Cambodia sets new quarantine rules


THE government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general.

According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng on Oct 16, quarantine length for Cambodian officials returning from overseas missions, foreign diplomats, technical experts, cooperation project managers and coordinators, as well as businesspeople and investors with a guarantor or invitation letter has been reduced from two weeks to just three days.

Their accompanying family members will also have to undergo a three-day quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated, or two weeks otherwise.

General inbound passengers, both Cambodians and foreign nationals, will now undergo quarantine for just seven days, while unvaccinated travellers or those who have not been fully vaccinated must go through a 14-day quarantine.

According to the nine-page notice, the new quarantine measures will take effect from today.

The decision is aimed at protecting public health and easing burdensome restrictions for fully vaccinated people.

For high-level Cambodian and foreign delegations, the Cambodian government will determine a suitable quarantine time as warranted by the individual circumstances.

“Inbound senior national and international delegations have to follow health measures and special quarantine requirements as determined by the government on a case-by-case basis,” said the notice.

Cambodian officials returning from overseas missions must undergo a three-day quarantine and have the mission letters issued by their respective institutions in hand as well as medical certificates determining that they are negative for the novel coronavirus 72 hours prior to their arrival in Cambodia.

They must also carry vaccination cards or certificates indicating the make of vaccine and date of vaccination. They must also have proof of accommodation during quarantine stay.

Upon arrival, officials must produce all the above-mentioned documents and provide samples for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

After the tests, they will be sent to the pre-determined quarantine site. But in case they cannot afford the accommodation, they will be sent to a designated quarantine facility with the costs covered by the state.

“In case the PCR tests show that they are Covid-19 positive, they will be sent to a treatment centre designated by the health ministry.

“But if the result is negative, they can end their quarantine on their third day,” it said. — Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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