, Eva Air, JetStar Asia Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Smite Airway, Bangkok Airways, Cambodia Airways, Cambodia Angkor Air, Sky Angkor Air, and Spring Airlines.
All visa exemptions, visas on arrival and e-visas are suspended until further notice. All travellers, as well as diplomats and the officials of International Organizations must have valid medical certificates issued 72 hours prior to the departure, but all travellers must purchase a health insurance package for COVID-19 treatment, with a cost of USD90 for a 50,000 US dollars Insurance package and is valid for 20 days through FORTE insurance Company, be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival both all travellers and diplomats and officials of International Organizations and undertake a full 14-day quarantine with a re-test on the 14th day. All passengers must deposit $2,000 upon arrival at international airports in Cambodia, which will be used to cover hotel accommodation costs during the quarantine, Covid-19 test fees, and local transportation cost from the international airport to the reserved hotel. In case that the budget remained after actual expenses, the MOH will transfer that amounts of money to each traveller in three days after completion of the health measures. For Diplomats and the Officials of International Organizations, all expenses shall be borne by the persons concerned.
*Ministry of Tourism, Phnom Penh Municipality Administration, Ministry of Health, and Khmertimeskh.com listed on August 28, 2020.
**The Phnom Penh Post
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Most of the hotels and restaurants in Yunnan and Guangxi have reopened, with safety measurements in place. Mandatory requirements to check temperatures and use health apps or scan QR codes to prove travel history are in place at transport hubs, hotels, commercial buildings including restaurants, residential compounds and other locations – such locations are also increasingly requiring use of ‘health kit code’ apps to demonstrate health condition and travel history. *
Commercial flights are operating to and from China. International airlines may only maintain one route to China, operating one flight per week. *
All travelers are strongly advised to check with a local Chinese embassy or consulate in each jurisdiction they intend to pass through in order to confirm all testing and document verification requirements. *
*Ministry of Culture and Tourism, PR China
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Laos has extended its lockdown Covid-19 prevention measures across the country for a further 15 days until July 19. Pubs and bars, karaoke bars, entertainment venues, snooker halls, massage parlors, spas, and internet cafes are to remain closed. Indoor sports centers are to remain closed, while contact sports such as football and martial arts remain prohibited in Vientiane Capital. ** Champasak province has gone through lockdown measures throughout the province until July 20. **
International scheduled flights are currently suspended. Land and air transportation may resume between Vientiane Capital and other provinces across the country for passengers who have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine for at least one month without a requirement of 14 days quarantine. **
Closing international borders checkpoints for individuals, except for health emergency, experts, charter flights, and authorized transportation of goods; Suspension of the issuance of all types of visas, including visa-on-arrival, e-visa as well as a tourist visa, for all nationalities. Laos’ agreement for a fast-track immigration with China will begin on 1 Nov.
A 14-day quarantine for inbound/outbound travellers from risk countries, including experts, Lao migrant workers and Lao students returning home, is required. Every individual must have a negative COVID 19 test certificate using RT-PCR of no more than 12 hours before departure to Lao PDR. After arrival, every individual must undergo COVID-19 test using RT-PCR and do a strict 14 days self-quarantine at a venue designated by the Task Force Committee only. Quarantine at other venues apart from the designated ones are not allowed and must strictly follow the preventive measures against COVID 19 infection. All people entering Laos, even those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, still have to follow preventive measures and quarantine for 14 days, announced the country’s Ministry of Health. *
**The Laotian Times
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5 townships in Chin State, 3 in Sagaing Region, 13 in Bago Region, 3 townships in Shan State, 8 in Mandalay Region, 3 in Ayeyarwady Region, 2 in Nay Pyi Taw Region, 1 in Magway Region and 3 in Mon State have been imposed the stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 spike. * Myanmar authorities announced stay-at-home measures in parts of commercial capital Yangon on July 12. A ban on more than one person leaving home for non-medical reasons will apply to 10 Yangon townships. ****
Myanmar has extended the suspension period of international commercial flights to the end of July due to the COVID-19 pandemic. *** International air travelers must book flights at least six days prior to departure. **
The Myanmar government has temporarily suspended the issuance of all types of visas to all foreign nationals as well as e-visa and visa-on-arrival programs. * 14-day quarantine is a must for visitors who enter the country. *
****Channel News Asia.com
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The government approved to extend the Emergency Decree until 31 July 2021. * The newest round of COVID-19 restrictions announced for Bangkok and the five surrounding provinces – Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon, which will be effective for 14 days starting from Monday, 12 July until Sunday, 25 July, 2021. *
- People are asked to remain at home between 21.00-04.00 Hrs. and only to go out if necessary.
- Government agencies are asked to have their employees work from home, while private companies are encouraged to apply a similar measure.
- Take-away services are only allowed up until 20.00 Hrs. at restaurants and eateries.
- Department stores, shopping malls, and community malls are allowed to open until 20.00 Hrs.
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The Royal Thai Government has officially endorsed measures for Phuket to reopen for fully vaccinated international travellers without quarantine requirements from 1 July 2021. * The latest general information of the reopening of Phuket can be viewed at https://www.tatnews.org/2021/06/initial-information-phuket-sandbox/
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced the launch of the Samui Plus programme, under which Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao can be visited by fully vaccinated international tourists with no quarantine requirements.*
The Samui Plus programme is for travel between July and December 2021, to these three islands located in Surat Thani province. General information on the Samui Plus programme; such as, entry requirements, on arrival procedures, safety and hygiene measures, and FAQs can be found here.
International flights with transit/transfer passengers shall be permitted only at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Each passenger shall possess the complete set of the relevant documents which are: Fit to fly health certificate; Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected (done by RT-PCR technique and issued no more than 72 hours before travelling); Travel health insurance (worldwide or including Thailand) covering health care and treatment expenses for COVID-19 disease, or any other guarantee throughout their stay in the Kingdom, with a coverage of no less than 100,000 USD. ***
Persons traveling under categories 2 through 8 above must apply for a “Certificate of Entry” (COE) at a Thai embassy or consulate abroad prior to departing for Thailand. Additionally, all persons must install the “ThailandPlus” mobile application and register to obtain an associated QR code for use upon arrival. **
Foreign nationals not eligible for visa-free travel may now submit applications to their local Thai embassy or consulate for a “Special Tourist Visa” (STV), which allow for stays in Thailand of up to 90 days and may be extended twice. All travelers are advised to contact their local Thai embassy or consulate regarding specific requirements for entry into Thailand from their location. Applications for a COE are available online at the following URL: https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/ **
For more information about the current COVID-19 control measures, please visit: https://www.tatnews.org/
*** Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand
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The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with Kien Giang Province are urgently working on a plan for welcoming international tourists with the so-called Covid-19 vaccine passports to Phu Quoc Island at the soonest. Mask wearing in public areas is compulsory nation-widely. Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai and Tien Giang Provinces were locked down province-widely within 15-days starting from 9 July and 12 July 2021 respectively. Tan An City, Duc Hoa, Ben Luc, Can Duoc, Can Giuoc of Long An Province, Ninh Kieu and Cai Rang Districts of Can Tho City; Di An, Thuan An, Tan Uyen, Thu Dau Mot, Bau Bang Districts of Binh Duong Province; Sa Dec City, Chau Thanh, Lai Vung, Lap Vo, Cao Lanh Districts of Dong Thap Province were locked down starting from 12 July while other districts of Can Tho City and those provinces implement social distancing. Da Nang City has ordered closure of beaches and sit-in dining venues starting at noon of June 20. *
All domestic air passengers are requested to make health declaration before 12-hour departure. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said that the adjustment period of mandatory concentrated quarantine from 14 to at least 21 days for air passengers entering the country from abroad. Air passengers are required to present a valid negative coronavirus test result before travelling from/to Ho Chi Minh City, according to a new directive by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV). All kinds of transportation were suspended from and to Ho Chi Minh City and those cities and districts which have been in lockdown situation. *
Vietnam has been not allowing entry or issuing visas to foreign nationals for purpose of tourism visit since March 22, 2020. Vietnam has officially suspended all visa exemptions. Currently the country is offering entry to diplomats, experts, investors, long-term students and their respective family members, and the Vietnamese returning home. Anyone entering Vietnam will need to undergo medical checks upon arrival and 21-day quarantine. Vietnam’s Immigration Department has announced that all foreigners who entered Vietnam after March 1 on visa exemptions, e-visas or tourism visas will be given automatic stay extensions until July 31st, 2021. *
Foreign nationals seeking to enter Vietnam should contact their local Vietnamese embassy or consulate in order to verify their visa status travel prior to making travel arrangements. Health declaration forms are available at the following URL: https://tokhaiyte.vn/
*Vietnam National Administration of Tourism