Published on : Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Cambodia became the latest country in Asia on Monday to end strict quarantine and travel measures for vaccinated arrivals, giving hope to businesses in the pandemic-hit tourism industry.
The Southeast Asian country eased travel and entry curbs after 18 months for vaccinated travellers, following similar steps from neighbouring Thailand and Indonesia’s Bali.
A 75-year-old Men Vanna, who owns a painting and souvenir shop said in this context that this is a good decision because when more tourists return then I can sell more of my things and feed my children.
More tourists coming into the country the better for my business.
Last year, Cambodia welcomed 1.3 million foreign arrivals, with tourism receipts of about $1 billion, government data showed. That compared to 6.6 million arrivals and $4.9 billion in 2019.
Restaurants were also readying hygiene measures for customers.
International travellers know Cambodia best for the Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap province.
Arrivals will have to show a negative COVID-19 test result and be tested.
Cambodia has vaccinated nearly 90% of its more than 16 million people, one of Asia’s highest inoculation rates.