Ban on travel lifted, mu­se­ums to re­open

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START­ING May 20, for­eign­ers from Iran, Italy, Ger­many, Spain, France and the US who were banned from en­ter­ing Cam­bo­dia since the novel coro­n­avirus broke out will be al­lowed to visit the King­dom as nor­mal. They were banned from en­ter­ing the King­dom since mid-March.

A Min­istr y of Health an­nounce­ment on trav­ellers read: “Please re­vise mea­sures to pre­vent, stop and re­spond to the Covid-19 pan­demic for all trav­ellers by air, road and wa­ter to en­ter Cam­bo­dia. Re­peal the ban on for­eign­ers.”

Its min­is­ter Mam Bun Heng said in the an­nounce­ment that even though all trav­ellers are al­lowed to en­ter Cam­bo­dia in­clud­ing Cam­bo­di­ans and for­eign­ers, they had to hold cer­tifi­cates con­firm­ing that they had no Covid-19.

The cer­tif icates are to be r e l e a s e d b y t he he a l t h aut hor it ies recog nised by t he gover n ments of each countr y within 72 hours of ar­riv ing in Cam­bo­dia.

He said for­eign­ers must have health in­sur­ance doc­u­men­ta­tion of at least $50,000 while stay­ing in Cam­bo­dia and must ad­here to the gov­ern­ment’s mea­sures.

“All trav­ellers, in­clud­ing Cam­bo­di­ans and for­eign­ers who ar­rive in Cam­bo­dia must be sent to wait­ing rooms to test for Covid-19 and wait for a re­sult from the Pas­teur In­sti­tute. In case one or many trav­ellers are de­tected with Covid-19, other pas­sen­gers

on the same trip must be quar­an­tined for 14 days.

“If re­sults prove pos­i­tive, Covid-19 pas­sen­gers are al­lowed to be quar­an­tined for 14 days at their homes under the mon­i­tor­ing of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and health of­fi­cials, and they are re­quired to be tested again on day 13 of the quar­an­tine,” he said.

The min­istry has also de­cided to re­open more than 30 mu­se­ums across the coun­try for na­tional and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors start­ing next month, once hy­giene mea­sures are im­ple­mented.

A no­tice re­leased by the min­istry to Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sack­ona on Wed­nes­day said the de­ci­sion was made af­ter it was ap­proved by Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen. The reopening of mu­se­ums is in­tended to re­duce so­cio-eco­nomic im­pacts.

The hea lt h min­ist r y a lso adv ised t he Min­istr y of Cul­ture and Fine Arts that be­fore re­open i ng museu ms, t hey had to set up pro­tec­tive mea­sures to avoid t he risk of peo­ple trans­mit­ting Covid-19.

“Be­fore vis­it­ing [mu­se­ums], vis­i­tors will have their tem­per­a­tures checked. They must wash their hands with alcohol or use hand sani­tiser gel and they have to main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing and wear face­masks.

“All in­di­vid­u­als have to prac­tice the mea­sures. Any vis­i­tor or in­di­vid­ual who has health prob­lems or is sus­pected of [Covid19] are not al­lowed to visit mu­se­ums,” the no­tice read.

Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Fine Arts Phoe­ung Sakona said her min­istry would is­sue an ad­di­tional an­nounce­ment around the open­ing of the mu­se­ums for rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions.

With some con­cern over the dis­ease, she said the min­istry has al­ready pre­pared some poli­cies for san­i­ta­tion, ad­vice and re­lated ma­te­ri­als to fight and pre­vent the dis­ease be­cause, dur­ing the tem­po­rary clo­sure, all of­fi­cials worked nor­mally.

“The health min­istry has ad­vised open­ing [mu­se­ums], mean­ing [we] must take care and al­ways be cau­tious. Keep­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing for vis­i­tors or of­fi­cials at the mu­se­ums, along with pre­ven­tive mea­sures which must be prac­tised con­stantly,” she said.

Sakona said Cam­bo­dia has 31 mu­se­ums nat i on­wide in­clud­ing 29 state-run and two pri­vate ones that are of­fi­cially reg­is­tered. She hopes that more lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors go to the mu­se­ums when they open.


Mu­se­ums across the coun­try are set to re­open.

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