The global spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 has, in a matter of few weeks, changed the Cambodia Global Health Advisory from Level 1 (“Exercise the normal precautions”) to Level 4 (“Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19”).
PRIOR TO ARRIVAL
As we speak, some strict restrictions have been set in place for all foreign visitors by the Ministry of Health. If you wish to enter Cambodia you’ll need to:
- get a valid visa issued prior to departure by the Cambodian Embassy of your country. The visa is typically granted for business purposes, therefore remember to bring a copy of your employment letter, written in English and issued, stamped, and signed by your employer in Cambodia. Cambodia has stopped issuing e-visas, visas on arrival, and visa exemptions for an unforeseeable future.
- have proof of health insurance coverage of a minimum of USD 50,000 while in Cambodia.
- get a medical certificate confirming a negative test for COVID-19, issued no longer than 72 hours prior to the date of travel, from a competent health authority.
Note : Although there are no official indications about it, travelers informed us that to avoid to be rejected at the departure check-in:
- the medical certificate must be fully written in English
- the medical certificate shall be issued no longer than 72 hours prior to the arrival date
Deposit of US$3.000
- The government is now imposing charges for lab testing, medical treatment and accommodation under health measures to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 transmission in Cambodia.
- All foreign passengers are required to deposit US$3000 for the COVID-19 service charges at the airport upon their arrival. Once deductions for services have been made, the remainder of the deposit will be returned.
- This can be paid either by cash or credit card.
Testing – Screening
- All foreigners arriving in Cambodia will now be subject to a COVID-19 test on arrival.
- You will be required to remain at a government-designated facility until the results are known, which may include an overnight stay.
- In case one or more of the passengers have been found for positive COVID-19, all of the passengers who traveled together are required to quarantine 14 days at a government-designated place.
- In case all passengers have confirmed for negative COVID-19, they are allowed to quarantine 14 days at their own home or accommodation of their choice, under control by the local authority and health officer to test again on the 13th day of the quarantine.
- Upon presenting the negative test results issued on the 13th day of the quarantine by the authorized Provincial Hospital to the authorized Cambodian Asia Bank branch, you will have the remainder of the $3.000 deposit returned, after deducting lab testing, medical treatment and accommodation expenses.
The Cambodian government may impose additional movement or travel restrictions on short notice. We advise travellers to monitor the media for information on latest developments and to follow the advice of local authorities or embassies, such as:
- Australian Government—Department of Foreigner Affairs and Trade
- U.S. Embassy in Cambodia
- Government of Canada
- GOV UK- Foreign Travel Advice
You can also join “Cambodia Visa and Work Permit Group“, a private self-managed group on Facebook which aims to share information around Cambodian visas and work permits.
To see the updated figures of COVID-19 cases in Cambodia, check the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
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