The U.S. Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. The Department continues to proactively communicate travel advice and warnings to U.S. citizens amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Embassy in Cambodia is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on American residents throughout the country.
The Government of Cambodia has indicated that it will make vaccines available to foreign residents as part of its “National Vaccination Master Plan.” It has not yet released details of this plan. We will continue to advocate with the Government of Cambodia that American citizens in the Kingdom have an opportunity to get vaccinated at the earliest opportunity.
In the meantime, we are aware of reports that some hospitals are requesting “letters of authorization” from embassies before vaccinating foreign residents. The U.S. Embassy has not been asked by the Government of Cambodia to provide such letters to American citizens seeking to be vaccinated. The host government maintains the authority to administer the entry and residency of foreign nationals in Cambodia; the U.S. Embassy and other missions are advocating that government officials and entities work directly with foreign residents to facilitate vaccinations.
We encourage all American citizens in Cambodia to follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination and to enroll in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov. Registration will ensure that you’ll receive the latest safety and security information including updates related to vaccine availability in Cambodia as it becomes available.