Minister Thong Khon: vaccinated tourists who visit Cambodia need to be quarantined for 5 days in targeted areas

(Phnom Penh): The royal government plans to reopen first Preah Sihanouk city to receive tourists who come from abroad (vaccinated tourists). The next step is Siem Reap province and other tourist destinations. This was addressed by H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of tourism by expressing that tourists who visit in safe tourist destinations will be directly quarantined in those sites for 5 days. For foreign tourists who come to Cambodia for visiting these safe tourist destinations are required to be quarantined for 5 days. The citing was done by H.E. Thong Khon, when he attended in the Launching Ceremony for Siem Reap Tourism Development Master Plan 2021 – 2035 on the last October 20, 2021.  

According to the minister of tourism, the royal government plans to open first Preah Sihanouk province to receive foreign tourists (vaccinated tourists) after will open Siem Reap province and other tourist destinations. Minister Thong Khon said “tourist who come to destinations will be quarantined only in those sits. It means that the government allows to do 5 days quarantine”.

He explained that “for example, we drive to Kampong som [Preah Sihanouk province], and a tourist comes to Kampong Som – the one (tourist) needs to stay in Kampong Som, to go to islands, [or go to entertaining places in Kampong Som for 5 days]. After 5 days, if the tourist has no problems (COVID-19), targeted tourist is able to visit nationwide”.

Thong Khon stressed that passengers who come to Cambodia for entertainment in the safe tourist destinations, when they arrive the international airports are needed to be rapid tested. Until the tourists have reached the tourist destinations, they are to be again tested by PCR machine.

On last October 16, 2021, H.E. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, decided to revise the quarantine for passengers who come to Cambodia, in which there were the quarantines of 3 days, 7 days, and 14 days. Mam Bunheng expressed that the quarantine revision was done in consistent with a new normal, as Cambodia is ready to reopen economy at the end of 2021.

The health minister stressed that, for investors, technical staffs both Khmer and foreign nationals, diplomats, official cooperative project implementing officers, and the civil servants of the royal government who return from doing mission in abroad (included with families of the prioritized groups) need to be quarantined for 3 days. For general passengers who are Khmer nationals or foreign nationals need to be quarantined for 7 days and for all kinds of passengers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, or have not been fully dose vaccinated are to be full quarantined for 14 days.

Separately, for the royal government’s official guests and senior officials of the royal government who return from mission, the special procedure must be implemented according to the decision of the Royal Government.