Cambodia now requiring tourists to deposit PHP150,000 entrance fee; covers funeral costs

by Justine Punzalan
Jul 2, 2020
Cambodia reopened its borders to travelers in late May, but before heading to its tourist sites, you must first deposit USD3,000 or PHP150,000.
PHOTO/S: Paul Szewczyk on Unsplash

With the pandemic still in full swing, now is the best time to stay home and save up for your next vacation abroad.

If you're planning to include Cambodia on your post-pandemic travel list, prepare USD3,000—equivalent to PHP150,000—to be deposited in their designated banks upon arrival.

This will cover COVID-19 quarantine and treatment fees, including test kits, hospital confinement, and even funeral costs, which you may incur during your visit.

The Cambodia Finance Ministry released a three-part breakdown of the fee on June 11, 2020.

It includes the mandatory COVID-19 test, which costs USD165 (PHP8,205) inclusive of test kit, transport service, and accommodation in the designated hotel or quarantine center.

These tests usually take 24 hours to process, according to Cambodia's Ministry of Health.

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If your test result is negative, but one of the passengers in your flight is tested positive, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days in a hotel or center the government will designate.

This two-week quarantine costs USD1,086 (PHP54,000), with additional fees for doctors' consultation, security, and laundry services.

Foreigners who test positive for COVID-19 will be confined in public hospitals for a rate of USD330 (PHP16,410) per day inclusive of hospital accommodation (USD30 per day), as well as treatment and medicines (USD150).

Although Cambodia has not recorded any COVID-19-related deaths, its Ministry of Health noted that USD1,500 or PHP75,000 will be spent on the cremation of a foreign patient who succumbs to the disease.

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Expenses incurred during your visit will be deducted from the USD3,000 you deposited.

But, if you test negative for COVID-19, the remaining amount will be reimbursed to you immediately.

Cambodia reopened its borders on May 20. The Philippines, meantime, still prohibits domestic and international leisure travel as the country remains in quarantine.

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Cambodia reopened its borders to travelers in late May, but before heading to its tourist sites, you must first deposit USD3,000 or PHP150,000.
PHOTO/S: Paul Szewczyk on Unsplash
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