Cambodia Reopening Is Propelled by Vaccination


Cambodia opened its doors to fully vaccinated travelers from outside without quarantine this week, following a statewide effort that achieved one of the world’s highest vaccination rates.

National Guard personnel who refuse to take the vaccination face discipline, according to the US Army secretary. As federal authorities explore permitting petitions for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna boosters to be permitted for all adults, more states are expanding access to boosters to anybody 18 or older.

Desperate tourism operators and employees, who have battled to make a livelihood since the outbreak began, applauded the action.

In past month, the Southeast Asian country of 16 million people announced intentions to allow fully vaccinated international visitors to enter the country by the end of November if they first quarantined for five days in designated zones.

However, Prime Minister Hun Sen hastened that plan, noting the quick speed of inoculations and an 88 percent vaccination rate, and declared that fully vaccinated visitors may enter without quarantine as of Monday.

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The completely vaccination rate was set at 88 percent by the prime minister, based on a population of 16 million, whereas the number was put at 80 percent by the New York Times database, based on a population of almost 16.5 million.

A third dosage has been administered to almost two million people. Approximately 90% of Cambodia’s vaccinations originated from China, including more than 9 million doses of Sinovac and over 4 million doses of Sinopharm.

Travelers travelling from overseas can avoid quarantine provided they are completely vaccinated, test negative for the virus before leaving, and test negative again upon arrival, according to the new criteria. Travelers who have not been immunized must still stay under quarantine for 14 days.

Cambodia, like many of its neighbors, recorded comparatively few viral infections in 2020, but experienced a lethal increase this year. Nonetheless, its overall numbers have remained relatively modest, with around 120,000 cases and 2,900 fatalities.

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