When Can We Travel To Cambodia In 2021?
LAST UPDATE: MARCH 31, 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.
While many countries are still currently under lockdown, restrictions are gradually starting to ease as the global vaccine rollout gains momentum. While there is no exact date for the resumption of international travel just yet, we at INTRO are monitoring the situation closely. So, can we travel to Cambodia now?
Read on for the latest updates.
AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO CAMBODIA?
Currently, most governments are advising against all but essential international travel, including to Cambodia.
Travel is allowed, but with restrictions. You can only really get in if you desperately want to right now. Flights to Cambodia generally require a transfer through bigger international hubs in South East Asia, so flights are limited.
Cambodia's usual visa exemption policy, tourist visa on arrival, and e-visa arrangements are suspended indefinitely. If you wish to enter Cambodia you need to get a visa before arrival. These can only be obtained from Cambodian diplomatic missions or embassies abroad. Visas currently accepted are E-class “ordinary” visas, and EB, EG, ER, or ES extensions of stay (EOS), A-class diplomatic visas, B-class, C-class visas and K-class visas.
NEGATIVE COVID RESULT
All travellers to Cambodia must get a medical certificate no longer than 72 hours before the date of travel from a health authority stating they do not have covid. This certificate should bear the stamp of the facility issuing it and be signed by a qualified medical practitioner to certify the result.
PROOF OF INSURANCE
All foreign passengers need to deposit USD$2000 as a medical service charge upon their arrival. This deposit will be deducted in the case of medical needs. Any unused funds will be returned.
Travellers must also have proof of insurance that includes a minimum of USD$50,000 for medical cover. Insurance covering 20 days can be purchased on-arrival at Phnom Penh Airport for USD$90.
All travellers to Cambodia will be medically screened and tested on arrival, then required to quarantine for 14 days at a facility designated by the Cambodian government. All travellers are required to take a PCR test on the 13th day of quarantine at either the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh or the Chak Angre Clinic in Phnom Penh. Costs must be covered by the traveller.
No applications are compulsory for tracking virus spread in Cambodia.
OPEN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Since the start of the pandemic, many tourist attractions and restaurants have remained shut due to the lack of travellers, but other local businesses have resumed operations. Temples like Angkor Wat are open, but the reduced number of tourists means many sites have been undergoing reconstruction. All people in Cambodia are encouraged to wear masks outside and avoid gatherings of more than 20 people.
Each country has different restrictions for travellers arriving from abroad.
Anyone arriving in the UK must quarantine for 10 days and take 2 COVID tests while in quarantine. Residents arriving in the UK from the red list of countries must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Australia has banned entry to everyone but residents, who must undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility. They may be required to pay for the costs of quarantine.
For information relevant to your situation, keep up to date with local government announcements.
Like many countries, Cambodia is eager to reopen fully when safe to do so. Tourism has flourished in Cambodia over the past two decades due to its natural beauty, friendly people, and ancient wonders, but without international travellers small businesses have struggled.
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?
Cambodia's 'opening up' is underway and the country seems ready to make entry more accessible soon. Due to the groundbreaking work of scientists around the globe, the distribution of covid vaccines has ramped up at incredible speed. Vaccines will hopefully see a return to 'regular' life sooner rather than later, and it's speculated that Cambodia will ease restrictions so travellers may enter without quarantining sometime in 2021. Like many countries, Cambodia is hoping for a global 'vaccine passport' system that will allow travel to resume safely. You can find out more about vaccine passports from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) here.
We will update this article and our COVID page as official news breaks.
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 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.
Although we can’t easily travel to Cambodia just yet, it is looking quite likely in the not-too-distant future. Travel restrictions are beginning to ease and tourism will return with a surge in demand, so now is the time to get planning.
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