Updated on 15-Jan-2021
RESTRICTIONS ON VISAS AND TRAVELING TO CAMBODIA
Entry to Cambodia
If you wish to enter Cambodia you will need to:
- get a visa before arrival — the visa exemption policy, visa on arrival and e-visa arrangements are suspended indefinitely
- get a medical certificate, no longer than 72 hours prior to the date of travel, from a competent health authority stating you do not have COVID-19. This certificate should bear the stamp of the facility issuing it and be signed by a qualified medical practitioner to certify the test result. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test
- have proof of insurance that includes a minimum of US$50,000 for medical cover
From 12 December 2020, the implementation of the sponsorship scheme for foreign travellers will be temporarily suspended. All travellers to Cambodia will be tested on arrival and then required to quarantine for 14 days at a facility designated by the Cambodian government. This may be at a hotel (at your own expense) or at a government facility. The conditions at government facilities are very basic and it is not guaranteed that families will be kept together.
You will be expected to comply with these requirements regardless of any existing medical needs you may have. If you’re not able to submit to these requirements, you should think carefully about whether to travel to Cambodia at this time.
All travellers are required to take a COVID-19 test on the 13th day of quarantine at either the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh or the Chak Angre Clinic in Phnom Penh.
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will be admitted to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital for monitoring and treatment. Their identity will also be publicly disclosed to facilitate track and trace mechanisms.
Suspension of Visa Processing
The Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration has recently announced that it will deny visa extensions for foreigners who are not registered on the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS) by 1 July 2020.
The latest information on visa extension arrangements from the relevant authorities is:
Tourist visa: For all short term visitors who arrived on or after 1 January 2020, tourist visas will be automatically extended and any overstay fines will be waived. You do not need to go to the immigration department office for any kind of exit visa/stamp before departing. You can proceed directly to the airport to depart through the normal immigration channels.
Other visas: For non-tourist visas such as EG visas, there is no automatic extension in place and these can be renewed at any time in the usual way.
Health Certificate and Insurance for Foreigners
On top of the usual visa requirements for the country, foreigners must also provide a medical certificate no older than 72 hours issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin. This must certify that the traveler has not tested positive for COVID-19. Moreover, visitors must have purchased medical insurance coverage for the entirety of their trip for a minimum of USD $50,000.
The medical insurance and certificate requirements do not apply to holders of diplomatic and official visas (visas A and B) for Cambodia or to Cambodian nationals.
Upon arrival, all international travelers will go through mandatory health screening processes. All foreigners arriving in Cambodia will now be subject to a COVID-19 test on arrival (as well as requiring a Covid negative test before flying). You will be required to remain at a government facility until the results are known, which may include an overnight stay.
If you test positive, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days at a facility designated by the Cambodia government. This may be at a hotel (at your own expense) or at a Government facility. The conditions at government facilities are very basic and we cannot guarantee that families will be kept together. If you test negative, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days at your own accommodation.
Officers carrying out the health checks will make a decision on allowing the traveler to enter Cambodia. Passengers arriving from abroad may be subject to mandatory quarantine or other measures for the prevention of contagion as prescribed by the Cambodian Health Minister.
Cambodian Mandatory Deposit for International Travelers
In order to cover the expenses of mandatory testing, quarantine, and medical attention in case of positive results, international passengers must deposit $2,000 at a designated bank upon arrival.
The mandatory deposit does not apply to:
· Cambodian nationals
· Foreign passport holders of Cambodian descent with a type-K entry permit
The remainder of the deposit will be refunded as long as the traveler and all other passengers on the flight they arrived on test negative for COVID-19 on the 13th day of quarantine.
An agreement has been reached with Japan to permit travel between the 2 countries for expatriates, business travelers, and exchange students. Travelers will still have to follow some of the mandatory precautions against coronavirus, including a 14-day quarantine.