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Cambodia could reopen to vaccinated tourists by Q4

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The Cambodian government is mulling Angkor entry for vaccinated foreign tourists in Q4.
The Cambodian government is mulling Angkor entry for vaccinated foreign tourists in Q4. Photo Credit: Getty Images/emrah akyıldız

Vaccinated international tourists with proof of their inoculation could be allowed into Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap by Q4 within 14 days of arrival to Cambodia, as the government is now exploring plans to open up the country's tourism sector.

This is part of Cambodian government's tentative plans to relax its quarantine policy, announced Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, who had received the go ahead by Prime Minister Hun Sen to begin discussions with relevant ministries, institutions and private sectors on the proposal, reported The Phnom Penh Post.

President of Cambodia Association of Travel Agents Chhay Sivlin has welcomed the initiative, expressing hope that this would return jobs and incomes to the tourism sector.

The association head has called on the government to announce its plans for eased restrictions early, so as to give the sector ample time to organise its resources and plans in support, the report added.

Meanwhile, other industry leaders also urged the Cambodia government to come up with clear guidelines around the reopening of the tourism sector, while stressing that inoculations will be a key factor to attract foreign travellers back to the country.

According to the tourism minister, the kingdom is ramping up vaccination efforts for the tourism community, civil servants and other sectors, even as Cambodia registered more than 1,000 Covid cases in just the past week, and saw a night-time curfew imposed in capital Phnom Penh as well as shutting down the same Angkor Archaeological Park.

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