Cambodia Travel Outlook Amidst Coronavirus in 2020 May 19, 2020 Cambodia Travel Outlook Amidst Coronavirus in 2020 "When can we book holidays to Cambodia?" Unfortunately it's still very much a 'plan today, travel tomorrow' type scenario as we wait for governments around the world to reopen borders and relax travel restrictions. But let's look a little closer to get some clues as to when and how the restrictions may be lifted. Stats Restrictions Outlook BACKGROUND, BIG PICTURE AND BROAD PERSPECTIVE It was widely reported that Prime Minister Hun Sen downplayed the risks of the crisis, arguably to nurture and strengthen Cambodia’s relationship with China. Hun Sen told Chinese President Xi Jinping that he had “decided to make a special visit to China with an aim to showcase Cambodia’s support to China in fighting the outbreak of the epidemic.” At no point did Cambodia ban travellers from China, despite implementing bans from Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany, France and USA in mid March. The first case was discovered on January 27th in Sihanoukville, where a 60 year old man from Wuhan China was diagnosed. He was quarantined, treated, recovered and left Cambodia on February 10th. The second case was not diagnosed until March 7th. By March 16th, there were 11 cases nationwide, mostly from international travellers. Education facilities were closed across the country. The following day, numbers jumped to 33 with outbreaks from Khmer muslims attending mosques in Malaysia, provoking discrimination in the community. The government then banned karaoke bars, cinemas, concerts and religious gatherings. Borders to Thailand and Vietnam were then closed on the 18th, but more due to being closed from their neighbours than imposed at the initiative of Cambodia. Late March saw all foreign visas on arrival (and e-visas) halted, with visitors allowed via traditional embassies with medical clearance of COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours.In early April, the government offered all factory workers who had been stood down an economic stimulus package of US$40 per month, whilst the factory would pay an additional US$30 per month. The living wage in Cambodia for an individual is US$190 according to Trading Economics. OFFICIAL STATS AND NUMBERS 0 Total Cases 0 Total Deaths 0 Current Active Officially, there are no active reported cases of COVID-19 in Cambodia, as of 16th May, 2020. The last person with the disease was discharged from hospital after making a full recovery. The last reported new case was on April 12th, 2020. Nobody has died from COVID-19 in Cambodia.This is an incredibly impressive result considering the geographical location of Cambodia. RESTRICTIONS AND THE WORD ON THE STREET The word on the street is that the stats actually stack up. Speaking to both locals and expats who have lived in Phnom Penh throughout the pandemic and for years prior, the general belief is that the effect of Coronavirus has been limited in regards to the health of the community. The stats are verified by independent sources from the CDC and WHO.Life within Cambodia is starting to get back to normal, with schools beginning to reopen shortly (mid to late May), internal travel within provinces open and restaurants and markets starting to open. Many businesses have closed within the hospitality and tourism sector, some due to health concerns and some for financial viability. It is not known how many businesses will return when the country opens up to international travel. Most hotels are closed and restaurants are limited to food stalls. Angkor Wat is, and always has been, open. People are moving about Nightlife is beginning to open up Restaurants are starting to return TRAVEL OUTLOOK AND PROSPECTIVE DATES As of March 30, the government banned all visa on arrivals and e-visa issuances for a period of 30 days. It is not known if this has been extended. People can still technically arrive in Cambodia though, but they must get the visa from their home embassy. Once in Cambodia, they must self isolate for a period of two weeks. In addition to this, all travellers must have a medical clearance of COVID-19 through testing in the previous 72 hours prior to travel.Social Cycles still has tours planned for September and we’re crossing all our fingers and toes that they will go ahead.We know that Cambodia has no known active infections with a 100% survival rate of the 122 cases they did have. 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