COVID-19: Cambodia Travel Updates

The magnificent temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is Banteay Srei temple

Updated 17th September 2021.


LATEST CAMBODIA COVID-19 NEWS:

  • 17th September 2021 – Hun Sen, Cambodian Prime Minister urges the Ministry of Tourism to reopen the country with a 7-day quarantine for vaccinated international tourists. Source.
  • 2nd August 2021 – Cambodia vaccine rollout is going remarkably well as PM announces vaccination of children 12-17 will be next. He said that they need to vaccinate 2 million more people before Cambodia can consider reopening tourism. Source.
  • See below for map of current COVID-19 restrictions across Cambodia.

See here for Southeast Asia Travel COVID-19 overview.


Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing daily. The following information reflects South East Asia Backpacker’s current understanding of the rules. We work hard to update this information as often and accurately as possible. However, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. We strongly advise you to contact the embassy of the country you are visiting for the latest information.

Cambodia Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Cambodia right now? SUMMARY:

Yes. Cambodia is open for all international travellers, however, it’s expensive and complicated to travel there. Since 30th March 2020, all eVisas and visas on arrival were suspended. Visitors must arrange a visa in advance, have a negative COVID test within 72 hours of departure and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. You must also pay a $2000 deposit* (see costs of travel below) in service charges to the Cambodian government to pay for potential COVID-19 medical facilities.

Entry Requirements

Before you enter Cambodia, you will need to:

  1. Arrange a visa in advance. (Since 30th March 2020, eVisas and visas on arrival into Cambodia have been suspended indefinitely.)
  2. Have a medical certificate within 72 hours of the date of travel stating that you do not have COVID-19. The certificate must be from a respected health centre or hospital and should be officially stamped and signed by a qualified medical professional to certify the result.
  3. Purchase travel insurance that has a minimum of $50,000 USD for medical cover (must include COVID-19).

Quarantine Period: 

14 days at a government quarantine facility.

Face Masks: 

It is a legal requirement to wear a face-covering inside the airport, on public transport, inside a building such as a café, restaurant, post office or when at the market. It is currently not illegal to not wear a face-covering when outside in Cambodia, but our advice is to wear one if you are in a public place and there are other people around. There are heavy fines for anyone flouting the rules.

See here for recommendations on the best face masks for travel.

COVID-19 Tests Required: 

1) Negative test result needed within 72 hours of flying. 

2) All visitors arriving in Cambodia must undertake a COVID-19 test. If the result is negative you will still be required to stay in quarantine for 14 days.

3) Negative test result required on the penultimate day of quarantine in Cambodia, to be carried out by the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital or the Chak Angre Clinic in Phnom Penh.

*Costs of Travel: 

As well as flights, travel insurance, COVID-19 tests, the Cambodian government requires that all foreigners pay in advance for COVID testing and quarantine facilities. Passengers must pay a $2000 US deposit for service charges upon arrival at the airport. Once deductions are made (depending on circumstances) the remainder of the deposit will be returned. The fees cover:

  1. $5 US – Transport from airport to waiting centre.
  2. $100 US – COVID-19 arrival test.
  3. $30 US – Overnight stay at hotel or waiting centre.
  4. $30 US – Three meals per day while waiting for COVID-19 test results.*
  5. Government quarantine facilities cost $84 US per day (including meals) or you may choose to quarantine in a government approved hotel. (Government quarantine facilities are very basic and it is not guaranteed that families will be able to stay together.)

*If you test positive for COVID-19 you will be charged $225 US per day for a hospital room, medical treatment, meals and laundry in the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital. You will also be charged $100 US per subsequent COVID-test.

Alternative Quarantine Options – Luxury Hotels

For those who would like to cover their own costs, the following luxury options exist, all in Phnom Penh (all affiliate links):

Internal Travel Restrictions in Cambodia: 

Citizens of Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Poipet had suffered a severe lockdown in April 2021 as they found themselves stuck in ‘red zones’ at very short notice. Many people could not even leave their homes to get food or medical supplies or to work to earn money to survive. Source.

Since 22nd May 2021, most ‘red zones’ have become ‘yellow zones’ following a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country.

Map of Travel Restrictions in Cambodia:

There are still three colour codes for different types of COVID-19 restrictions across the country, (red, yellow and green). See this handy map for current updates on colour codes, lockdowns, curfews local restrictions. Source.

This map was made by the non-profit organisation, MapIt.KH, which is run by both local and foreign Cambodian residents. Here is an explainer video on how to use the map to stay informed about the latest COVID-19 restrictions across Cambodia…

You can read more about the map on their website here. (Please note we cannot verify the accuracy of the map nor be responsible for any errors.)

Curfews in Cambodia: 

Curfews are still in place in the remaining ‘red zones’ across the country.

Cambodian Land Borders: 

All land borders with the neighbouring countries of Laos, Thailand or Vietnam are closed for tourists.

Hotels and guesthouses: 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis in Cambodia, many hotels and hostels have unfortunately closed down. However, some remain open and we recommend booking directly and checking any local restrictions or requirements with the hotel. Many hotels will check your temperature on arrival and ask you to fill out a health declaration form. 

Tourist sights and public places: 

Since the restrictions were lifted on 22nd May, restaurants, cafés and markets have been allowed to open as long as they follow the following health measures:

Large fines and possible prison sentences remain in place for anyone breaking the rules. (On 11 March, the Cambodian government brought in a particularly strict law known as the Law on Preventive Measures Against the Spread of COVID-19 and Other Severe and Dangerous Contagious Diseases. The UN has criticised this law which gives out 20-year prison sentences and $5,000 US fines for those in violation of the law.)

Sadly, many public businesses have been forced to close down due to the lack of business. The Asia Foundation recently released this report which suggests that almost half of tourism-related businesses in the country have had to close.

On the ground: Traveller Reports:

These reports are taken from our South East Asia Backpacker Facebook Community.

Traveller report 14th May 2021 – I’m currently in Kampot, Cambodia. It’s hot as hell and mango season is still on! After the February 20th outbreak, there were more restrictive measures in Cambodia than ever before during the pandemic, but just recently the travel ban between provinces has been lifted (we’ll see how that goes!) though Phnom Penh still has some areas in lockdown or semi-lockdown (see colour codes). Here in Kampot, there is no more curfew (which was in place for 2 weeks) and it’s back to normal again, for now. – Lucia

Traveller report 15th May 2021 – I’ve lived here in Cambodia for 2.5 years. Currently, there are noooo tourists, prices haven’t dropped much (some areas actually increased). We are just on the tail end of a severe military police lockdown and things are very up and down. I would not recommend travel here for a month or so. At least stay very tuned in to media as last time they locked Phnom Penh totally down with just two hours notice. Things can change very quickly here. Zak

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