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Re-opening updates for Cambodia, Vietnam


Cambodia is currently the easiest country in Southeast Asia to visit, and has been fully reopened to vaccinated travelers since November. In an address on 21 January, the Prime Minister of Cambodia announced that travelers entering Cambodia who test positive for COVID upon arrival will be allowed to receive treatment or to self-isolate in their hotel or embassy based on preference, assuaging one of the biggest concerns so far from their reopening strategy. For anyone who has ever dreamt of experiencing the wonders of Angkor without the crowds, there has never been a better time to go!

Steps for Travelers:

  • Pre-arrival:
    • oApply online for an e-visa Tourism Visa Type T. Can also be done at a Cambodian Embassy or Consular Office.
    • oIn this same online visa approval process, you will upload:
      • Proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to departure to Cambodia
      • Proof of health/medical insurance covering COVID treatment with a minimum coverage of $50,000 USD. Alternatively: insurance covering up to 20 days can be purchased on-arrival for $90 USD.
      • Negative test results from a PCR test within 72 hours of departure to Cambodia.
    • oAs long as the above conditions are met, citizens of any country are permitted to enter Cambodia.
  • Arrival:
    • Undergo a free RTK saliva test upon arrival.
    • Wait 15-20 minutes for the results from the RTK saliva test to be returned.
    • If test result is negative, guests are free to explore all of Cambodia unrestricted and with no quarantine.
    • If test results are positive, guests will be asked to do a PCR test to confirm the results. If the positive result is confirmed, traveler will be admitted to an isolation/quarantine facility.
    • Download 'Tracerapp' before exiting the airport.
  • Vietnam:

    Vietnam begins reopening protocol for international tourists from March 15, 2022

    The Government Office has just issued Notice No. 43/TB-VPCP dated February 16, 2022, of the conclusion of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam at the meeting to discuss the plan to reopen tourism activities. Mr. Vu Duc Dam agreed with the proposal of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and opinions of the ministries and agencies at the meeting on the time to reopen tourism activities from March 15, 2022.

    * Regarding entry visas, the government resumes the unilateral visa exemption policy for 13 countries (Russia, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Belarus) for a maximum of 15 days and bilateral for 88 countries and territories as prior to the pandemic. E-visa is also available from March 15, 2022.

    * International tourists when coming to Vietnam do not need book tour packages with designated travel agencies, but only need to fully meet the regulations of the Ministry of Health on vaccination against COVID-19 as follows:

    - Vaccination certificate: Tourists from 12 years old and above must have received at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with the second dose administered not more than six months at the time of entry, or they have proof of COVID-19 recovery within six months that were issued by relevant authorities of the countries where they were treated, and that Vietnam recognizes.

    - Have negative test results before boarding (within 24 hours for rapid test method, 72 hours for RT-PCR method);

    - Fill out Vietnam Health Declaration form at https://tokhaiyte.vn .

    - Install Vietnam's COVID-19 app and the app would need to be on during their entire stay in the country.

    - For arrivals via air routes, people with suspect COVID-19 symptoms must be tested at the airport (rapid tests), while others can leave for their registered accommodation/hotels, self-quarantine for 24 hours and undergo a COVID-19 test.

    - Arrivals via roads can have their COVID-19 tests done at the border gates prior to entry.

    * Required medical or travel insurance including coverage for Covid-19 treatment worth at least US$10,000, instead of US$50,000 as previously required.

    * When a foreign tourist is found positive with Covid-19, accommodation/hotels must work with local health authorities to manage and ensure quarantine just like with Vietnamese citizens.

    * Under the program, Khanh Hoa (Nha Trang), Kien Giang (Phu Quoc), Quang Nam (Hoi An), Quang Ninh (Halong), and Binh Dinh (Quy Nhon) provinces, along with Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang City are the only localities foreign tourists can visit.

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