Last updated: 04/16/21
Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Please read the Health Alert and check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- According to Ministry of Health authorities, as of April 13, Cambodia has had a total of 5,480 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 38 COVID-19 related deaths since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Risk Assessment Level for COVID-19 in Cambodia is Level 1: Practice Usual Precautions as described in the Travel Health Notice. This includes being up to date on all recommended vaccinations and practicing appropriate mosquito avoidance. The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory for Cambodia: Exercise Increased Caution.
On December 21, 2020, the Cambodian Ministry of Health announced the following guidelines:
- The public is directed to wear masks, use hand sanitizers and practice social distancing.
- Shops, restaurants, cafeterias, supermarkets, banks and other commercial areas must require customers to wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and engage in social distancing.
- The public is directed to avoid close contact with others, remaining in closed air-conditioned rooms, and gatherings of more than 20 people to minimize community transmission.
- Individuals who are unwell and suspect they are may have COVID-19 must seek consultation by calling 115 or visiting a designated government hospital.
On March 20, the Cambodian government announced comprehensive closures to include all public and private educational institutions at all levels throughout the country. Additionally, there is a nation-wide temporary suspension of cinemas, art theaters and museums. Authorities have also closed certain businesses and buildings in response to the current outbreak (known as the “February 20 incident”). In-person dining at restaurants, coffee shops, and all food service stores, as well as all sales of alcohol have been suspended until April 18 in Kandal province, until April 24 in Phnom Penh, and until April 28 in Siem Reap province. On March 23, the Cambodian government mandated the wearing of masks in geographic areas where there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community as determined by the Ministry of Health.As of April 14, these geographic locations include Phnom Penh and the provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Kandal, Prey Veng, Siem Reap, and Svay Rieng. Please refer to announcements by the relevant Cambodian government officials for specific details.
Phnom Penh has implemented a daily curfew from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am effective from April 1 through April 28, 2021. The curfew suspends in-person restaurant and food stall service and forbids most types of gatherings and travel within the city during curfew hours. Exceptions to restrictions during curfew hours include travel for emergency medical need, gatherings with family members, and travel for work for those businesses permitted to remain open.
The Cambodian government announced a 14-day prohibition on all travel between provinces, effective 12:00 a.m. April 7 until April 20, 2021. This prohibition is applicable to travel between all provinces, except for travel between Phnom Penh and Kandal province. Travel to seek medical attention in personal vehicles (up to four people) and ambulances are exempt from this travel prohibition. All tourism sites will also be closed during this period.
Banteay Meanchey province has imposed a daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. effective as of April 7 for a two-week period through April 20, 2021.
Tboung Khmum province has imposed a daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. effective as of April 7 for a two-week period through April 20, 2021.
Siem Reap province has imposed a daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. effective as of April 10 for a two-week period through April 23, 2021.
Kampot province has imposed a daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. effective as of April 15 for a one-week period through April 21, 2021.
Cambodian authorities have imposed lockdown measures in Phnom Penh and Ta Khmau municipalities, effective through April 28, 2021. These designated areas are subject to the following:
- All individuals within the lockdown areas must not leave their residence for the duration of the lockdown period, with some exceptions.
- Up to two individuals per household are permitted to leave their residence to purchase food from the nearest shop in their neighborhood, but may do so no more than three times a week and must have a valid form of identification with them.
- Individuals are permitted to leave their residence to purchase medicine as necessary.
- Groups of up to four people may travel to seek medical care within or outside the lockdown area, but require a letter of permission from the local authorities.
- Individuals are permitted to leave their residence to exercise outdoors in the nearby vicinity of their home, but are limited to groups of no more than two persons.
- All gatherings are prohibited with limited exceptions.
- Certain essential businesses may remain open despite the lockdown. Travel to work in these businesses is allowed with ID and an employment certificate.
- NGO workers, diplomats, staff of international organizations, and journalists may leave their residences freely but must carry their IDs and employment certificates.
- Travel and business activities permitted under the lockdown measures are prohibited between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. except in emergencies and other limited instances.
For further details, please see here for a full English translation of the government directive.
Cambodian authorities have imposed lockdown measures in three districts in Siem Reap, effective form April 16 through April 29, 2021: Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Sangkat Siem Reap, Sala Kamreuk.
These designated lockdown areas are subject to the following:
- Movement in and out of these areas is prohibited.
- All gatherings are prohibited with limited exceptions.
- Households are permitted to buy essential items such as food and medicine.
- Certain business activities are permitted but only within the lockdown area and must be closed between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
Additional announcements may be forthcoming from the relevant Cambodian government officials. The U.S. Embassy encourages Americans to adhere to all requirements and to check regularly our COVID-19 website which is frequently updated. U.S. citizens are subject to Cambodian law and there may be fines or other penalties associated with non-compliance. American citizens are advised to carry identification at all times when outside of their residence.
Questions related to these requirements should be directed to the Cambodian Ministry of Health at the COVID-19 115 hotline or any of the following office numbers: 012 825 424, 012 488 981, or 012 836 868.
U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh’s American Citizen Services (ACS) section can be reached at ACSPhnomPenh@state.gov or by phone at 023 728 402, 023 728 051, or 023 728 234. Many questions are answered on our COVID-19 and ACS websites.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Cambodia? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- U.S. citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in Cambodia at the National Institute for Public Health (NIPH). Testing will be at the U.S. citizen’s cost. The cost of testing is $130 and includes a certificate of results for travel purposes. A physical copy of the test results is usually provided on the afternoon of the day following testing. The certificate of travel will be valid for 72 hours after issuance. NIPH hours are Monday to Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for walk-ins only. Individuals seeking testing can pre-register their details at this link.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email ACSPhnomPenh@state.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Cambodia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
- Are vaccines available in Cambodia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
- Which vaccines are available in Cambodia? Sinopharm, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca.
- The Cambodian government has to date approved the Sinopharm, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca vaccines for emergency use. According to the government, vaccination for “all foreign nationals who are currently residing and working in Cambodia” will be made available under the Cambodian COVID-19 Vaccination Plans.
- The Cambodian government has designated the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (for those holding E-class Ordinary Visa and work permits issued by the ministry), and local authorities (for all other foreign residents) as the responsible authority for registering foreign residents seeking a COVID-19 vaccination. Please refer to this announcement (3 pages) for further details. American citizens seeking vaccination are encouraged to contact their employer (for E-class Ordinary Visa holders) or their local sangkat/commune authorities in accordance with this announcement. American citizens are not required to register with the Embassy and do not require a letter from the Embassy to be eligible for vaccination. American citizens may want to consider having a printed copy of this announcement in their possession when registering with Cambodian authorities and/or seeking vaccination. Foreign nationals who are not residents or do not have valid visas are ineligible to receive vaccinations under this guidance.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- All travelers must present a valid visa issued by a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate. The Government of Cambodia has suspended the e-visa and visa-on-arrival programs until further notice. In addition, we understand Cambodian Embassies will only accept applications for diplomatic, official, and “sponsored” business-linked visas, and will not issue tourist or other visas to enter Cambodia at this time.
- Cambodian authorities have also introduced the following requirements for prevention, containment, and response to the spread of COVID-19 for all travelers entering Cambodia by air, land, and water. All arriving foreigners must:
- Fully abide by locally enforced quarantine measures for 14 days at a hotel designated by the Government of Cambodia.
- Pay a deposit of $2,000 upon arrival at airports for mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment services. The money will be used to pay for an accommodation during the quarantine, testing and transportation from an airport to a hotel.
- Possess a COVID-19 negative medical certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of arrival (see below).
- Purchase a local health insurance package for COVID-19 treatment from Forte Insurance Company. The cost is $90 for a $50,000 policy valid for 20 days.
- Undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and wait in official facilities/designated hotels to receive laboratory results. Health authorities will then oversee another COVID-19 test on the 13th day of quarantine.
- Please monitor official Cambodian government sources for the latest fee schedule for these testing and treatment services.
- Please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s guidance on travel restrictions here.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
A COVID-19 negative medical certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of arrival is required for entry.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
The U.S. government has supported points-of-entry public health screening to help Cambodia implement emergency plans to screen people arriving at various points of entry, such as airports and land-border crossings.
- The Embassy has requested the Cambodian government to assist U.S. citizens in extending their visas amidst difficulty traveling due to COVID-19 concerns. Effective April 3, 2020, the Cambodian government will grant an automatic extension of tourist visas until they are able to depart for those foreign citizens who arrived in Cambodia after January 1, 2020. These foreign citizens are also exempt from visa overstay fines until they are able to depart Cambodia. We recommend Americans contact the General Department of Immigration at +855 97 314 0999 to resolve additional visa issues or overstay fees.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes, in Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey, Tboung Khmum, Siem Reap, and Kampot. Please see the “Country-Specific Information” section above for details.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. The Cambodian government has implemented a 14-day prohibition on all travel between provinces (except between Phnom Penh and Kandal province) effective midnight April 7 until April 20. Please see the “Country-Specific Information” section above.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- As noted above, travelers must undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and wait in official facilities/designated hotels to receive laboratory results. Health authorities will then oversee another COVID-19 test on the 13th day of quarantine.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- The following airlines currently maintain reduced flights that depart Cambodia for onward connecting flights to the United States.
- Korean Airlines Note: Currently three flights every week.
- Asiana Airlines Note: Currently three flights every week.
- EVA Air Note: Transit through Taiwan suspended effective January 1, 2021.
Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. Please check airline websites for times and availability and do not book flights through an online search service. We recommend booking flights through a travel agency or directly with the abovementioned airlines.
- Travel agencies in Phnom Penh where English is spoken (U.S. Embassy does not endorse these agencies or take responsibility for services provided by them):
- EXO Travel – office 023 218 948. mobile: 017 600 085 and 017 910 007
- Palm Travel and Tours – office 016 821 168. Mobile 077 800 021
- Khmer Views Travel Agent – office 081 983 567
- World Pop Travel – office 012-913 789
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Travelers found not in compliance with government requirements may be denied entry and subject to discretionary fines for failing to adhere to quarantine and testing guidelines.
- As of February 18, 2021, travelers or operators of transport vehicles who evade authorized border checkpoints, fail to cooperate with health officials in implementing health measures, or do not comply with health procedures are subject to a fine of $1,250. Anyone who initiates, incites, instructs, persuades, or deliberately facilitates passengers or operators of a transport vehicle to evade inspection or evade implementation of quarantine measures will be subject to a fine of $2,500 to $12,500.
- As of February 25, 2021, foreign nationals who do not comply with COVID-19 rules or refuse to cooperate with authorities may be subject to deportation and prohibition from re-entry.
- As of March 11, 2021, individuals may incur additional penalties, including up to $5,000 in fines and 5 years imprisonment, for failure to comply with COVID-19 rules or cooperate with authorities. Intentionally spreading COVID-19 may result in up to 20 years of imprisonment.
- As of March 12, 2021, under new Cambodian legal provisions, individuals who do not adhere to mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing may be subject to fines of $50 to $250. Repeat offenders may be subject to a fine of up to $1,250
- American Citizen Services: Emergency and routine consular services for U.S. citizens remain available regardless of the lockdown implemented in Phnom Penh and Ta Khmau. Interested U.S. citizens may use our online system to request passport appointments here, although wait times may be longer than usual due to limited capacity. Persons seeking CRBA appointments should follow the instructions on our website and send documents in advance to ACSPhnomPenh@state.gov. Please remember to print out a confirmation of your appointment to facilitate travel to the embassy.
- Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas: Due to the lockdown implemented in Phnom Penh and Ta Khmau, the U.S. Embassy will be suspending all non-immigrant and immigrant visa services until April 28. Applicants with appointments during the lockdown period will be contacted to reschedule their appointments.
- For additional information in Cambodia, travelers can call the 115 hotline or MOH officials at: 012 825 424, 012 488 981 or 012 836 868. Information is available in English and Khmer.
- Other links:
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page