Last updated: 09/21/21
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 September 20, 2021, Cambodia has had a total of 104,716 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,123 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 2: Moderate as described in the Travel Health Notice. This includes a recommendation that unvaccinated travelers who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid all nonessential travel to Cambodia.
In response to COVID-19, 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 10 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 food service stores, as well as all sales of alcohol have been suspended in locations under curfew and lockdown measures. 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.
Certain cities and provinces have implemented curfews. These curfew measures suspend in-person restaurant and food stall service and forbid 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.
Cambodian authorities have imposed lockdown measures for certain areas designated as “Red Zones,” “Dark Yellow Zones,” or “Yellow Zone
“Red Zones” are subject to the following restrictions:
- All individuals within the “Red Zones” must not leave their residence, except for medical emergencies, for COVID-19 testing as directed by the relevant authorities, or to receive a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as determined by the relevant authorities.
- All markets, food sales, work and business activities are suspended except for a limited number of emergency and other services as determined by the authorities.
- The Ministry of Commerce is responsible for transporting food and water to residents within the “Red Zones.”
- Travel through these “Red Zones” is not permitted.
“Dark Yellow 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, with some exceptions.
- Certain essential businesses may remain open despite the lockdown, but may be subject to stricter requirements, such as minimizing their staffing to no more than 2%.
- For those traveling to work in essential businesses allowed to remain open during the lockdown, a travel permit from the “Executive Committee to Manage and Lead the Implementation of the Lockdown” is required in addition to an ID and employment certificate.
- 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.
- Groups of up to four people may travel to seek medical care within or outside the lockdown area, but require permission from the local authorities.
- Travel for COVID-19 testing or vaccination as determined by the relevant authorities is permitted.
- 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.
- Officials of diplomatic, UN, and international finance organizations are permitted to travel, but must present their employment and identity documents. They may be accompanied by a Cambodian driver.
- In addition to an ID and employment certificate, journalists must present travel permits issued by the Ministry of Information.
- Travel from “Dark Yellow Zones” to “Yellow Zones” for the above purposes is permitted.
- Travel and business activities permitted under the lockdown measures are prohibited between 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. except in emergencies and other limited instances.
“Yellow Zones” are subject to the following restrictions:
- All businesses are permitted to operate, except for schools and entertainment businesses (such as karaoke, beer gardens, clubs, discos, resorts and parks, massage, liquor stores, cinemas, theaters, museums, gyms, and sport centers).
- Private meetings or gatherings must not exceed more than ten people, with limited exceptions. All gatherings must adhere to health and safety measures.
- All gatherings involving alcohol are prohibited.
- Travel from “Yellow Zones” to “Dark Yellow Zones” is limited in accordance with “Dark Yellow Zone” restrictions.
- Travel and business activities permitted under the lockdown measures are prohibited between 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. except in emergencies and other limited instances.
Travel to the airport is permitted with identification and travel documents (such as flight tickets).
Certain areas in Phnom Penh have been designated as “Yellow Zones” (effective through July 7). While there are no areas designated as “Red Zones” in Phnom Penh, individual buildings may be designated as subject to stricter lockdown measures. Non-designated areas permit in-person dining and are not subject to curfew measures, but prohibit gatherings of more than 15 people and prohibit certain “high-risk” businesses (such as schools, bars and other entertainment businesses, museums, resorts, massage parlors, cinemas, theaters, gyms, and sports centers), effective until July 3.
Cambodian authorities have also announced lockdown measures and zone designations for Stung Treng (effective through July 8), Kep (effective through July 5), Ratanakiri (effective through July 4), Preah Sihanouk (effective through July 4), Banteay Meanchey (effective through July 10), and Siem Reap (effective until July 10) subject to the aforementioned restrictions. Stung Treng, Kep, Ratanakiri, Preah Sihanouk and Banteay Meanchey have further extended their curfew restrictions to apply between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m, whereas Siem Reap has extended their curfew restrictions to apply between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. (not 3:00 a.m.). Please refer to announcements by the relevant local authorities for the latest updates on specific zone designations.
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 this page regularly for updates. 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.
- 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 designated areas of Phnom Penh, Stung Treng, Kep, Ratanakiri, Preah Sihanouk, Banteay Meanchey, and Siem Reap. Please see the “Country-Specific Information” section above for details.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No. However, travelers may encounter checkpoints and screening procedures. Furthermore, travel through specific areas designated as “Red Zones” is prohibited. 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 four flights every week, although flights may be canceled/unavailable on specific dates.)
- Asiana Airlines (Note: Currently seven flights every week, although flights may be canceled/unavailable on specific dates.)
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: U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh has resumed most regular services for U.S. citizens. In addition to emergency consular services, a limited number of routine American Citizen Services (ACS) appointments are available. 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.
- Immigrant Visas: Routine immigrant visa appointments have resumed for most immigrant visa categories. Emergency and mission-critical visa services are available. For IV inquiries and emergency requests please email IVPhnomPenh@state.gov.
- Non-immigrant Visas: U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh has resumed scheduling appointments for nonimmigrant visas, limited to applicants residing in Cambodia. MRV application fees paid may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased through September 30, 2022. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please email NIVPhnomPenh@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.
- 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