Cambodia to reopen to international visitors in phased manner

Monitoring Desk

Good news for all those vaccinated travellers who have been planning to visit Cambodia for a historic vacation. As per the reports, foreign tourists will soon be able to visit Cambodia and its ancient Angkor Wat temples once again, after officials recently flagged a partial reopening to vaccinated travellers.

Reports have it that the COVID pandemic and COVID-related travel restrictions have put brakes on Cambodia’s burgeoning tourism industry, resulting in its revenue plummeting to USD 1 billion last year, which was down from nearly USD 5 billion in 2019, when the country managed to lure as many as 6.6 million visitors.

The Cambodian Tourism Ministry recently announced the reopening of popular beach spots in Sihanoukville and the island of Koh Rong, as well as Dara Sakor, on November 30. Further, reports state that the northern city of Siem Reap, which is the gateway to the world heritage-listed Angkor Wat complex, will also be added to the country’s hotel quarantine-free travel scheme in January.

As regarding rules for entry, foreign travellers will have to show proof of their vaccination certificate, health insurance covering treatment for COVID-19, and negative swab tests prior to departure and upon arrival in the country. Also, tourist will have to stay for a minimum of five days at the pilot locations, where they will further have to undergo swab test before being allowed to explore other parts of Cambodia.

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