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Welcome to Cambodia! Bring your wallet.

Caitlin Ashworth



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If you’re thinking about planning a trip to Cambodia soon, reconsider, unless you’re willing to put down US$3,000, a fortune for a backpacker in Southeast Asia. The country wants foreigners to make the deposit at a local bank upon entering to make sure any potential medical or quarantine costs can be met. And that’s just the start.

Even if you have the money, it’s still tricky to get in. Travellers need to have a medical insurance valued over US$50,000 and a health certificate deeming them free of the coronavirus, issued 72 hours before entering the country. Then, they start deducting from the deposit.

Travelling to south east Asia as a tourist has largely been put on hold by most of the countries keeping strong control over their borders in the immediate and medium future. Travel bubbles are being seen as a way forward for reciprocal ‘low risk’ countries to re-introduce travel across their borders.

Cambodian media say testing may need to be done before a traveller can enter which would be US$100 for a swab test, US$30 for overnight accommodation while results sent to the lab, $30 for food and extra expenses for transportation. This would be taken out of the deposit made at the bank.

Once the travellers has gone through all that rigmarole, then they must self isolate for 14 days at their hotel, reporting to medical officers each day. Another swab test would be done on the 13th day of isolation. In another scenario, where a passenger on the flight tests positive for the coronavirus, then everyone on the flight would need to go into quarantine, with costs involved taken out of the bank deposit. Worse case, those who get sick need to pay all costs involved.

Even death has costs. US$1,500 would used for cremation and funeral costs.

Have a great time in Cambodia!



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    ken jones

    Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 3:09 pm


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      Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Ken Jones, Cambodia was taken over by “the people” in April 1975. How did that turn out?

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    Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Bye Bye Cambodia … you do not want foreigners ? You will get what you want .
    Just another xenophobic country nobody will go to …

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    Friday, June 19, 2020 at 8:08 am

    It is the best policy during the pandemic period.

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    Friday, June 19, 2020 at 8:29 am

    wait till thailand mirrors this policy yet declares thailand open to tourism /sarc

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    Friday, June 19, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    It is reported in the Bangkok Post that Thailand now only wants the rich tourists, who will be made to stay in one place like Pattaya or Phuket and at only 5 star hotels, and with no freedom of movement, because ‘1 rich person spends as much as five normal people’. Best of luck with that Thailand. What about all the Thai people you will consign to be unemployed because if you have only a fifth of the visitors, so no need for 80% of your hotels/staff/restaurants/etc? The tourism chiefs need to get real. No one, especially those with that kind of money, will visit a country that restricts their movement.

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    Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 9:19 am

    We’ll see how these policies remain in effect.

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    oRION lION

    Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Oh goodie, I am now going to beg to visit CAMBODIA. LOL!!!!!

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    Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Cambodians have taken this global human insanity to another level !

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    Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    No worries. Every western and chinese people have unlimited amount of money they can carry to south east asia.

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    Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Cambodia essentially just cancelled tourism for the foreseeable future. Let’s revisit this program after 3 months and see how things are going.

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    Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHA…. deposit money in a Cambodian bank? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    RIP Cambodia

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    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Anyone intending to comply with such moronic procedures must be tested for sanity.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Yes HAHAHA.
    I’m in Cambodia now and I would not give a tuc tuc driver a $10 note A $5 trip because I would have to argue for the change back.

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    Jan G

    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    As a resident and small business owner in Siem Reap, and stuck in Thailand for 3 months this is all I need to hear. How f’d up and short sighted can they be? Death sentence for tourism and small investors in their country. All I can hope for is that they’ll come to their senses!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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