Cambodia lifts entry ban on travelers from six countries

Bangkok Desk, May 21 (efe-epa).- The Cambodian authorities on Wednesday lifted orders issued mid-March that prohibited travelers from Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Iran, France and the United States from entering the country on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new order issued on Wednesday by the health ministry, however, requires all those traveling to Cambodia to produce a certificate stating that they had tested negative for COVID-19 and issued in the previous 72 hours prior to their arrival as well as health insurance with a minimum cover of $50,000.

The measures are not required for foreign diplomats or representative of the international NGOs and Cambodian diplomats and holders of official passports.

Despite the easing of travel restrictions in Cambodia, most international flights in Southeast Asia are canceled, mainly those from Europe and the US, with travel restrictions in all the countries.

On the website of the Phnom Penh International Airport, one can see the arrival and departure of two international flights to and from several cities of China and South Korea.

Cambodia, which has detected 122 COVID-19 cases with zero deaths, only banned the entry of visitors from the above mentioned six countries and has not imposed strict quarantine measures although it has closed schools, museums, bars and other businesses.

With more than 72,000 confirmed cases and over 2,200 deaths, most countries in Southeast Asia have begun to lift restrictions imposed on account of the novel coronavirus but international travel remains very restricted.

Thailand has imposed a ban on international flights until at least June 31 while international traffic is very limited at airports in Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Philippines announced that it will ease restrictions on some international flights starting June 1 and Singapore will allow international passengers to transit from June 2.

However, the entry of foreign travelers is prohibited, with some exceptions, in countries such as Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, while in Thailand, foreigners are allowed to enter with a COVID-19 test and health insurance.

Only special flights, such as humanitarian or military flights, are permitted in Thailand for the time being. EFE-EPA


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