Tourists need to pay this whopping price to visit Cambodia now — here’s why

Justin Chan

Those interested in visiting Cambodia might want to save up before booking a trip there.

According to the U.S. embassy in the country, foreign travelers are now required to pay a minimum deposit of $3,000 for “mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment services.”

Of that amount, at least $165 will be applied to the compulsory testing and broken down as follows: $100 for the test, $5 for the commute from the airport to the testing center, $30 for the stay at a hotel or a designated facility while the traveler waits for the testing result and $30 for the three meals per day.

The embassy further notes that approximately $1,281 could be spent to “support quarantine” if the passenger tests negative but someone else on that person’s flight tests positive for COVID-19. In the event that case arises, every passenger on the flight — including those who do not have COVID-19 —  must be in quarantine for at least two weeks. The visitor will need to also pay $6 per day for a doctor, $15 for laundry services and $3 per day for security.

Should the passenger test positive and require treatment, they will need to pay at least $330 for a stay at a hospital, $30 per pay for accommodation and $150 per day for medication, as outlined by Cambodia’s Ministry of Economy and Finance.

VOA Cambodia reports that some officials in Cambodia’s tourism sector have expressed reservation about the high price of visiting their country, arguing that it could deter travel.

“[It] should be half [the price] for testing for COVID-19,” Chhay Sivlin, the president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, told the publication, while pointing out that around 630,000 Cambodians are economically linked to the tourism industry and have already seen a lost in income.

Sivlin also encouraged the government to lift suspensions on visa-free entry, tourist visas, e-visas and visas on arrival.

But Meas Soksensan, a spokesman for the ministry, said the price points and the current guidelines set in place were fair.

“Can VOA Khmer tell me which country treats foreigners free of charge?” he asked.

As of June 11, Cambodia only has one active case of COVID-19, the U.S. embassy states. Furthermore, Khek Norinda, a communications officer at the Phnom Penh International Airport, told VOA Cambodia that, on that same day, just 1,720 people moved through the airport, compared to 28,300 inbound and outbound passengers who were at the airport on that day in 2019.

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