Brief: Quarantine Halved for Unvaccinated Travelers

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Authorities stand at attention outside a Phnom Penh quarantine center in February 2021. (Phnom Penh Police Facebook)
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Unvaccinated arrivals will need to quarantine for just one week — down from the previous requirement of two weeks — the Health Ministry announced on Thursday.

Cambodia has already removed Covid-19 arrival requirements for vaccinated travelers.

In a statement dated Thursday, the ministry said the policy was effective immediately, and arrivals who were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated would need to quarantine for just one week.

Air arrivals would be checked for Covid-19 via rapid testing just once, on the seventh day of their quarantine, while land arrivals would be tested on day one and seven, the announcement said.

It added that unvaccinated Cambodian arrivals should be given their first or second doses of Covid-19 vaccinations when leaving quarantine.

Separately, the Tourism Ministry said that the more than 5 million travelers during the Khmer New Year holiday period had spent an estimated $275 million dollars — $263 million by domestic travelers and $12 million by foreigners.

The four provinces that saw the most spending were Kampong Cham, at $54 million; Preah Sihanouk, at $48 million; Battambang, at $31 million; and Siem Reap, at $30 million.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon said economic multipliers could raise the total revenue impact on the national economy to $550 million.

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