Cambodia halts entry and exit for most Vietnamese citizens

VOV.VN - Cambodia has decided to temporarily suspend the entry and exit of Vietnamese citizens who are employees and experts of Vietnamese companies operating in the neighbouring country for a period of one month, starting from July 18.

The decision was taken on July 13 following the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issuing an announcement to Vietnamese agencies regarding the widespread transmission of the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This move falls in line with the strict requirements of both nation’s COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

The latest announcement states that this regulation will not apply to patients who wish to travel to Vietnam to receive treatment, diplomats, and state employees performing their duties at the invitation of the two governments. This is in addition to trainees and students who have completed academic programmes or who have been involved in special missions authorised by either government.

With regard to employees and experts of Vietnamese companies who have entered the neighbouring country, even those who have finished their isolation period and are in quarantine are not allowed to return home due to the current temporary suspension placed on acts of entry and exit.

Most notably, Cambodia appreciates Vietnamese sympathy regarding their need to implement these temporary measures. They therefore request that competent agencies from the two countries work closely to promote cross-border freight transport, while also fully complying with the pandemic prevention measures of both countries, the communique said.

The temporary entry restriction measures into Cambodia are set out in diplomatic note 734 dated March 27, 2020, along with other measures which remain valid.