Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex remains off-limits for tourists

Cambodian premier and strongman Hun Sen has announced that he wants the country to reopen for international tourism. However, it is likely to be a gradual process with initial preference given to tour or charter groups from the traditional Asian markets such as China and Vietnam. The chances are you won’t be seeing the historical wonder of Angkor Wat anytime soon.

According to tourism minister Thong Khon, tourist visas to the province of Ko Kong (which shares a border with Thailand) will be available from November 30 for fully-vaccinated tourists in organized tour groups who also test negative for the virus. There will be no quarantine, but visitors will be restricted to one specific area. The same facility, with the same tight restrictions will be extended to Siem Reap, which houses the famous Angkor Wat complex, in January 2022.

But individual vacationers to Cambodia will be heavily restricted for the foreseeable future. The Cambodian embassy in London confirms on its website that tourist visas remain banned until further notice. Anyone wishing to fly to Cambodia must apply to the local embassy for a “general” 30 days visa designed for family members and business people rather than for leisure visitors. Medical insurance and Covid tests are mandatory, whilst monitored hotel quarantine is still enforced for up to a week depending on the reason for the visit and the status of the traveller.

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