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CAN I TRAVEL TO CAMBODIA NOW?

by Melissa Nicholas

Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia from a far above the jungle canopy

This article focuses on the critical question, ‘Can I travel to Cambodia now?’ – the good news is that you can indeed travel to Cambodia now.

We’ll detail how you can travel to Cambodia and the practicalities of travel there too. Cambodia is open to fully vaccinated travelers with minimal restrictions and paperwork.  Take a look at our holidays to Cambodia for inspiration and ideas for your travel.

Like some of its neighbouring countries, Cambodia reported few COVID cases during the first year of the pandemic. The Kingdom then began to see an uptick in cases in conjunction with a community outbreak on the 20th February 2021 followed by the emergence of the Delta variant in April 2021. However, unlike many of the other countries in Southeast Asia, Cambodia didn’t really have a pronounced spike with cases fluctuating between 400 and 800 a day for most of the year in a population of 16 million.  This may be explained by its excellent vaccination rate. 

When will Cambodia open its borders to foreigners?

On 14th November 2021, Cambodia announced an immediate lifting (from 15th Nov) of all quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers. Prior to this, the borders hadn’t been completely closed but most visitors needed to obtain a visa prior to arrival and quarantine for 14 days on arrival at a specific pre-booked hotel in Phnom Penh.  It was initially anticipated that Cambodia would open a couple of key destinations but the entire country is now open to those who are double vaccinated following a highly successful vaccine rollout in Cambodia itself.

Guide smiling and raising his arms with peace signs

Can I travel to Cambodia from the UK?

Yes! Cambodia is open for travel.

Cambodia was never on the UK Red List and automatically switched to the UK “Go” List when the traffic light system was scrapped on 4th October 2021. This means that double-vaccinated travellers do not need to test on arrival back in the UK.

Does the FCDO advise against all but essential travel to Cambodia?

There is no COVID 19 specific FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) advice in place for travel to Cambodia. This means that the UK government do not believe there is any specific risk relating to COVID 19 whilst you are there. In turn, this means that most standard insurance policies will be valid for your trip.

What are vaccinations levels like in Cambodia?

Cambodia has had remarkable success with vaccination and ranks alongside much wealthier Singapore in having one of the best vaccination rates in Southeast Asia.  At present (21st January 2022) 83% of the population are fully vaccinated and Phnom Penh claims to be one of the most highly vaccinated capital cities in the world. Vaccination rates are still increasing and children from 6 years old are now being vaccinated. 

Do I need to be double vaccinated to get into Cambodia?

Yes – this is a requirement as Cambodia eases the arrival quarantine requirement from 15th November.

We’re yet to know the details for children under 18.

Child stood on boat on the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia

What tests do I have to take to get into Cambodia?

On 17th March 2022, Cambodia dropped all requirements for pre-arrival and on arrival testing for double vaccinated visitors. 

The Cambodian government offer an insurance policy for all visitors which covers any COVID related isolation or medical bills upfront. It is not compulsory.  

There are no apps or forms that need to be filled in (like in some other countries) and the ‘e visa’ process is as it always was. It appears that the visa on arrival is being reinstated too (17/3/22).

Do I have to quarantine on arrival in Cambodia?

Not if you’re double vaccinated (from 15th November 2021). If you’re not vaccinated then you need to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days. 

A luxury tent at Shinta Mani Wild overlooking the river in the heart of the Cardamom Mountains

Are there direct flights to Cambodia?

There have never really been any direct flights from the UK to Cambodia. You need to transit through a third country which will obviously need to be open. Flights into Cambodia are typically via Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Vietnam, there are also some options via Qatar and Dubai. Flights are into either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. 

As of 21 January, 2022 Singapore airlines offer the best and most convenient route into the country.

School children on steps underneath flag poles with the cambodian flag on top

Do I have to wear a mask in Cambodia?

Masks are currently mandated in public areas throughout Cambodia and are required when out and about. At present, you may take off your mask in restaurants and bars when eating and drinking. Mask wearing was fairly commonplace before the pandemic, these days don’t be surprised to see locals wearing masks at all times even in their own cars! 

Can I eat in local restaurants in Cambodia?

Currently, you are able to eat in restaurants throughout Cambodia, however social distancing measures are in place and should be adhered to.  

Street food in Cambodia at a hawker stall

Do I have to quarantine in the UK on return from Cambodia?

In a word, no!  Take a look at our guide to Covid testing for travel for more in-depth information on the current situation.  

Why should I book a trip to Cambodia now?

We believe you should book a trip to Cambodia now:

Angkor Wat in particular was often very busy and there is going to be a sweet spot before tourists return en masse, for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the temples without the crowds. There are a number of fantastic luxury island beach properties off the south coast of Cambodia that have particularly appealing offers to entice travelers as the country opens up – a bit of luxury at a discounted price is never bad.  The majority of roads in the country have been significantly improved during the pandemic so getting around is easier and quicker than it once was.

Cambodia is also one of the less wealthy countries in the region and booking a trip there will provide hope and support to guides, drivers and many others who have been affected by the pandemic. Any trip booked with ETG is backed by our Covid Promise.