Cambodia’s government has decided to temporarily suspend the issuance of tourist and entry visas for one month, to tackle the spread of coronavirus, starting from Monday.
Furthermore, all international travellers with valid existing visas will be subject to coronavirus test, before entering the country, VisaGuide.World reports.
“Any foreigner wishing to travel to the Kingdom of Cambodia must obtain a prior visa from Cambodian mission abroad. He/she must provide a medical certificate, issued by competent authorities of his/her country no more than 72 hours prior the date of travel, certifying that he/she is not tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19),” a press release of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation reads.
Cambodia’s latest decision shows the country’s effort to tighten control amid coronavirus, as it maintained looser entry restrictions, compared to neighbour countries.
Authorities stressed that the increase in the number of persons who tested positive for the virus could overwhelm the health system of the country.
There are 109 persons infected by SARS-CoV2-2 in Cambodia, while there have not been reported any fatal cases.
Authorities also decided to close all the country’s borders, for foreign citizens coming from Western nations and Iran, on March 17, for an unlimited period.
On March 25 2020, officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation agreed to help 6 Cambodian citizens stranded in Malaysia to get back home, at the same time 111 Malaysians stranded in Cambodia have been also helped to get to their home nation.
Up to this point, more than 800,000 cases of coronavirus have been detected worldwide, while the number of deaths reached 39,074.
More than 170, 000 persons worldwide, have been totally recovered from the deadly virus, so far.
The United States has the largest number of coronavirus infections (164,000), making the country the new epicentre of the disease, followed by Italy (101,739), Spain (94, 427), China (81,518) and Germany (67,051).