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Cambodia Welcomes Fully Vaccinated Visitors from November

AKP Phnom Penh, October 26, 2021

Sihanoukville Tourism

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen said on Tuesday that Cambodia will welcome fully vaccinated foreign tourists from all countries.

Tourism destinations including Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Island in Preah Sihanouk province and Dara Sakor vacation zone of Koh Kong province will be the first to receive the vaccinated tourists.

After having been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis for about two years, Cambodia will welcome all foreign tourists fully vaccinated from Nov. 30 this year, he said.

Siem Reap city, home of world famed Angkor Wat Temple, is set to reopen for vaccinated tourists earlier next year.

Fully vaccinated foreign tourists are required to stay in the ‘safe and green destination’ without quarantine, the Ministry of Tourism stated in a statement issued on the same day.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, foreign tourists can enter Cambodia by air without quarantine, provided they have been fully vaccinated and have evidence of pre-flight negative test results, booked hotels, and insurance.

They are also required to take a ‘Rapid Test’ for COVID-19 upon arrival and another ‘PCR Test’ a day before they move to other destinations or leave Cambodia, added the source.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)

COVID-19: Only 112 New Cases Detected, but 287 More Patients Recovered

AKP Phnom Penh, October 26, 2021

Ministry Health of Cambodia

There were only 112 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Cambodia this morning, of which 10 were imported.

These are PCR test results, pointed out a press release of the Ministry of Health, adding that national counts stood at 118,000, including 19,546 imported cases.

At the same time, 8 more people have died due to the pandemic, but 263 more patients have successfully been cured; bringing the total death and recovered cases to 2,751 and 113,527, respectively.

The first COVID-19 case was detected in Cambodia in late January 2020 in Preah Sihanouk province. The confirmed cases have surged quickly this year due to the Feb. 20 incident.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)

Ban of Flights from Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines Lifted

AKP Phnom Penh, October 23, 2021

Ban of flights Lifted

Cambodia has decided to lift the temporary ban of flights from Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines imposed since Aug. 1, 2020 to reduce the risk of imported COVID-19 transmission.

The decision is aimed to contribute to the resumption, step by step, of economic and social activities in the New Normal, underlined a press release of the Ministry of Health issued this evening.

The move will help the rehabilitation of air transport and the cooperation in this sector, it added.

As of this morning, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cambodia were recorded at 117,644, of which 112,658 have recovered and 2,725 have died.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)

Test & GO: Quarantine-Free Entry Requirements From 1 November, 2021.

October 22, 2021

The Prime Minister of ThailandThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to confirm that Thailand is all set to welcome fully vaccinated foreign visitors, including returning Thais and foreign residents, from the approved countries to enter the Kingdom by air with no quarantine requirements from 1 November, 2021.

Thai Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, signed the entry guidelines for the quarantine-free reopening, published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette last night (21 October 2021) along with two other announcements on relaxed COVID-19 controls in 17 Thai destinations.

1. Travel by air from the approved countries. Currently, Thailand has approved quarantine-free entry for arrivals from Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK, USA, and Hong Kong.
• Must have been in the approved countries for 21 days or more.
• For returning Thais and foreign residents, it is not necessary to be in an approved country for 21 days or more, as long as they are travelling from Thailand to the approved country/s and return within the last 21 days.

2. A Certificate of Entry (COE) or a proof of registration for entry Thailand via specified platform. Currently, the COE can be applied online https://coethailand.mfa.go.th/.

3. A Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.
• A Medical Certificate of Recovery is also required from those having a lab result with COVID-19 detected to show that that have recovered from COVID-19 no later than 3 months.

4. An insurance policy, with coverage clearly identified as no less than US$50,000, which should cover the cost of the treatment and other medical expenses associated with being infected with COVID-19, including in-patient hospitalisation for the whole duration in Thailand. *Except for Thai citizens who are entitled to the national health insurance system.*

5. A payment confirmation for no less than a 1-night stay upon arrival at the approved quarantine facilities (Alternative Quarantine – AQ, Organisation Quarantine – OQ, or Alternative Hospital Quarantine – AHQ), or SHA Plus-certified hotel.
• The prepayment should cover both the 1-night accommodation, the required RT-PCR COVID-19 test, and an Antigen Test Kit (ATK).

6. A Certificate of Vaccination (fully vaccinated).
• For those fully vaccinated, proof includes a Certificate of Vaccination with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) (see here) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) (see here) no less than 14 days before their travel date.
• and a Certificate of Vaccination with at least one dose of the approved vaccine at least 14 days before their travel date.
• Travellers under 12 years of age, travelling with their parents or guardians, are exempt from this vaccination requirement, but must have a Medical Certificate with an RT-PCR lab result indicating that COVID-19 is not detected issued no more than 72 hours before travelling.

7. Undergo the entry screening (health screening and Immigration procedures) upon arrival at Thailand’s International Airport, and submit all the required documentation to the officials.

8. Then proceed directly by the approved airport transfer to the pre-arranged COVID-19 test centre, or the reserved accommodation and undergo the required RT-PCR COVID-19 test on Day 0-1.
• Travellers must download and install the specified alert application (MorChana), and must wait within the accommodation only for the test result, which should be available within the day.

9. If testing negative for COVID-19, travellers can go anywhere in Thailand.
• Each traveller will receive an ATK that they have prepaid when booking the accommodation.
• Any traveller experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must immediately get a test done, using the provided ATK. If experiencing no symptoms, travellers must use the provided ATK for COVID-19 self-testing on Day 6-7, and show the result to staff at the hotel or accommodation, as well as record the result (bot detected and non-detected) in the MorChana App.
• Hotel/AQ staff must recommend that travellers self-monitor themselves for at least 7 days. If any traveller experiences COVID-19 symptoms, Hotel/AQ staff must immediately notify the officer in charge of communicable disease control in their respective area.

10. For travelling from Thailand to other countries, travellers are advised to follow the guidelines and measures announced by the respective country of their destination.

Read more: https://www.tatnews.org/2021/10/quarantine-free-thailand-reopening-for-vaccinated-tourists-from-1-november-2021/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=quarantine-free-thailand-reopening-for-vaccinated-tourists-from-1-november-2021

Source: TAT News

Vietnam accepts vaccine passports from 72 countries, territories

October 21, 2021

Vietnam AirportVietnam currently accepts Covid-19 vaccine passports from 72 countries and territories, and is discussing the issue with 80 others, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

“Vietnam is temporarily accepting the vaccination certificate forms, otherwise known as vaccine passports, from 72 countries and territories that have been recommended to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via representatives,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press meet.

She was responding to questions about Vietnam’s policies to let fully vaccinated foreigners enter the country.

“The ministry is also discussing with nearly 80 partners the acceptance of each other’s vaccine passports. Vietnam’s vaccination certificates have also been accepted by certain countries and can be used to enter those countries,” Hang said.

In September, Quang Ninh’s Van Don Airport welcomed several flights with vaccine passport holders on a trial basis, allowing hundreds of Vietnamese from the U.S., France and Japan to return to Vietnam. All passengers were fully vaccinated, in good health and had coronavirus negative results from tests done within 72 hours before their flights.

Under current rules, even those with vaccine passports have to undergo centralized quarantine for seven days.

Source: VN Express

Vietnam confirms 3,027 new local Covid-19 cases

October 19, 2021

Vietnam Covid-19 CasesThe Ministry of Health reported another 3,027 local Covid-19 patients in 49 cities and provinces Tuesday, down 132 from Monday.

The three localities with the highest numbers of cases are Ho Chi Minh City with 907, Binh Duong with 500 and Dong Nai with 371.

The new cases bring Vietnam’s Covid-19 tally since the start of the pandemic to 870,255, including 865,559 in the fourth wave, which hit the nation in late April.

The ministry also announced 75 Covid deaths, including 47 in HCMC and 11 in Binh Duong, raising the nation’s death toll to 21,344, including 21,309 in the fourth wave.

A total of 1,866 patients recovered on Tuesday, raising the number of recoveries to 794,846.

Of more than 54,000 patients under treatment, 3,522 are severe cases.

Over 46.5 million people have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot, in which 18.5 million people have been fully vaccinated.

Source: VN Express

Requirements for Travellers Entering Cambodia Revised

AKP Phnom Penh, October 17, 2021

Cambodia AirportThe Royal Government of Cambodia has decided to reopen the country step by step and revise the requirements for travelers entering the country in conformity with the New Normal norm.

According to the Ministry of Health’s announcement released last night, the revised requirements, especially on quarantine period, are applied for all travellers coming into Cambodia via all border gates.

For travellers fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a three-day quarantine is required for investors, technical staff, both Cambodians and foreigners, diplomatic officers, official cooperation projects’ officers, and civil servants returning from missions abroad (their family members are included), but a seven-day quarantine is needed for the general travellers either Cambodians or foreigners.

Those who have not yet inoculated or fully vaccinated, they have to be quarantined for 14 days.

Special regime will be applied to the government’s official guests and senior government officials returning from missions abroad in accordance with the decision of the Royal Government on each case.

Besides, all travellers are required to show relevant documents, and have their health checked and their sample taken for testing upon their arrival at any border gate.

The revised requirements will enter into force from Oct. 18 onwards, the announcement underlined.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)

Thailand’s Prime Minister on reopening country to vaccinated tourists

October 12, 2021

The Prime Minister of ThailandNational Address of the Prime Minister of Thailand

“THAILAND WILL WELCOME QUARANTINE-FREE VISITORS”

Monday 11 October, 2021.

1. “During the last weeks some of Thailand’s most important tourist source countries have begun to ease their travel restrictions on their citizens… With these developments, we must act quickly but still cautiously, and not miss the opportunity to entice some of the year-end and new year holiday season travelers during the next few months to support the many millions of people who earn a living from our tourism, travel and entertainment sectors as well as the many other related sectors.”

2. “I have instructed the CCSA and the Ministry of Public Health to urgently consider within this week to allow, as of 1st November, international visitors to enter Thailand without any requirement for quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and arrive by air from low-risk countries. Visitors will need to show that they are COVID-free at their time of travel with an RT-PCR test undertaken before they leave their home country, and do a test in Thailand. Initially, we will begin with at least 10 countries on our low-risk, no-quarantine list, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, China, and the United States of America, and enlarge that list by 1st December, and, by 1st of January, move to a very extensive list.”

3. “By 1st December, we will also consider allowing the consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants as well as the operation of entertainment venues.”

4. “I would like to recognise the extraordinary achievements of our public health workers, other officials and all citizens for their response to my appeal in June to ready the country for quarantine-free arrivals within 120 days.
• “After we adopted the 120-day goal, extraordinary efforts were made to increase our supply of vaccines, and deliveries jumped threefold, from around 4 million doses in May to almost 12 million arriving in July, then almost 14 million arriving in August, and now running at over 20 million a month until the end of the year, totaling over 170 million doses, far ahead of the goals I had set.
• Similarly, our public health staff worked tirelessly to accelerate vaccinations to support our 120-day goal, and the public gave great cooperation to register for vaccinations. As a result, our daily vaccinations shot up threefold in July, from around 80,000 doses a day in May, and kept increasing until Thailand rose to be among the fastest ten countries in the world for administering shots. We currently frequently administer more than 700,000 shots a day, and sometimes even exceeding one million shots a day.”

5. “…Our country was one of the first in the world to move quickly and decisively to confront the pandemic. With the collaboration of all sectors of society, and with everyone joining hands to face this crisis together, we have been among the most successful countries in the world in saving lives.

Read more: http://www.aseanthai.net/english/ewt_news.php?nid=4242&filename=index

Source: Asian Information Center

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