When Can We Travel To Cambodia In 2021?
LAST UPDATE: NOVEMBER 19, 2021
Disclaimer: This information is collated from official sources but general in nature. Entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Keep checking for the latest advice from your local government, embassy, or consulate to confirm any visa or entry requirements before travel.
Things around the world are gradually returning to normal as the global vaccine rollout gains momentum. We are monitoring the situation closely and will keep this article updated with any new info. So, can we travel to Cambodia in 2021? Read on for the latest updates.
AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO CAMBODIA?
From November 15 2021 Cambodia is OPEN for fully vaccinated travellers. Sandy beaches, epic temples, stunning sunsets... beautiful Cambodia is finally welcoming tourists back! Read on for details.
Cambodia is currently not issuing visas on arrival, but e-visa for tourists planning to travel to Cambodia have been reintroduced online. Fees, conditions and photograph requirements are subject to change. Please check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation for the latest information.
NEGATIVE COVID RESULT
Arrivals must produce evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test less than 72 hours before departure.
DO I NEED A VACCINE?
It's not mandatory, but only travellers fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to enter Cambodia without quarantine. Travellers need to show evidence of two doses of vaccine on arrival.
Non-vaccinated individuals are still required to follow the 14 day quarantine as previously mandated by the government.
PROOF OF INSURANCE
Travellers must provide proof of health and travel insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment. Covid insurance covering a 20 day period can be purchased on-arrival at Phnom Penh Airport for $US 90.
Fully vaccinated travellers can enter without quarantine! Travellers need to show evidence of two doses of vaccine. They must also do a rapid test on arrival at the airport and wait for the results (about 30mins), then are free to travel around Cambodia if results are negative.
Non-vaccinated individuals can enter but are still required to do a hefty 14 day quarantine at a government-designated hotel or Alternative State Quarantine hotel and cover the costs themselves.
No applications are compulsory for tracking Covid in Cambodia.
RESTRICTIONS & OPEN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Many tourist attractions and restaurants have been shut for the past 18 months due to the lack of travellers, but with the borders opening, businesses are resuming operations. All people in Cambodia are encouraged to wear masks and avoid large gatherings. Temples, museums and attractions are open, ready and waiting for you!
Each country has different restrictions for travellers arriving from abroad. For information relevant to your situation, keep up to date with local government announcements.
In the UK, international travel restrictions apply under a simplified two-tier system. Countries are listed as 'red' (must quarantine on arrival in the UK) or 'rest of the world' (good to travel). Good news is that Cambodia is good to travel! Find out more about UK travel restrictions here.
Travelling Cambodia is an epic adventure, and joining one of our group tours in Cambodia is the best way to experience it! Whether you're on a short holiday, travelling on a gap year, or anything in between, on our 10 day Cambodia Intro trip we'll show you the best of this extraordinary country with a new group of friends. Tourism has flourished in Cambodia over the past two decades due to its natural beauty, friendly people, and ancient wonders, and the country is eagerly awaiting the return of international tourists now borders are open! We can't wait to be back ASAP.
NOTE: This information is general and restrictions are subject to change, so keep in touch with the latest official advice from your local government and Cambodian authorities.
WHEN WILL CAMBODIA FULLY REOPEN TO TOURISM?
The great news is that if you're fully-vaxxed Cambodia is now open! Cambodia has vaccinated nearly 90% of its more than 16 million people, one of Asia's highest inoculation rates. We will update this article regarding decisions about recommencing our Cambodia group tours in 2022.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO TRAVEL CAMBODIA?
Cambodia is warm year-round, so you can enjoy a tropical getaway any month you travel! The wet season brings a higher chance of rain from May to October, but this usually involves an afternoon downpour followed by sunshine. The rest of the year is hot and dry, perfect for laying on beaches and exploring temples at sunrise à la Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider. There isn't really a bad time to travel to Cambodia, which is good news for those of us keen to get away as soon as the world reopens.
WHY VISIT CAMBODIA?
Think ancient temples hidden for centuries by mysterious, dense jungle, the friendliest people on the planet, stunning stretches of natural beauty, and a dark, sobering history that puts it all in perspective. We love Cambodia, and honestly think it's the most underrated country in South East Asia.
LEARN ABOUT CAMBODIA'S DARK, IMPORTANT HISTORY
The genocide wrought by the Khmer Rouge less than 50 years ago devastated Cambodia. The communist political group massacred over 2 million citizens in an attempt to establish a classless state, and the effects of this mass violence still ripple through the country. Cambodia's modern history is hard to fathom, but offers important lessons and perspectives for modern life. In Phnom Penh, you can visit S21 prison and the Killing Fields, two sites used by the Khmer Rouge throughout their cruel regime. Visiting is tough but touching, and gives crucial context for the Cambodia of today.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATURAL BEAUTY
Need a break from the four walls you've been locked down in? Away from the cities, natural beauty reigns supreme in Cambodia. You've got serene, crystal clear seas and soft white shores on Cambodia's islands, soaring palm trees and snaking rivers in Kampot, and thick, mysterious jungle cloaking sites of worship all over the country. A real feast for the eyes that's guaranteed to make you stop and stare... and fill your camera roll. Cambodia is the dose of nature we all deserve after this past year.
HAVE GENUINE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES
You certainly could laze away your days on islands like Koh Rong, but if you're after something a little more authentic, backpacking Cambodia is for you. Become an expert in a national cuisine that few know about at a cooking class, visit the floating villages for insight into local traditions, kayak through unspoilt waterways, check out Cambodia's unique wildlife, or visit the centre where APOPO trains giant rats to safely detect landmines.
MEET FRIENDLY FACES
When travelling in Cambodia you will be overwhelmed by the kindness, warmth, and generous hospitality of the Cambodian people. Despite the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, the gentle nature of the locals prevails. From shop owners to tuk-tuk drivers, you'll almost always be greeted with a wide smile and 'suosdei brother/sister!'
EXPLORE THE LARGEST TEMPLE COMPLEX IN THE WORLD
Angkor Wat, aka the biggest religious complex in the world, is the biggest draw for people to travel in Cambodia. It was originally built over 900 years ago as a Hindu temple, but eventually converted to a Buddhist monument of epic proportions. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Wat is of extreme importance to the Cambodian people and a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists and tourists alike. There's no better way to soak up the majesty of Angkor Wat than at sunrise - so get up, grab a coffee, and unlock your inner Indiana Jones whilst exploring this breathtaking wonder.
Things are looking GOOD for 2022 adventures in Cambodia! Travel restrictions are easing worldwide and tourism will return with a surge in demand, so now is the time to get planning.
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