Cambodia Drops Covid-19 Testing Requirements for New Arrivals

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People in the lobby area of the Phnom Penh International Airport on March 11, 2020 (VOD)
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Cambodia has brought back visas on arrival for international travelers, and removed requirements for Covid-19 tests both before departure and after arrival.

In an announcement dated Thursday, Health Minister Mam Bunheng said travelers would still need to be vaccinated, and show a certificate of vaccination.

But most other requirements have been removed.

The change is effective as of Thursday, and contains three points:

  1. Cancel requirements for travelers from abroad that had required them to show negative PCR test results from within 72 hours of arrival.
  2. Cancel requirements for rapid testing upon arrival.
  3. Allow visas-on-arrival for all international travelers by air, land or water.

Unvaccinated travelers would be required to quarantine for 14 days, the statement says.

Cambodia began reopening to travelers in November, removing quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers. Those in the country’s tourism sector have nevertheless said that it would take some time for international arrival numbers to recover.

Some 7,304 foreign visitors bought tickets to the country’s primary attraction Angkor Archaeological Park in February, according to Angkor Enterprise — up 145 percent from a year earlier, including a rise from 150 French visitors in February 2021 to 1,337 in the same month this year. But it remains a fraction of the 118,933 total foreign visitors in February 2020 and 273,259 in February 2019.

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