CAN I TRAVEL TO CAMBODIA?
What's the latest travel restrictions in Cambodia? We don't have all the answers just yet. But here's what we do know for now...
Updated Jan 19th 2021
WHAT'S THE LATEST TRAVEL UPDATE FOR CAMBODIA?
What The Cambodian Government Says:
Cambodia is open to tourists, but they are ensuring that you can only get in if you REALLY want to go. If you're going to get into Cambodia you need to do several things:
1. Get a visa before arrival
2. get a medical certificate, no longer than 72 hours prior to the date of travel, from a competent health authority stating you do not have COVID-19
3. Proof of insurance that has at least $50,000 in medical coverage
4. Deposit $2,000 USD as a deposit when you arrive at the airport. This is to make sure your expenses are covered in case you contract COVID and end up in the hospital. The remainder of the deposit will be returned once all passengers arriving on the same flight have tested negative for the virus.
5. You must get ANOTHER COVID test upon arrival (again, negative)
6. You must do a 14 day quarantine in a hotel at your own expense
These are the latest requirements and Cambodia has changed the rules a few times, so it's worth keeping an eye on. In short, it looks like we'll be waiting for things to ease up more before we head into Cambodia . You can stay up to date with the latest here: Cambodia Entry Requirements
Additionally, several airlines are now not allowing travellers who have been in the UK for the past 14 days, following the discovery of a new COVID strain. If you are a British national or have been in the UK recently, make sure you check with your airline.
What The UK Government Says:
Cambodia is exempt from the advice against all non-essential travel international travel. So at least it's easy on this end...Thanks UK!
However, the UK has announced a new national lockdown that will last until at least mid-Feb so until then if you are in the UK you will need to stay at home :(
Vaccine Latest: What The Science Says
If there is a silver bullet to getting us back out there exploring, it’ll come from the wonderful men and women in the long white coats, rushing to produce a COVID vaccine. November has been the month of awesome news on vaccines. First, Pfizer & BioTech’s released 90% efficacy in stage 3 trials and could be administering vaccinations as early as Dec 11. This great news was soon followed by Moderna, who’s vaccine reported 94% effectiveness at halting the coronavirus infection.
The world’s top immunologists have come together in an unprecedented way to help get us out of this and save lives (we’ve got a lot of TruHeroes out there!), and now the latest vaccination trial from Oxford University and AstraZeneca is reporting ‘up to 90%' efficacy. The search and distribution of a COVID vaccine is really motoring now, so those chances you exploring getting to explore Cambodia with us in 2021 are going up all the time! Here’s to the nerds, f*ck yeah!
Although this isn't the message of let's all run back to Cambodia straight away, the country is opening up and seems to have a strong plan in place for the future. We're going to keep up to date with travel plans and when we know, you'll now. YA KNOW? In the meantime here's everything you should know before you start planning that trip of a lifetime.
Everyone Wants To Know - When Should I 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!
Whenever you want to go whether it be 2021, or 2051 use this time to fill your heads with plans and dreams, soon this year will all be a distant memory, and we'll 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,
Don't Quit Your Day Dream