Cambodia has set out a draft four year plan to restart and rebuild tourism in the country which could start as early as November this year.
Main picture Phnom Penh, Cambodia credit Mark on Unsplash
The plan is made up of three phases; Resilience and Restart in 2021; Recovery in 2022 and 2023 and Relaunch in 2024 and 2025.
The restart plans follow the successful Covid-19 vaccination rollout which has seen the country have the second highest rate of inoculations in Southeast Asia, after Singapore. Cambodia hopes to have reached herd immunity levels by the end of this month.
“The opening of safe tourism will be done step by step, based on the principle of maintaining a balance between socio-economic activities and ensuring safety and public health for citizens. We have the opportunity to reform Cambodia’s tourism sector to become a quality, safe and sustainable tourism destination.”Thong Khon, Cambodia Tourism Minister
The plans for the return of tourists may follow the lead of the Phuket Sandbox. It is likely that visitors will need to be fully vaccinated and have a negative test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival and another on arrival in the country.
There are hopes that current quarantine measures for arrivals will be relaxed or even removed for travellers meeting the above conditions.
Cambodia has been closed to foreign tourists since March 2020.
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