Cambodia Restricts Mostly European Travellers to Come

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Siem Reap International Airport is getting less busy these days.

Cambodia is banning four European countries, the USA and Iran of entering into its territory due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Interestingly, the government did not adopt the same measure for two countries where the coronavirus infection decimated population: China and South Korea…

Cambodia has been officially spared from the massive spread of the coronavirus pandemic within its boundaries. According to official data from 16 March, the Kingdom’s official record of COVID-19 total cases stood only at 12, a far outcry compared to its neighbours (114 in Thailand and 56 in Vietnam). However, the government decided to take emergency measures to strictly control the spread of the virus. Only the weeks ahead will tell if these measures have been effective to avoid a massive epidemic in the country.

Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng said at the press conference on Saturday that schools would close in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. But most important, Cambodian authorities announced a 30-day entry ban of the following nationalities: Italian, German, Spanish, French and the US, as well as a ban on cruise ships and riverboats entering Cambodia.

The Phnom Penh Post reported that during the press conference on Saturday, the Ministry of Health stressed that: “Recently, Cambodia has detected one case after another of Covid-19 among foreigners of different nationalities. This requires [us] to take immediate preventive measures against the transfer of Covid-19 into the Kingdom. Therefore, the Ministry of Health has acted to ban foreigners from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the US, from entering Cambodia for 30 days, starting from 17 March onwards,” it said. Travellers from Iran are also banned. As the pandemic gains further strength, it is possible that more countries would be placed on the list.

On Friday, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport also started banning the entry of all cruise ships to Cambodia to prevent the spread of COVID-19.