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More than 1,800 passengers arrive on eight international flights

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Health Ministry officials scan new arrivals’ body temperatures at the Phnom Penh International Airport. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Eight International flights carrying about 1,880 passengers landed in the Kingdom late last night.

Cambodia Air communications and public relations director Khek Norinda said earlier yesterday four flights would land in Phnom Penh and one in Sihanoukville.

“These flight operations have been maintained despite the COVID-19 situation, so it is not a restart of activities at the airports,” he said. “We are expecting around 1,800 passengers.”

“We don’t have the figures about three other international flights [from Seoul, Manila and Beijing] which will land later tonight,” he added.
Mr Khek stressed that the number of passengers arriving on Wednesday is in reality a 93 percent drop compared to the same day last year.
Sao Wathana, director of the Phnom Penh International Airport, said yesterday the flights would come in from China, South Korea and the Philippines.

“We can’t calculate the number of passengers until they have completed arrival procedures because despite being booked in, sometimes passengers do not come,” he said.

Chea Aun, spokesman of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, said yesterday that all passengers arriving in Cambodia must undergo mandatory quarantine and testing in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“There are now about 200 to 300 passengers entering Cambodia per day,” he said. “After Cambodia lifted the ban on people from six countries, we have seen an increase of between 20 and 300 passengers per day,” he said.

“When passengers arrive, they will be brought to the quarantine centre within 24 hours to take their samples for testing. If the result comes out negative for COVID-19, we will allow them to self-quarantine at their respective homes,” Mr Aun added.

The mandatory measures come after Cambodia identified two new cases of COVID-19, both of whom flew in from overseas via South Korea.

All foreigners are also required to have health certificates issued no longer than 72 hours before flying to confirm that they are free of coronavirus and they need a minimum of $50,000 in health insurance to enter the Kingdom.

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