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PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia has lifted a ban on entry of visitors from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the United States that had been put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

 

Despite the easing, foreign visitors would still need to have a certificate no more than 72 hours old confirming that they are not infected with the novel coronavirus and proof of $50,000 worth of health insurance while in Cambodia, the ministry said.

 

They also would be quarantined for 14 days after arrival at government designate place and tested for the coronavirus, a ministry statement said, but did not specify where.

 

“All passengers, both Cambodian and foreign, who are travelling to Cambodia, are admitted to waiting centres for the COVID-19 tests and that they are waiting for results from the Pasteur laboratory,” Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in a statement, referring to respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

 

The Health Ministry said on Saturday that the last patient with the coronavirus has recovered and left hospital, leaving the Southeast Asian country with zero cases.

 

Cambodia has reported 122 cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 and no deaths from the disease since it emerged in China and started spreading around the world, infecting more than 4.5 million and killing about 300,000 since January.

 

Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Editing by Kay Johnson and Christian Schmollinger

 

-- REUTERS

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13 minutes ago, blackcab said:

Strange. Why not Thailand?

I don't think there was one in the first place.

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Its not lifting as I would want to know it 🤔

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FYI:
yep lifted the restrictions but you still need a visa from an embassy and embassy's are NOT issuing them;

so its really only lifted for those that had 1 year extensions and were from those 6 countries, now they can go back

 

From the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok and same for the embassy in DC

 

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In order to reduce and contain the transmision of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in line with the measures taken by ASEAN countries, the Royal Government of Cambodia has decided to impose the temporary entry restrictions into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Suspension to:
1- Visa exemption policy
2-Issuance of Tourist Visa
3-e-Visa (Online visa)
4-Visa upon arrival

 

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54 minutes ago, zzzzz said:

FYI:
yep lifted the restrictions but you still need a visa from an embassy and embassy's are NOT issuing them;

so its really only lifted for those that had 1 year extensions and were from those 6 countries, now they can go back

 

From the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok and same for the embassy in DC

 

 

Indeed, as far as I can tell no change to ban on visa issuance. And no apparent resumption of international flights. And land borders remain closed.

 

Possibly this is aimed at overseas Khmer/Cambodians returning from abroad?

 

In addition to the 14 day quarantine apparently there is viral testing on arrival at the airport during which time you are sequestered in the airport. No info on how long this may take or conditions where sequestered.

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22 hours ago, Stocky said:

Yeah, Thailand closed its borders to everyone, but did Cambodia?

Initially - YES!

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