Severity: Warning Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Cambodia quarantining all arrivals at government facilities, as of April 9, due to COVID-19. Other preventive measures apply.

This alert affects Cambodia

This alert began 09 Apr 2020 10:21 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Entry bans, quarantine measures, longer immigration wait times

Summary
As of April 9, authorities are quarantining all arrivals in the country at government facilities for 14 days to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The facilities are located at air, sea, and land points of entry.

Officials have banned large gatherings during Khmer New Year celebrations, scheduled April 13-16, and have ordered people to observe the occasion within their families. Authorities have also postponed the holiday for Khmer New Year. The government has suspended casinos and all public and private schools until further notice.

Travel Restrictions
Authorities have barred entry for foreign nationals coming from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the US through April 17 and foreign citizens arriving from Iran through April 18. Issuance of tourist visas and e-visas, as well as visa-on-arrival facilities and visa exemption policies, remain suspended through at least April 30. Foreign nationals intending to visit Cambodia will need to obtain a visa from their nearest Cambodian diplomatic mission. The foreign citizens are to provide documentation of medical insurance worth at least USD 50,000 along with a medical certificate from local health authorities stating they have not tested positive for COVID-19. The affected travelers are to obtain the health document within 72 hours before the date of the trip. The medical certificate and insurance requirements do not affect diplomatic and official visa holders, including employees of international non-government organizations. Cambodia has also closed all border checkpoints with Vietnam and banned cross-border travel for Cambodian and Vietnamese citizens.

The government could expand its response in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country. The measures will likely lead to immigration delays, especially for passengers from locations with significant COVID-19 activity.

Advice
Postpone travel if affected by travel restrictions. Confirm flight status before checking out of accommodation and departing for the airport. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions, particularly if traveling from affected locations. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings at all ports of entry. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int