Cambodia lifts ban on travellers from US, Iran, European nations


PHNOM PENH: Cambodia has lifted a travel ban on people arriving from six countries, while announcing new entry requirements, a day after declaring that only one active Covid-19 case in the country was found in seven days, local media reported.

People travelling from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the United States were banned from entering Cambodia since mid-March, as the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world.

But the South-East Asian nation, whose tourism-reliant economy has taken a hit in recent months, is again allowing visitors from these nations, with a few requirements, local news outlet VOD reported.

Everyone arriving in the country must provide a health certificate showing they tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of their departure, and must submit to a Covid-19 test upon arrival, VOD reported, citing a Health Ministry statement.

Foreign visitors must also provide proof of medical insurance worth at least US$50,000 dollars.

If just one passenger on an arriving flight tests positive, all passengers on the flight will be quarantined in a government-designated facility for 14 days. Other arrivals will be required to self-isolate at their home or hotel for two weeks and re-tested at the end of the isolation period.

Cambodia has confirmed 123 Covid-19 cases since January and reported no new cases since April 12 until Friday (May 22).

No deaths have been reported. Cambodia's land borders with neighbours Thailand, Vietnam and Laos remain shut to people, and air travel hubs in the region have limited flights.

While schools remain shut, the government also announced museums could reopen in June. - dpa
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