Cambodia is preparing to reopen its borders to international tourists, with visitors from China and South Korea among those to be targeted initially.
According to local media reports, Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to announce a reopening to international travel imminently after Cambodia’s Minister of Tourism, Thong Khon, this week told regional airline Sky Angkor Airline Co Ltd to be ready to resume flights.
Any visitors must undergo a seven-day quarantine upon arrival.
Sky Angkor’s CEO is preparing discussions with tour agencies in China and South Korea, according to The Phnom Penh Post. The airline traditionally operates flights to and from mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, India and Taiwan, and domestically from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
International tourist arrivals into Cambodia’s three international airports are down 92.5% year-on-year for the first seven months of 2021, with 43,909 of the Kingdom’s total 51,729 arrivals in that time landing in the capital city.
At its peak, Cambodia welcomed 6.6 million tourist arrivals in 2019.