Cambodia shortens quarantine time for fully vaccinated inbound travellers

Foreign travellers arriving at the Phnom Penh International Airport. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 17 (Xinhua): The Cambodian government has decided to reduce the quarantine period for fully vaccinated inbound travellers after the majority of its population were vaccinated against the Covid-19, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement released to the media.

Foreign investors, technical experts, diplomats, and cooperation project managers and coordinators, as well as Cambodian officials returning from overseas missions will be required to undergo a three-day quarantine only, while general inbound passengers, both Cambodians and foreigners, will be quarantined for seven days, the statement said.

However, the travelers who have not received the Covid-19 vaccine or not been fully vaccinated, will be required to go into a full 14-day quarantine, it said.

The statement added that foreign travelers still need to present a medical certificate for a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Cambodia, and they must carry a vaccination card or certificate indicating their full vaccination status and vaccination date.

Also, they must have proof of accommodation during the quarantine period and need to hold a Covid-19 insurance policy issued by Forte Insurance (Cambodia) Plc, which is the insurance consortium, it said, adding that all inbound passengers' samples will be taken for PCR tests upon their arrival in the Southeast Asian country.

According to the statement, all visas must be requested at Cambodian embassies abroad, as visas on arrival will not be offered.

"The new quarantine rules will take effect from Monday (Oct 18, 2021) onwards," Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in the statement.

Chhay Sivlin, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, on Sunday welcomed the new quarantine policy, saying that it was a good sign for tourism industry, which had been hit hard by the pandemic.

"It's good news for our tourism because a shorter quarantine period will encourage investors, business people and tourists to come to Cambodia," she told Xinhua. "With this new quarantine policy, we hope our tourism will start to recover gradually."

The latest move came after the kingdom has administered at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 13.58 million people, or 84.9 percent of its 16-million population, according to the MoH.

Of them, 12.54 million, or 78.3 percent, have been fully inoculated with two required shots, and 1.36 million, or 8.5 percent, have received a third dose or booster dose, the MoH said.

Cambodia reported 258 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, bringing the total tally to 116,665 with 2,658 deaths, including 24 new fatalities from the pandemic.

An additional 405 patients have recovered, taking the total number of recoveries from the coronavirus epidemic in the country to 110,870, said the MoH. - Xinhua

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