Alert: Curfew in Siem Reap Province and Extension of Restrictions in Phnom Penh

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the Delta variant, the Provincial Government of Siem Reap has announced a curfew for the entire Siem Reap Province.  The curfew will be in effect from 09:00 PM through 03:00 AM from September 22, 2021 through October 5, 2021.  Exceptions are made for travel related to medical emergencies, and for essential business with approval from relevant authorities.  

In addition, the Provincial Government of Siem Reap has announced the following extensions to “Red Zone” and “Dark Yellow Zone” designations:

Slokram Commune, Svay Dongkom Commune, Kok Chork Commune, Chreav Commune, Sala Kamrerk Commune (Ta Vean Village), Sronge Commune (Prey Thom Village and Sronge Village) in Siem Reap Town will be classified as “Red Zones” from September 23, 2021 through September 30, 2021.  The rest of Siem Reap Town will be classified as “Dark Yellow Zones” from September 23, 2021 through September 30, 2021.

“Red Zones” are subject to the following restrictions:

  • All individuals within the lockdown areas must not leave their residence for the duration of the lockdown period.
    • Travel due to emergency health issues, including COVID-19 testing and vaccination, is permitted.
    • Individuals who have completed quarantine and patients leaving hospitals and treatment centers may enter or exit a “Red Zone” for the purpose of returning to their home or residence, with approval from the relevant authorities.
  • Markets and stores selling food and groceries, including alcohol, are to be closed.
  • Gathering for the purpose of consuming alcohol is banned.
  • Traveling between villages and communes in Siem Reap Town is banned.

“Dark Yellow Zones” are subject to the same restrictions as defined in the U.S. Embassy Alert on September 13, 2021.

Finally, the Government of Cambodia has announced an extension of the following restrictions in Phnom Penh through October 7, 2021:

  • Prohibition on gatherings of more than 15 people unless otherwise permitted by the relevant authorities. Gatherings of family members resident in the same household are permitted.
  • Prohibition on the operation of certain businesses, including karaoke bars, nightclubs, beer gardens, resorts, parks, massage parlors, liquor shops, cinemas, theaters, museums, and gyms.
  • Prohibition on the gathering of people for the purpose of consuming alcohol.
  • Allowing restaurants to operate only for takeaway services, with no dine-in services unless the restaurant implements health and social distancing measures approved by the government.
  • Requiring mask-wearing and social distancing in all permitted gatherings and business activities.

American citizens are advised to pay attention to local government announcements and local media for updates as more restrictions may be announced with little to no notice.  American citizens are also advised to comply with local authorities, as disregarding the restrictions may incur fines or criminal penalties.  Should you require assistance from the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit, please contact +855 23 729 000 or

The U.S. Embassy will remain open during this period for routine and emergency consular services.