CAN I TRAVEL TO CAMBODIA?
Hot off the press... the Cambodian government have said COME ON IN! We've been waiting ever so patiently to return to this beautiful country and its welcoming locals, stunning temples, and CRAZY nights out!
...and now we can! SO, here's all you need to know in regards to getting into Cambodia
Updated November 18th, 2021
Can I travel to Cambodia?
YES, Cambodia is open! Let’s go see the magnificent sunrise over Angkor Wat and lay on the white sand beaches of Koh Rong Samleon.
Entry requirements for Cambodia:
Can I enter Cambodia if I am fully vaccinated?
Yes! If you’re a fully vaccinated traveller you can enter Cambodia you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated and also show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before your arrival. You can prove that you are fully vaccinated by showing your NHS COVID Pass.There is no quarantine in Cambodia for fully vaccinated travellers.
Can I enter Cambodia if I am unvaccinated/not-fully vaccinated?
Yes! If you’re an unvaccinated or not-fully vaccinated traveller you will also need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before your arrival.
If you’re unvaccinated/not-fully vaccinated travellers:
Do I need a negative test to enter Cambodia?
Yes! You’ll need a negative PCR test taken with 72 hours of your flight whatever your vaccination status. All travellers arriving in Cambodia will also have to have a COVID-19 test on arrival. The type of COVID-19 test depends on your vaccination status - vaccinated travellers will need to do a lateral flow test on arrival and wait for 15 to 20 minutes for the result whereas unvaccinated and not-fully vaccinated travellers will be required to do a PCR test. More information can be found here.
Do I need a vaccine to enter Cambodia?
Currently nope, it’s not mandatory to have a COVID vaccine to enter Cambodia.
Do I need to quarantine when entering Cambodia?
So, while non-vaccinated or not-fully vaccinated travellers can enter the country by showing a negative COVID-19 test, you will have to complete a hefty 14 day quarantine on arrival.
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm fully vaccinated?
If you are fully vaccinated, then before you travel back to England, you must book and pay for a COVID-19 test (either lateral flow or PCR) that is to be taken after you arrive in England. You'll also need to complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. When you're back in England, you can take the COVID-19 test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0. You do not have to quarantine when you arrive in England. If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate. If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test. If your lateral flow is negative, no problemo... go about your life as normal!
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm not fully vaccinated?
If you are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated, then, like fully-vaccinated travellers, you must complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours before you arrive in England. Unlike fully-vaccinated travellers, you must take a COVID-19 test in the 2 days before you travel to England. You must also pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests that are to be taken after you arrive in England. When you're back in England, you must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0. If the day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for the full 10 days. You only have to take the day 8 test if the day 2 test is negative. If the day 8 test is negative, you're good to go, you can end your quarantine! If the day 8 test is positive, you have to self-isolate for 10 full days.
When is the BEST time to visit Cambodia?
Cambodia is a dream all year round, but the most popular time to visit is between October - May. It's dry season and an average temperature of 28 degrees in these months. It gets HOT, HOT, HOT as we go into March, April & May. Khmer New Year is celebrated in April, and it's one of Cambodia's most celebrated festivals! In May temperatures can hit up to 40 degrees. Don't forget that suncream kids, ya gonna need it! May is technically the start of the rainy season although you'll experience little compared to September and October.
IF YOU NEVER GO, YOU'LL NEVER KNOW RIGHT?
Cambodia is a gem of a country and with so many things to see and do it's hard to decide what should make the top of your list! Well, look no further guys and gals. We've put together a "What should I do in Cambodia" list for ya. We know, we're good to you.
Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Get up early, grab a coffee, or 6. Hey, we only pretend to be morning people. Time for a classic Angkor Wat sunrise! It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the oldest and largest religious monuments in the world. Say Wat?! Crazy right? Yeah, it's mad, but it's also world famous for producing one of the most incredible sunrises going. Full of culture and heritage, a local guide will tell you all about how these stunning buildings have come to be where they are today. Parts of the temples are also the setting for the blockbuster Tomb Raider. Angelina Jolie eat your heart out.
Take A Cooking Class
You may already be a world-renowned chef, but we can't imagine Gordon Ramsey reading this blog. If he is, hi Gordon, call me! ;) ANYWAYYYY… Cambodian food is up there with some of the most delicious cuisines around. Take a cooking class and learn how to cook up a traditional Khmer storm! Try your hand at cooking up Nom Bank Chok: Khmer noodles or a traditional chicken red curry. One of the best parts of Cambodia is the food. So leave the scales at home, forget gaining a few pounds. The only numbers you should be looking at is how many dishes you've got left to try!
KOH RONG SAMLOEM BABY!
Just a short 20-minute ferry ride away is the paradise island of Koh Rong Samloem. Famous for its crystal clear waters, idyllic beaches and lively nightlife. Koh Rong Samloem really is the place to let go of all that stress in your shoulders you've been carrying. Or just the weight of the super heavy backpacked you insisted on overpacking on day 1. It might be known as a party island, but there is so much more to offer than $2 cocktails. $2 cocktails are nice, and $2 cocktails will always be wanted, but if you want to relax for the day, grab some meditation or sleep off that god awful hangover Koh Rong Samloem has many tiny secluded beaches you can snooze on!
We know that we're going to be back to this beaut country ASAP, so we're expecting to meet you at the bar on Pub Street. First drinks are on us.
The only C-word you should be googling right now guys is...CAMBODIA.
As always TruFam,
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