Cambodia, Thailand entry requirements updated
Tourists to Cambodia who test positive for the omicron strain covid-19 will no longer be forced to stay at hospital the government has announced. From January 21 they will be allowed to receive treatment at their hotel or other preferred location.
Travellers will still need to provide proof of full vaccination, proof of PCR test taken not more than 72 hours before departure and submit to a rapid antigen test on arrival. If the last test is negative they will be free to travel anywhere within the kingdom. The US$ 50,000 value insurance is no longer mandatory but it is still highly recommended.
Unvaccinated travellers are still required to take a PCR test on arrival and to quarantine for 14 days.
Over 88% of Cambodia’s population is already vaccinated and the drive to add booster shots and inoculate children is ongoing.
Thailand is reinstating its Test & Go pass from February 1. The scheme was introduced in November but cancelled again in December with the rise of the omicron strain. From the beginning of February visitors will again be able to apply under the arrangement.
Tourists must be fully vaccinated and present a negative RT-PCR test taken with 72 hours of departure. An insurance package worth at least US$ 50,000 is also required. They book a hotel stay for the fist and fifth day of their visit to undergo RT-PCR tests and then wait in their room for the results.
The Sandbox plan, first introduced in Phuket, remains the same but has been expanded to include more destinations. The Sandbox plan now covers Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Si Racha, Si Chang, Sattahip, Na Jomtien and Bang Saray in Chon Buri, and Ko Chang in Trat, in addition to Krabi, Phang-Nga, Phuket, and Ko Samui/Ko Pha-ngan/Ko Tao. An extension will also be introduced to allow travellers to move between the Phuket and Samui sandboxes.
Visitors using the scheme are allowed to move freely within a restricted area for seven days before taking an RT-PCR test. If negative they are allowed to travel elsewhere in the country.
*Circumstances can change very rapidly so always double check with relevant embassy or consulate before booking anything.
Picture: Angkor Wat, Cambodia