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Cambodia looks to reopen

Moves are afoot within Cambodia’s tourism industry to work towards a possible reopening of borders for fully vaccinated international travellers by November this year.

The Cambodian tourism ministry recently announced that fully vaccinated international tourists with proof of their inoculation could be allowed into Cambodia as soon as November 2021.

Cambodia is also considering lessening or removing the 14-day quarantine policy for fully vaccinated tourists, barring certification showing a negative Covid test 72 hours before travel and another negative Covid test upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport.

Cambodia is currently the second most vaccinated country in Southeast Asia after Singapore: the kingdom has already inoculated over 60% of its 16.5 million people, while over 95% of its residents in the capital Phnom Penh (2.1 million) are fully vaccinated. The country anticipates it will reach herd immunity with 75% of its population double vaccinated by the end of September. The Cambodian government started vaccinating children over the age of 12 in August.

Hotelier confident

Herman Kemp, general manager of Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, says the vaccination rates in the country, together with stringent hygiene measures, makes him confident the hotel will be prepared for international visitors once travel resumes.

Kemp says Cambodia’s successful reopening will be dependent on a fast inoculation rollout and consumer confidence. ‘If Cambodia continues on the current vaccination trajectory, we will most likely become the first country in Southeast Asia to open to tourists,’ he adds.

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