Cambodia: PM announces quarantine free travel for fully vaccinated passengers

Phnom Penh: Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen announced quarantine-free travel for most of the country’s population to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus pandemic.

In a special audio message released publicly, he said that the quarantine-free journey will be effective from November 22.

Hun Sen was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency, since about 88 percent of our total population have received coronavirus vaccines, there is no longer a need for quarantine.

He said, both Cambodians and foreigners visiting Cambodia will no longer need to go into quarantine, but those who have not been vaccinated will undergo a full 14-day quarantine.

However, samples of all incoming passengers will be taken for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on arrival in the state and they can wait for the test reports at their own residences or at the homes of their friends or relatives, he added.

He said, if his Kovid report is negative then he has the right to go wherever he wants to go.

The Prime Minister said that the fully vaccinated passengers are currently undergoing quarantine at many centres. They will be allowed to leave the facilities starting Monday.

According to the Ministry of Health (PCR), the Southeast Asian nation took this step after giving at least one dose of corona vaccines to 140.5 million people or 87.8 percent of its 16 million population.

Of them, 1.32 million, or 82.5 percent, have been fully vaccinated and 20.2 million, or 12.6 percent, have received a third or booster dose, the MOH said.

Cambodia Chamber of Commerce Vice President Lim Heng welcomed the quarantine-free policy, saying it would encourage investors and tourists to visit Cambodia.

Chaye Siewlin, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said the move would give a big boost to the tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the pandemic.

According to Xinhua news agency, this is exciting news for tour and travel operators as well as other tourism-related businesses, and we are confident that this quarantine-free policy will restart our tourism growth after nearly two years of recession. .

Meanwhile, 55 new cases of corona were reported in Cambodia in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of infected to 119,536, while 6 people died, raising the total death toll to 2,867, the MOH said.

62 of the corona infected have been cured, due to which the number of cured people has increased to 115,924.

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