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Cambodia reduces quarantine period for unvaccinated visitors to 7 days

Cambodia reduced the required quarantine period from two weeks to one for arriving travellers who are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, acting after recording consistently low numbers of new infections in recent days.

The Health Ministry also said that travellers arriving by air who have not been fully vaccinated must take a rapid antigen test on the last day of their quarantine.

Arrivals by land — mostly Cambodian workers in neighbouring countries — are required to take rapid antigen tests on arrival as well as on the last day of quarantine.

Cambodia had already opened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers on November 15 in an effort to revitalise its tourism-reliant economy.

The changes announced on April 22 come about a month after another easing of pandemic-related restrictions for visitors from abroad, including the dropping of mandatory Covid-19 tests for travellers who have been vaccinated.

Visas on arrival were also restored last month .

Before the pandemic, Cambodia had developed its tourism industry into an important source of revenue, and in 2019 welcomed a record 6.61 million foreign tourists who spent about $5.31 billion, just under 20% of the county’s gross national product, according to Tourism Ministry statistics.

The number of tourist arrivals in 2020 plunged to 1.31 million, accounting for $1.12 billion in revenue, or just over 4% of GNP. Tourist arrivals last year declined even further to 196,495, accounting for just $184 million in revenue.

The changes announced on April 21, come about a month after another easing of pandemic-related restrictions for visitors from abroad, including the dropping of mandatory Covid-19 tests for travellers who have been vaccinated. (Source HT)

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