Cambodia is open for tourism as one of the safest destinations by CDC

Cambodia reopening to tourists - travel restrictions

The Cambodian government has reopened its borders to international travelers on May 20 with one of the most challenging travel strategies we have heard of.

However, On October 2, the Minister of Tourism, Dr. Thong Khon, spoke about the need to explore the possibility of considering the ASEAN Travel Bubble to bring back tourism

Keep reading to see what steps you need to follow to be granted entry to Cambodia. 

Is COVID-19 test needed?

Yes.  Both foreigners and citizens entering Cambodia need to take a test at a certified medical facility in their country of origin (or departure) in the 72 hours prior to their arrival. The negative results must be in either English or French.

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Health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment

Visitors must present proof of health insurance to cover all COVID-19 medical expenses for up to USD $50.000 USD (Read our article on insurance plans that covers COVID travel)

An alternative is to buy a 20-day insurance package for 90 USD from FORTE insurance company. 

*Only foreigners with diplomatic or official visas (A or B visas) and Cambodian citizens are exempt.

Don’t forget to bring your USD $2,000 “deposit”

Cambodia reopening to tourists - travel restrictions

There is a 2,000 USD “deposit” you will need to pay on arrival either with cash or credit card. The money from your deposit will be used to cover any payments needed while using your health insurance services or for government-mandated procedures:

  • Transportation to and from testing or medical facilities
  • Doctor fees and 
  • Other costs not covered by your insurance

How can a traveler get their deposit back?

  • If everybody in your flight tests negative for COVID-19 you can claim the unspent amount left on your deposit. (Source)
  • If at least one person tests positive the money will be used to cover the fees for your accommodation, transport, and food while you quarantine at a government-approved facility.

COVID-19 test on arrival

All arriving travelers will be taken to a COVID-19 testing facility where they will take a test and wait until all results are available (24 hours). 

Do travelers have to quarantine?

Yes. They do. Every person entering the country will need to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. There are two possibilities depending on the results of the test you take when you arrive:

  • If all passengers in your flight (or arriving with you) receive a negative COVID-19 test result, you will be able to quarantine at home or your chosen residence.
  • If you or any of the passengers arriving with you happen to be positive for COVID-19, all passengers in that flight or vessel will have to quarantine at a government-approved facility. On the 13th day you will take another test and if it comes back negative you will be able to resume your trip.

For more information on restrictions and requirements click here.

Do travelers need official visas to entry Cambodia?

For now, that’s a yes. Cambodia has suspended all visa exemptions (Tourist visa, visas on arrival and e-visas.) This means ALL FOREIGN VISITORS need to acquire a proper visa through a Cambodian Embassy or Diplomatic mission before traveling

COVID-19 situation in Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the safest places to visit during COVID-19. At the moment, Cambodia only has between 0-3 daily cases of Coronavirus.

Cambodia is one of the 21 countries that do not have any CDC warnings.

Is it safe to visit Cambodia now?

Yes, Cambodia is safe to visit now. According to the CDC organization, it has only a warning level 1 which means that the risk is very low. (Source: CDC.gov)

Commercial airlines are traveling from and to Cambodia

These airlines are operating at a limited capacity.

COVID-19 situation in Cambodia

As of November 30, Cambodia has only reported 291 COVID cases and 0 deaths. Cambodia still remains one of the best countries in handling the Coronavirus spread.

Covid-19 situation in Cambodia
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Covid-19 situation in Cambodia
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According to the official reports, Cambodia has had 0 deaths and 308 positive cases, with only 2 of them active as of today. However, due to the detentions, attacks and jail time 15 Cambodian journalists have had to face between July and September, for reporting on the pandemic, we think these figures may not be entirely trustworthy.