On Wednesday (May 20), Cambodian government decided to lift a ban on entry of visitors from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the United States that had been put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Cambodia has reported 122 cases of the virus that causes Covid-19 and no deaths from the disease since it emerged in China and started spreading around the world, infecting more than 4.5 million and killing about 300,000 since January.
The Health Ministry said on Saturday (May 16) that the last patient with the coronavirus has recovered and left the hospital, leaving the Southeast Asian country with zero cases.
As a result, on Wednesday (May 20), government officials in Cambodia have come to a decision on lifting the previous ban of entry, which was applied in March due to rising cases from foreign visitors.
Previously, Cambodia had eased the travel restrictions within the country since the middle of April after 4 consecutive days without any new cases of COVID-19.
From now on, citizens in Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and America are welcomed to visit Cambodia, as long as they can verify their health status.
Despite the easing, all foreign visitors would still need to have a certificate no more than 72 hours old confirming that they are not infected with the novel coronavirus and proof of 50,000 USD worth of health insurance while in Cambodia, said the Health Ministry.
They also would be quarantined for 14 days after arrival at government designate place and tested for the coronavirus, a ministry statement said, but did not specify where.
“All passengers, both Cambodian and foreign, who are travelling to Cambodia, are admitted to waiting centres for the Covid-19 tests and that they are waiting for results from the Pasteur laboratory,” Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in a statement, referring to respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.