Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Kingdom won’t ban inbound locals’

‘Kingdom won’t ban inbound locals’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Passengers arrive at the Phnom Penh International Airport on June 16. Heng Chivoan

‘Kingdom won’t ban inbound locals’

Even though 26 more Cambodians arriving from abroad tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, the government has declared that it will not ban its nationals from returning home.

The 26 included five students, 20 military trainees from Russia, and a 65-year-old man from South Korea said the Ministry of Health.

The infected were among 254 passengers in two flights – 144 travelling from Egypt, Russia and Malaysia and 110 from South Korea. The flights arrived in Cambodia on Sunday.

The infected passengers were sent to quarantine centres at the Air Force Base, Hun Sen Borey Muoyruoy Knong High School, and some hotels. The ministry said the new Covid-19 cases bring Cambodia’s total to 197.

Prime Minister Hun Sen told a gathering of farmers in Takeo that he was shocked to receive the news.

The government strengthened measures at airports on May 20, requiring passengers to be quarantined 14 days.

Hun Sen said he will not ban citizens from abroad as he did to the 100 from Malaysia in April even if cases continue, citing the government’s updated prevention methods.

“Our students abroad enter the Kingdom and this is how the virus is transmitted. If we do not take our citizens back to the Kingdom, where will they stay?

“We lacked prevention methods in our country before, so we requested our people in Malaysia to suspend their flight back to the Kingdom. But we sent money to our Embassy there for support and allowed them to return later,” he said.

During the upcoming holiday from August 17 to 21, people can travel to various tourism sites, but they have to avoid large gatherings. Covid-19 in the world is not getting better, while some counties are facing new waves, said Hun Sen.

“People who wear masks are getting it [Covid-19] less. Carelessness is a cause, and people will take trips this upcoming holiday. But they have to avoid large gatherings to prevent covid-19,” he said.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said the ministry will follow Hun Sen’s orders and help citizens return to the Kingdom.

“We will try harder to help citizens trapped abroad to return to the Kingdom while also preventing the transmission of Covid-19. It requires participation and practising quarantine and prevention measures,” she said.

MOST VIEWED

  • No payment required for travellers taking rapid Covid tests on arrival

    Ministry of Health officials said there would be no payment required for the rapid Covid-19 tests given to travellers who arrive in Cambodia from November 15 onwards after the quarantine requirement is lifted for fully vaccinated people. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Police arrest Canadian with 167kg of drugs

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 15 placed a Canadian national in pre-trial detention in connection with smuggling and possessing 167kg of illegal drugs. Deputy National Police chief in charge of anti-drug enforcement Mak Chito told The Post on November 15 that the man was arrested