Cambodia and Malaysia Latest Countries To Ban Travellers Amid Omicron Threat

Cambodia and Malaysia have joined an ever lengthening list of countries, including Thailand and Singapore, to ban travellers from a number of countries as the latest Covid-19 variant spreads.

Main picture Phnom Penh, Cambodia credit Daniel Bernard on Unsplash

Cambodia

A Health Ministry statement earlier this week announced that travellers from 10 African countries, or anyone who had visited them in the previous 3 weeks, would be barred from entering the country for the forseeable future.

The affected countries are:

  • South Africa,
  • Angola
  • Botswana,
  • Eswatini,
  • Lesotho,
  • Malawi,
  • Mozambique,
  • Namibia,
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe.

Cambodia only reopened to foreign travellers on 15th November following the succesful rollout of their vaccination programme.

In better news from Cambodia, it has been announced that high-risk adult entertainment venues, including bars, nightclubs and karaoke parlours in Phnom Penh were now permitted to reopen.

Malaysia

[REUTERS] Malaysia has temporarily banned the entry of travellers from countries that have reported the Omicron COVID-19 variant or are considered high-risk, its health minister said on Wednesday.

The Southeast Asian nation joins countries around the world that have limited travel from southern Africa, where the variant, believed to be the most contagious yet, was first detected.

The travel ban applies to eight African countries, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi, but could be extended to other nations where the variant has been detected, such as Britain and the Netherlands, health minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.

Malaysia will also delay plans to set up so-called Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) with the affected countries, and reimpose quarantine requirements for Malaysian citizens and long-term residents returning from those nations, regardless of their vaccination status.

“These are just temporary measures until we find out more about the Omicron variant,” Khairy said.

“The moment we believe it is safe, we will lift these measures.”

Malaysia, which has reported more than 2.6 million coronavirus cases, has gradually reopened its borders to travelers in recent weeks as infections have slowed amid a high vaccination rate

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