The Royal Cambodian Government has lifted the ban on visitors from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the US which were implemented since March due to COVID-19. Now that all nationalities are allowed to enter we look at what is required as a foreign visitor coming to Cambodia whether on holiday or to conduct business.
Below are the current requirements to travel to and do business in Cambodia.
Can foreigners visit Cambodia during COVID-19?
Foreigners from all countries with the correct visa and documentation can enter Cambodia during COVID-19. However, Cambodia suspended tourist visas from 30 March 2020.
In addition, there were six countries who were banned from entering the Kingdom of Cambodia since mid-March due to lockdown restrictions but these restrictions have now been lifted: Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the United States.
All visitors are still required to carry out a 14-day quarantine on arrival.
What are the procedures to enter Cambodia as a foreigner?
The Cambodian Ministry of Health Minister, Mam Bun Heng, said in May 2020 that even though all travellers are allowed to enter Cambodia including Cambodians and foreigners, they had to hold certificates confirming that they had no COVID-19.
In addition, the following is required for foreign visitors:
- Health certificates (recognised by the governments of each country) which are issued 72 hours before arriving in Cambodia.
- Health insurance documentation to the value of at least $50,000 while staying in Cambodia (must adhere to the government’s measures) and ideally cover COVID-19 or pandemics.
- All travellers, including Cambodians and foreigners who arrive in Cambodia, are sent to be tested for Covid-19 (carried out by the Pasteur Institute.) In case one or many travellers are detected with Covid-19 from the same flight, other passengers on the same trip must be quarantined for 14 days.
- If results prove positive, Covid-19 passengers are to be quarantined for 14 days at their homes under the monitoring of local authorities and health officials, and they are required to be tested again on day 13 of the quarantine.
As of May 26th 2020, all visitors will also be subject to a COVID-19 test at a facility near the airport. All inbound passengers will remain at this government facility until the test results are known. The duration of the stay could be overnight and as long as 24-48 hours.
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will be admitted to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.
What Visa must you have to visit Cambodia during COVID-19?
It is advised you to check with your embassy and follow the official government guidelines before travelling.
- You must have a valid multi-entry/exit (MEEV) Visa EOS, A-type (Diplomatic) or B-type (Official) Visa.
- If you don’t have a MEEV EOS (Extension Of Stay), then you need to apply for Visa in advance from a Cambodian Embassy or consulate before travelling.
- No Visa exemption entry, no visas on arrival, no e-Visas (electronic Tourist Visa) are being issued.
You can read more about getting work permits and visas to Cambodia here.
There are some conflicting reports on the quarantine and whether it is self quarantined, at a pre-designated government facility or at a hotel (believed to be the New York Hotel on Monivong Blvd) that has been appointed by the Ministry.
Do I need to be registered on the FPCS System?
What is the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS)?
The app will record foreigner information when they arrive in Cambodia at any entry point. It will also record their data when they leave Cambodia. The main purpose of FPCS is to protect foreigner safety and security in case of an emergency when they are travelling throughout Cambodia.
Landlords, property owners or hotels/guesthouses are required to register foreigner on the system and it is enforced by the Cambodian Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration.
(If you have questions or issues with the FPCS app, we recommend you contact the Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration – we are not associated with the app.)
Currently, The borders are still closed to neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and Laos from Cambodia by air although Thailand has suggested this will change by July 2020.
More international flights are opening up again to and from Cambodia but its best to follow the official Embassy, airline and government announcements on these as well as the lifting of border restrictions.
Airlines which are reported to have restarted their flights to and from Cambodia include Cambodia Angkor Air, China Airlines and EVA Air. Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Thai Airways International and Qatar Airways reported they plan to resume flights to Cambodia in June and July 2020.