Swiss Cooperation Office and Consular Agency of Switzerland in Phnom Penh

The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok is responsible for Swiss citizens in Cambodia, with the support of the Swiss Consular Agency in Phnom Penh. For questions regarding the COVID-19 situation, please contact bangkok.cc@eda.admin.ch.

COVID-19: Information to Swiss citizens travelling or currently residing in Cambodia

We call on Swiss citizens currently travelling in the region to return to Switzerland as soon as possible. Otherwise, you risk being stranded in the country you are currently in in the near future.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the current outbreak can be described as a pandemic. There is a risk of infection with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in all regions of the world.

Since 16 March 2020, the Federal Council has been recommending that Swiss travellers abroad return home.

In order to facilitate the return of Swiss nationals travelling in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, Switzerland organized five repatriation flights to Zurich between 31 March and 5 April from Bangkok, Phuket, Phnom Penh, Yangon and a combined Bangkok-Vientiane flight. This means that the vast majority of Swiss tourists wishing to return home were able to do so. Switzerland has no plans to organize any further repatriation flights for the countries of the consular district covered by this Embassy (Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand).

Commercial flights

There are no direct flights to Europe from Phnom Penh. There are a few commercial flights from Phnom Penh to Europe via Seoul (Korean Air, Asiana Airlines).. If you hear of a flight, please double check with the airline company since we heard that many online travel agent websites are not updated with the latest restrictions.

In order to be able to take advantage of any flight opportunities, we recommend that you stay close to the Phnom Penh international airport which is still in operation.

If you are currently unable to purchase a return ticket due to financial difficulties, the Embassy can support you with emergency assistance, which you will have to reimburse once you return to Switzerland.

Travel Admin App (Itineris): Sign up!

Travel Admin App (Itineris): Sign up! If you are currently travelling in Cambodia as a tourist or on business (not for permanent residents), please register on the Swiss Travel Admin App (Itineris) so that the relevant Swiss Embassy can contact you if necessary. Please make sure that the dates of your trip are up to date. Once you have returned to Switzerland, please delete your trip from the application.

If despite all your efforts, you are unable to return to Switzerland, please contact the Regional Consular Centre in Bangkok bangkok.cc@eda.admin.ch. Although our capacity to assist you is limited, it is important for us to know where you are in order to provide you with all the necessary information. Should you need to travel from one province to another for urgent reasons, such as reaching Phnom Penh International Airport, or for medical reasons, our Embassy can issue you a "Laissez-Passer". This official document in Khmer and English should allow you to reach your destination despite the travel ban.

Extensions of visa

On 3 April 2020, the Cambodian government decided to grant automatic extension of tourist visa (Visa T) to foreign tourists who arrived in Cambodia after 1 January 2020, and who have not been able to return to their countries. Overstay fees will not be charged.

Entry into Cambodia

The following measures apply to ALL FOREIGNERS:

  • Suspension of visa exemption; suspension of issuance of tourist visa, e-visa and visa on arrival
  • Any foreign who wants to enter Cambodia must have the following documents (exception for foreigners holding diplomatic/official visa):

1. Obtain a prior visa from Cambodian missions abroad

2. Medical certificate certifying that he/she is not tested positive for COVID-19 (not more than 72h prior departure)

3. Proof of insurance policy that shows minimum medical coverage in the amount of not less than 50’000 USD.

  • After arrival in Cambodia by plane, all air passengers, both Cambodian and foreign nationals, will be tested for COVID-19 at a reception centre, and will have to stay there until the laboratory results are ready.
  • If one or more passengers are tested positive with COVID-19, other accompanying passengers will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine at a location designated by the Cambodian authorities.
  • All air passengers – if tested negative – will have to go through a 14-day self-isolation at their respective home under supervision of the local authorities and health officials. They will all have to take another COVID-19 test on the 13th day of self-isolation.

See also Note from the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, Cambodia, 27 May 2020.

Entry into Switzerland

The Federal Council has decided to impose controls on travel into Switzerland and to ban entry from all countries except Liechtenstein. More information for visa holders here.

Transit through Switzerland remains open for the time being.

State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) Questions concerning refusal of entry, free movement of persons and suspension of visas

Situation in Cambodia and restrictions related to COVID-19

Actively inform yourself about the instructions of the Government and the local media regarding the regularly changing restriction measures:

Remember that we are all guests in Cambodia. Please comply strictly with the instructions of the Cambodian authorities.

Hospitals:

If you have health problems or suspect a COVID-19 infection, contact the nearest provincial hospital or the “Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital” in Phnom Penh.

Functioning of the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok, Swiss Consular Agency in Phnom Penh

The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok is responsible for Swiss citizens in Cambodia, with the support of the Swiss Consular Agency in Phnom Penh.

For usual consular affairs, you can contact the Swiss Consular Agency in Phnom Penh: pnh.consularagency@eda.admin.ch.

For questions regarding the COVID-19 situation, contact directly the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok: bangkok.cc@eda.admin.ch.

Useful links regarding the COVID19 situation

Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) for the current situation and measures taken in Switzerland.

FOPH’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the new coronavirus

Travel Report of the FDFA, Focus Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), in French, German, and Italian.

Ministry of Health of Cambodia, Communicable Disease Control Department, for the current situation and measures taken in Cambodia (mostly in khmer).

News from the Government of Cambodia: “Fresh News” media

The EuroCham Cambodia’s website provides a good summary of the Government’s measures.

World Health Organization, WHO and WHO Cambodia

International Air Transport Association, IATA

Infoline Coronavirus: +41 58 463 00 00

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