Cambodia delays welcoming tourists by a year

Authorities prioritize public health and safety after detection of the deadly Delta variant of the coronavirus.

The Cambodian government has delayed reopening the country to foreign tourists by a year as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to weigh on the minds of authorities amid lockdowns, curfews and the closure of eight provinces.

“The strategic plan is aimed at fully reopening the international tourism sector in the fourth quarter of 2022 — standing on the principles of keeping a balance between social-economic activities and ensuring safety and public health for people, tourists and all travelers,” the Tourism Ministry said.

A meeting of stakeholders, chaired by Tourism Minister Thong Khon, tasked with managing a roadmap for revising tourism, a key sector of the pre-Covid economy, decided only vaccinated tourists will be welcomed through tourism packages organized by licensed operators.

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