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Cambodia has reopened – but travellers have to pay a $3,000 deposit

Fees and any treatment costs including a mandatory Covid-19 test on arrival will be deducted from the total

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver

In a bid to revitalise their struggling tourism industries, many major destinations are going all-out to incentivise travellers to return to their shores over the coming weeks and months. 

Iceland is paying for you to be tested on arrival. Sicily has pledged to subsidise your flights and accommodation. And Cyprus has said it will refund your holiday if you catch Covid-19

Cambodia, however, is taking a very different approach. The south-east Asian country started reopening its borders in late May, but since June 11, it’s also been asking travellers to pay a $3,000 (£2,420, A$4,340) deposit to cover any ’rona-related costs they might rack up while on holiday.

The deposit must be paid in cash or by credit card once you land. The country’s health ministry said a mandatory test would also be conducted on arrival at a cost of $165 (£130, A$240), to be deducted from your deposit. (This covers $100 for the test itself, $5 for transport to the testing centre, and $60 for three meals and a night in a hotel while you wait 24 hours for the results.)

The government has published a comprehensive list of other fees and treatment costs visitors may incur. It should be noted that if just one person on a flight tests positive, all other passengers will have to quarantine for 14 days at a cost of $1,280 (£1,030, A$1,850) per head (to cover accommodation, meals, laundry and medical services).

For every passenger who tests positive, each night spent in hospital will come to $330 (£265, A$480). And because the total expense will then exceed $3,000, the country is also requiring travellers provide proof of valid health insurance valued at a minimum of $50,000 (£40,000, A$72,000) to cover any additional costs.

The ministry also notes that if a visitor to the country were to die from Covid-19, $1,500 (£1,200, A$2,200) would be deducted from the deposit or claimed from insurance. 

So in other words: unless you have really deep pockets, something tells us it might be worth waiting for these measures to be lifted before jumping on the next flight to Siem Reap.

Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.

When will you be able to travel again? Here’s what we know so far. 

Where can you go on holiday right now? These are all the countries that have already reopened their borders.

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