As Cambodia inches closer towards ‘reopening’, The Kingdom recorded it’s lowest daily new case total since April 6th.
Today’s official daily new COVID case total was 151, bringing the COVID case total to 117,352 cases.
14 days ago, on the 8th of October, PM Hun Sen announced that Cambodia will be capable of reopening its economy across all sectors if the Covid-19 situation post Pchum Ben remains stable at current levels for at least 10 consecutive days, saying:
“If the situation remains as it is for the next 10 to 15 days, then I think it is time to reopen the economy, and society, across all sectors under the new normal concept,”
Cambodia now seems to be moving, slowly but steadily, to a ‘new normality’ as shown by the re-opening of the e-Visa scheme for tourists and investors, relaxation of the quarantine period for incoming travellers and a new QR code system for checking vaccination status and a general determination by the Royal Government to get The Kingdom open for business again as soon as is safely possible
Speaking to Khmer Times, Anthony Galliano, president of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) said :
“The reintroduction of the tourist E-visa is a signal to the world that the Kingdom is progressively reopening. The suspension of tourist visas since the emergence of COVID has decimated the industry. This is a glimmer of hope for the hospitality sector, although inbound tourist travel is likely to remain stalled given that tagging on seven days of quarantine to any holiday remains an untenable condition.
“The positive news is that there is a process in place for tourism visas and it is now available again. Expectations are that the quarantine period will shortly be reduced in line with regional neighbours as their vaccination rates catch-up with Cambodia.”