Last updated: 10/15/20
- Cambodia has had a total of 283 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reduced the Risk Assessment Level for COVID-19 in Cambodia to No Travel Health Notice: COVID-19 Risk is Very Low and the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory for Cambodia: Exercise Increased Caution.
- The Cambodian Ministry of Education has agreed to a three-phase plan for reopening educational institutions in the 2020-2021 academic year to include 20 schools approved to reopen in August 2020.
- Grocery stores, restaurants, and other services remain generally available. The Cambodian government has restricted the operation of certain businesses, such as cinemas, karaoke, and entertainment clubs (bars, discos, beer gardens).
- Large meetings or gatherings, such as parties or religious gatherings, are banned until September 2020.
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:
- Pay a deposit of $2,000 upon arrival at airports for mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment services.
- 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 for $90, valid for 20 days from Forte Insurance Company.
- Undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and wait in official facilities/designated hotels to receive laboratory results. In the event one or more travelers on an arriving vessel/flight test positive, all passengers must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a location designated by Cambodian authorities. Health authorities will then oversee another COVID-19 test on the 13th day of quarantine. If all travelers test negative, health authorities will require travelers to self-isolate for 14-days at their home or lodging.
- Cambodian authorities have released a fee schedule for these testing and treatment services. Travelers should be prepared to see the aforementioned deposit applied to a minimum of $165 for mandatory COVID-19 testing, approximately $1,281 more to support quarantine in the event one or more passengers on their flight test positive, and a minimum of approximately $3,255 more for treatment and quarantine if the traveler tests positive.
- 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
As noted above, 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 from April 3, 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 through immigration. 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? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- 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. In the event one or more travelers on an arriving vessel/flight test positive, all passengers must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a location designated by Cambodian authorities. Health authorities will then oversee another COVID-19 test on the 13th day of quarantine. If all travelers test negative, health authorities will require travelers to self-isolate for 14-days at their home or lodging.
- U.S. citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in Cambodia at the National Institute for Public Health (NIPH), the Khmer-Soviet Hospital, and the Chak Angre Krom Referral Hospital. Testing will be at the U.S. citizen’s cost. For more information on testing, please call the 115 hotline or MOH officials at: 012 825 424, 012 488 981 or 012 836 868.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- The following airlines currently maintain reduced flights that depart Cambodia for onward connecting flights to the United States. 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 below airlines.
- Korean Airlines Note: Currently three flights every week.
- Asiana Airlines Note: Currently three flights every week.
- EVA Air Note: Currently one flight every week.
- Travel agencies in Phnom Penh (English speakers):
- 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.
- American Citizen Services: After a period of limited emergency services in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, 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 cases that not subject to the Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak. Emergency and mission-critical visa services are available. For emergency requests, please email IVPhnomPenh@state.gov.
- Non-immigrant Visas: As of 15 July 2020, the United States Embassy’s Consular Section in Phnom Penh resumed scheduling for certain nonimmigrant visas, including F, M J, and B1/B2 visas. While the Consular Section aims to process cases as soon as possible, you should expect increased wait times for interview scheduling. MRV application fees paid may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please email NIVPhnomPenh@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.
- Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here.
- 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.
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