Cambodia Travel Advice and Advisories for 2020
Initially, Cambodia appeared to have been spared from the Coronavirus. Confirmed cases have been traced back to travelers from outside the country. The number of cases is currently very low compared to the rest of the world with no reported local clusters yet. Being proactive, government officials have started taking precautions in line with WHO guidelines: they have temporarily shut down schools, nightclubs, and movie theaters. As for us, our staff is practicing social distancing.
Within the last month, we have been busy making sure all our clients on the ground are still having their best and safest experience possible. It was difficult to predict whether the country would resort to a complete lockdown or simply restrict popular sites and areas without any notice. On the bright side, some of our guests have never seen Angkor Wat this empty! As our guides and partners kept us updated on various landmarks being opened or closed, we adjusted itineraries and accommodated changes to their return flights home.
As the main cultural sites around Phnom Penh are currently closed until further notice, we hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying quality time with their loved ones. While all of us wait for this virus to pass, we thank you for your continued support, patience, and confidence in Khiri Cambodia. For clients that would like to change or postpone their travel plans, we will not be charging any fees directly from Khiri Travel and appreciate the flexibility of our trusted suppliers.
While the Kingdom of Cambodia is ramping up its response, the government is enacting border controls and travel advisories for high-risk countries. As these travel bans change quite frequently, we apologize for any inconvenience that these restrictions may cause for our valued partners and clients. While Covid-19 is having an unprecedented impact on the global travel and hospitality industry, the government is making appropriate preparations and ensuring everyone’s safety is their number one priority. Seeing how things can escalate quickly in other countries, the ministry of health is designating certain schools, in every province, as quick response centers: regardless of it being in a rural town or in a big city, everyone here has access to proper care and treatment.
Along with aid from China supplying many of our healthcare workers extra medical supplies, we remain in high spirits that Cambodia will get through this. As a nation that has seen its fair share of hardship, we are a country full of hardworking, resilient people that believes in a brighter tomorrow.
With our current downtime, we are making the best of this situation and strengthening our team with further training. Certainly not resting on our laurels, we have planned workshops touching upon localized marketing and understanding the guest experience. Our support team will have refresher courses in customer care and online communication. As the dust settles, we want to be ready to better welcome our clients to the Kingdom of Wonder.