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28th, November 2021
Cambodia, Vietnam agree to promote safe vaccination tourism in all spheres
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Cambodia and Vietnam officals shared information and experiences on the situation of Covid-19, the response of the tourism sector to the spread of Covid-19 and their respective international tourism plans. The two sides also reviewed plans for action to promote mutual tourism, as well as evaluated the results of past bilateral cooperation.

At the meeting, the two countries agreed to promote safe vaccination tourism, focusing on:

1. Encourage the resumption of tourism between the two countries by all means of transportation (land, sea, air), including
– Re-launch VN Airlines and Cambodia Angkor Air flights
– Continue to promote self-driving tourism with emphasis on safe travel

2. Prepare to connect the two countries’ tourist ports by urging the private sector of the two countries to study the connection quickly and efficiently.

3. Promoting and studying joint markets under the theme “Two countries, one goal” at various international events Consider promoting tourism to three countries: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam at World Travel Market 2022 in London and Dubai Expo 2022 in Dubai under the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Cooperation (CLV).

4. Vietnam will continue to promote as well as encourage its public and private sectors to participate in the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 (ATF 2022) to be held in January 2022 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

5. Encourage the organization of tourism promotion events in 2022 to celebrate the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Vietnam

6. Collaborate and exchange experiences for tourism promotion in the 31st SEA Games, which Vietnam will host in 2022 and Cambodia, which will host the 32nd SEA Games in 2023.
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27th, November 2021
Four Thai-Cambodia border checkpoins plan to reopened December 16.
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Four permanent border crossing checkpoints at Banteay Meanchey’s Poipet International, Malai and Boeung Trakoun, and for Battambang province, the Kilo 13 International border in Sampov Loun district could be reopened by December 16.

This however is dependent on the joint decision by the Cambodian Government and Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

This date was tentatively set at a meeting on Thursday between Sa Kaew, Banteay Meanchey and Phra Tabong governors.
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26th, November 2021
Phnom Penh-Preah Sihanouk Expressway close to completion
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The construction of the expressway from Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk is close to completion and according reports is progressing faster than expected.

The construction of the expressway has reached 69.93 percent of the completion. This was confirmed by the Director of the Department of Information Technology and Public Relations and spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Heang Sotheayut.

The Director stated that the negotiations are in the works to invest in the road to allow people to use the road in a test drive to see the conditions of the road before it is open to the public. The Director stated that if the negotiations are approved by the Chinese investment side, the road may be open for a test drive by the end of 2022.
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25th, November 2021
Siem Reap International Airport ready to welcome vaccinated international tourists
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Siem Reap International Airport is ready to welcome foreign tourists fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Mr. Bun Ratha, Manager of Siem Reap International Airport, affirmed the readiness in a meeting to discuss the application of standard operating procedure (SOP) to welcome vaccinated tourists on Nov. 24.

Ensuring the safety of tourists is not only to enhance hospitality services but also to maintain the value and honour of the nation, he said.
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25th, November 2021
About 300 factory workers gathered to protest in front of work place
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Workers from a garment factory blocked gathered in droves to protest in front of their workplace. The protest erupted in front of the Xinhao Sun Garment Factory located in St. 371, Village 4, Sangkat Stung Meanchey 3, Khan Meanchey.

The protest erupted over the termination of the employment of the worker representative by the factory owner. The workers came to the protest and listed their demands to the factory owner.

The demands listed by the workers included: end of the year claim, seniority pays, maternity pays, proper implementation of the labour laws, and the instalment of a workers’ representative.

During the protest, no company representative met with the workers to negotiate with them. Workers stated that neither the factory owner or representative met with them to listen to their demands.

A worker told local reporters that if their demands are not, they will continue to protest.
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24th, November 2021
Adjustment of Travel Conditions, Implementation of Health Measures and Quarantine in Cambodia for Travellers Entering Cambodia in the New Normalcy Context
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Being revised travel conditions, implementation of health measures and the quarantine in Cambodia for travelers entering Cambodia in accordance with the new normalcy as followings:

1. Travelers injected completed Covid-19 vaccine must bring complete Covid-19 vaccination certificate or certificate confirming the Negative Covid-19 (PCR test) in the 72 hours before arriving in Cambodia, recognised by the health authorities of the country concerned or last visited country before leaving for Cambodia.

Upon the arrival in Cambodia, traveller must be done the rapid test at the checkpoint of the country and have to wait for the results of this test. After receiving a negative Covid-19 test result, the individual is not required to do the quarantine and can travel freely throughout Cambodia. In case of getting a positive Covid-19 test result, the patient can be referred for treatment or referred to a clinic authorised by the Ministry of Health.

2. For travellers who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have not been vaccinated complete basic dose of Covid-19 vaccine entering to Cambodia, they are required to do the rapid test for the antigen Covid-19 (Rapid Test) at the entrance of the country and need to wait for the test results. After receiving a negative Covid-19 test result, the individual is required to have a 14- day quarantine at a designated facility or by the Ministry of Health or the competent authority and individual must be tested by PCR test machine on the 13th day of the quarantine.

If individual is found positive, the patient may be referred for treatment or referred to an authorised clinic by the Ministry of Health. Passengers are required to have a hotel reservation document for the quarantine. In case of no hotel booking, they must prepare $ 2,000 in cash (for foreign travelers) to deposit at the entrance of Cambodia to guarantee the cost during the quarantine upon the arrival in Cambodia.

3. In case they need visa to travel to Cambodia, the traveller must apply for a valid visa in accordance with the procedures of the Immigration Law from the Cambodian Embassy or from the Cambodian Consulate. Visa applications must be made prior to departure to Cambodia, as the Royal Government of Cambodia does not yet allow Visa on Arrival. Passengers holding a passport of a country that does not require a visa can travel to Cambodia without applying for a visa.

4. Responsibility for the treatment of Covid-19 for foreign passengers:

4.1. For foreign passengers (except diplomats and Officials implementing official Cooperation Projects holding Diplomatic Visas (Visa A) and Official Visas (Visa B) and family) and must be responsible for the treatment of Covid-19 infection or other illnesses.

4.2. Foreign Travellers are encouraged to purchase Covid-19 Health Insurance (COVID-19 Health Insurance Policy) which can be purchased from the insurance consortium in Cambodia represented by Forte Insurance through the website
https://www.forteinsurance.com/covid-19-insurance/

5. Passengers who have been vaccinated complete dose of Covid-19 vaccine and being quarantined in quarantine centers, hotels or homes across the country shall be allowed to end the quarantine if they are found negative of antigen Covid-19 test result (Rapid Test).
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24th, November 2021
Chapter closed: PM confident no new outbreak will cause shutdown again
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Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday expressed confidence that the reopening of the country will not lead to an outbreak as had happened in the past.

Mr Hun Sen said this in his speech during the inauguration of the Cambodia-China Stung Trang-Krouch Chhmar Friendship Bridge in Kampong Cham province.

He said said that the reopening of the country now is not a setback and “we are moving forward to improve and recover the country”.

“Covid-19 and its variants have taught us many valuable lessons and it pushed us to where we are today amid the reopening the country,” he said.

“I cannot allow for my people to die or live miserably and suffer from time to time because of Covid-19. However, I am confident that reopening country this time is not a setback while I am also confident that we won’t have another outbreak like the previous time,” he added.

“Vaccines have given the nation hope to fight against the deadly virus and there are many types being made. However, some of them were not available for purchasing. Ultimately I chose to rely on China for supplying Covid-19 vaccines,”

“We purchased about 28 million vaccines while China donated about two million doses of vaccine to Cambodia too. Meanwhile, China also promised to supply vaccines as long as the Kingdom has Covid-19,” Mr Hun Sen said.
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23rd, November 2021
Toul Kork Condo Raid Sees Chinese Arrested
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The Police Department of the Ministry of Interior, in cooperation with the Tuol Kork District Police Force, besieged a condominium building located along Street 261 in Sangkat Toek Laak I, Khan Toul Kork, Phnom Penh at 4:20 PM on November 23, 2021. Authorities have not yet said what crime had been committed. NKD

A Chinese source claims several Chinese nationals (at least 10) have been arrested. Updates to follow.
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23rd, November 2021
Road in Kandal collapses into river
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A road by the river in Kandal province collapsed into the river and caused panic among villagers.

According to certain residents, the road collapse is allegedly caused by sand dredging in the area. The residents stated that the sand dredging area has been going on for years and people have been complaining that road might collapse if the sand dredging continues.

The villagers have warned travellers, especially those travelling car, that they would have to reroute due to the damage.
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23rd, November 2021
Cambodia recovers quickly after COVID-19 pandemic
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Nine months after the February 20 community event, COVID-19 in Cambodia has been brought under control and the country is fully reopening in almost all sectors.

Vaccines have played a major role in driving the Kingdom to the point where it can re-open. It took a great effort from the government, as well as the people, to ensure the success of the inoculation campaign against COVID-19. Cambodia is well known internationally because of this success.
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22nd, November 2021
Chinese In Court After 99 Thai Online Workers Rescued
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Representatives of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court opened an investigation into the case of 3 Chinese nationals sent to the court “related to the detention of 99 Thais” after they were allegedly cheated by a broker and forced to work for an online company in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.

A spokesman for the National Police on the afternoon of November 21, confirmed that the three Chinese nationals would be sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after they were found to be involved in the crime.

The three defendants *so far unnamed* are currently in the process of being investigated by the prosecution, waiting for the charges to be sent to the investigating judge for further proceedings.
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22nd, November 2021
Cambodia ready to receive vaccinated foreign tourists after successful Water Festival
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Cambodia is ready to welcome international visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 based on the good tourist movement management during the Water Festival holiday in the past three days.

The remarks were made by the Minister of Tourism, stressing that this is a key prerequisite for receiving vaccinated international tourists with safety.

H.E. Minister noted changes in attitude of tourists. They turned to use related services of local businesses such as hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants, instead of bringing food along with them as in the past holidays, he added.

He reaffirmed the ministry’s commitment to continue to strengthen the tourism safety rules, SOP and other necessary measures to promote the tourism sector in the New Normal. AKP
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21st, November 2021
At least 22 dead in traffic accidents during Water Festival
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At least 22 people were killed and 44 injured in traffic accidents during the three days of the Royal Water Festival from the 18th – November 20, 2021.

The number of injured decreased by 9 with 53 people injured last year

The causes of traffic accidents include: 17 cases of speeding, 4 cases of disrespect, 4 cases of not following the right, 3 cases of collision, 3 cases of turning and 2 cases of drunk driving.
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21st, November 2021
Shooting In Poipet Casino, Thais Detained
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According to the source, Thai nationals were involved and the shooting took place after they got into an argument and police officers intervened. According to preliminary reports, a police officer was also injured in the incident, but it is not yet known how many people were hurt.

According to sources at the scene more than 10 people were injured in this incident, and the Poipet City Police arrested at least one Thai national and sent him to the Poipet City Gendarmerie for questioning.

The source added that the perpetrators threw bottles at the military and fired at the police, injuring more three people.

One soldier/police was shot in the cheek and jaw, seriously injuring him, so the police decided to shoot several bullets to suppress the situation. As a result, the authorities arrested 15 of these perpetrators and are continuing to search for the following troublemakers.
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18th November, 2021
Canada and ASEAN enter free trade agreement negotiations.
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World’s second largest nation and ASEAN enter free trade agreement negotiations ASEAN member state economies represent Canada’s sixth-largest trading partner (2020).

In 2020, merchandise trade between Canada and ASEAN reached $26.7 billion and there is potential remaining to significantly enhance the relationship (An additional “two cents” here. Canada is ASEAN’s 15th largest trading partner, ergo lots of potential seen for closing that trade deficit).

According to the 2018 Joint Feasibility Study for a Canada-ASEAN FTA, the economic modelling projects that an FTA could increase Canada’s GDP by $3.41 billion and boost exports to ASEAN countries to $3.58 billion.

In order to enhance commercial relations and strengthen its presence in this fast-growing market, Canada is committed to negotiating a comprehensive FTA with ASEAN.
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17th, November 2021
Dying for a drink: Some in quarantine mixing sanitisers with juice to get high
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The ban on alcohol consumption at quarantine centres for returning migrant workers has taken a sinister and deadly turn.

Desperate to get high, some die-hard drinkers or drug addicts are resorting to mixing hand sanitisers with juice in an attempt to concoct an alcoholic drink.

As a result, some have had to be hospitalised and a few of them died.
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17th, November 2021
Hidden loot: more guns and ammunition continue to be discovered
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A senior official of the National Police reported that more hidden guns and ammunitions were discovered by authorities in Battambang.

The authorities have so far found a total of fifty-three firearms in two separate occasions. Police officers are currently searching for the owners of the cache of weapons.
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16th, November 2021
COVID health insurance no longer needed for travellers to Cambodia
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Ministry of Tourism told Khmer Times yesterday that all the requirements in the former procedures of Vaccination Tourism are no longer valid for both vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists, including the Health Insurance policy.

“The requirement now is just PCR test results 72 hours before boarding a flight to show that the passenger is negative for Covid-19. Then a rapid antigen test at the airport upon arrival, and no quarantine for those who are vaccinated.

As for the unvaccinated, he said, all are the same except that they need to be quarantined for 14 days and will be released only when the final tests show negative for Covid-19.

Tourists need not show their Covid-19 vaccination card or status when entering or exiting restaurants, malls, and other places.
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16th, November 2021
Daughter Searching For Missing Korean Man
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A Korean woman announced a search for her father JUNG DAE WOONG, 67 years old, who went missing at 6:50 pm on November 15, 2021 near Borey Piphop Thmey, Wat Samrong Andet, Khan Sen Sok, Phnom Penh.

The Korean woman stated that her father was 1.63 meters tall and weighed about 65 kilograms (as in the picture) and is suffering from dementia. If anyone sees him, please contact 092 980 124 or 017 55 65 44.
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15th, November 2021
Four illegal gambling locations raided by police
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Officers from the Daun Penh District Unity Command cracked down on four gambling locations in the district.

The officers conducted investigations and crackdowns in Srah Chak Commune, Sangkat Srah Chak, Daun Penh. The investigations and resulting crackdowns were done after residents tipped the authorities of the illegal activity.

Authorities closed the gambling sites and confiscated technologies used for gambling.
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15th, November 2021
King arrives in Phnom Penh after UNESCO conference
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King Norodom Sihamoni arrived at the Phnom Penh International Airport today after attending the 41st General Conference of UNESCO in France.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, National Assembly president Heng Samrin and Senate president Say Chhum greeted the King at the airport this morning.

The King flew to Paris on November 10 and on Friday, he delivered the speech at the official opening ceremony of the General Conference which centred on the crucial achievements of UNESCO in Cambodia.
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15th, November 2021
Canadian Passport Holder Caught In Major Drugs Bust
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The General Commission of the National Police, from October 27 to November 10, 2021, the Department of Anti-Drug Crimes (A1) investigated and cracked down on criminals storing and transporting drugs across the border. Three different targets were searched.

1- In Trapeang Svay Khmounh, SenSok
2 – Room 4121 Diamond Island condo near Tonle Bassac
3. In 13AD and 13AE Condo Street 302 Boeung Keng .

A suspect named FU YONG QING, male, with Canadian nationality, was detained with a total of 167 kg, 475.43 grams, a handgun with 6 bullets, scales, a car and some other materials were taken away.

The suspect will be sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court according to the procedure.
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14th November, 2021
Cambodia allows fully vaccinated tourists
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Cambodia allows vaccinated tourists – What has been announced?

On November 14th the PM announced that all visitors who have received a full vaccine dose could not only enter the country, but would be able to travel freely thereafter.

Visitors and residents would still need to take a PCR test on arrival, but would be allowed to either wait at home, for residents, or at a hotel for those travelling as tourists. Providing the PCR test comes back negative you are free and easy!
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14th November, 2021
More than 13.2 million Cambodians have completed their two dose course of COVID-19 vaccine
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According to an official from the Unity Command, the operation to crackdown on the gambling locations was executed on November 13. The officers conducted investigations and crackdowns in Srah Chak Commune, Sangkat Srah Chak, Daun Penh. The investigations and resulting crackdowns were done after residents tipped the authorities of the illegal activity.
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13th November, 2021
One dead in train collision
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A person was killed when a train collided with the motorcycle in Preah Sihanouk. The accident happened at 3:45 p.m. on November 12.

According to reports from the scene, the train was travelling from Phnom Penh and rammed into the motorcycle. The victim was announced to have been killed on impact.
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13th November, 2021
More High Quality Weapons Found Hidden In Battambang
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Authorities closed the gambling sites and confiscated technologies used for gambling. The first location is at House no. 53 and 54, Srah Chak Commune, Khan Daun Penh. Authorities confiscated 27 computers and 27 monitors.
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12th, November 2021
Where can you travel to from Cambodia during Covid-19?
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Exactly what has been announced?
Vaccinated investors and business people with invitation letters traveling to Cambodia will now only have to endure a 3 day quarantine instead of the 14 day affair that has been in place for some time now. Unvaccinated business travellers will still be on the hook for the full 14 days.

Phnom Penh Residents must show vax cards
If you’re not vaccinated, you may be barred entry to many PP businesses.
As noted by the Cambodian Investment Review visitors will still have to obtain a visa to enter Cambodia with guarantees or invitation letters in hand from a local partner who is a properly registered, tax playing legal entity in Cambodia.

Does entry into Cambodia still require a $2000 deposit?
Yup..it sure does. No changes there but with the shorter quarantine period one would hope to see a larger refund than visitors under the 14 day regime were receiving.

You can read Cambodian Investment Reviews’ full article here

Cambodia Reduces Quarantine? How do tourists fit into this change?
As of right now? They don’t. The changes are being made to get the folks with the money bags and promises of FDI into the country to spread some of that around, hopefully keeping hotels and restaurants busier as they do.

So, while this is obviously good news in the overall scheme of opening up the Kingdom, it is still a much more cautious approach than Thailand’s, which is planning to fully open to vaccinated tourists from 10 countries on November 1st.

I am on a business visa, can I now travel abroad?
This is where the rules seem to be a little opaque to say the least. It would appear if you are legally employed by a Cambodian company and travel for business, then you would only need to quarantine for 3 days on your return to the country.

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12th, November 2021
Raptor Driver Runs After Road 4 Crash Kills Three
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Raptor Driver Runs After Road 4 Crash Kills Three
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11th, November 2021
Denver museum to return looted relics to Cambodia after US moves to seize them
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Decades after they were hacked from temples and other historical sites, four ancient statues from the Denver Museum of Art are finally heading home.

The museum has agreed to turn over the relics to the U.S. government, which plans to return them to their native Cambodia, according to a forfeiture complaint filed Monday in the Southern District of New York’s federal court. The items include a likeness of the goddess of transcendent wisdom called the Prajnaparamita and another of the sun god Surya.
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10th, November 2021
Viet Nam flights to Cambodia, 14 countries and territories to resume in first quarter of 2022
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Viet Nam’s Ministry of Transport on Monday asked for the Prime Minister’s approval on the three-phased resumption of regular international flights to Viet Nam, with the first phase starting in the first quarter of next year. This includes Cambodia.

Under the ministry’s proposal, Vietnamese and foreigners from 15 countries and territories – China, Hong Kong (China), Japan, South Korea, Taiwan (China), Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, France, Germany, Russia, UK and Australia – will be able to enter Việt Nam without special permission, with immigration and health documents.

According to the ministry, the selected countries/territories now have higher COVID-19 vaccination coverage than Việt Nam. People from such areas are allowed to enter Việt Nam with a combo package that covers all expenses including air fares, quarantine fees and COVID testing, or under a pilot programme for foreign tourists to several localities in Việt Nam.
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10th, November 2021
Man Killed By Wild Elephant On Thai Border
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Preliminary reports from the Thai border area say that a man was killed by a wild elephant at around midnight on November 8, 2021, Battambang Province.

No official source has confirmed the victim’s identity, but according to reports, the victim was a 22-year-old man. A motorcycle belonging to the victim was found smashed near the body. Thai authorities concluded that the victim hit an elephant in the dark, then the elephant trampled him to death. Near the scene there were footprints of an elephant which may have come from the forest to eat pineapples planted in the nearby fields.
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10th, November 2021
Cambodia to face extreme weather from today to November 19
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The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology confirmed that from November 10 to 19, Cambodia will be affected by high pressure from China and some areas will receive light to moderate rain.

The ministry said that such a situation would cause the provinces in the central lowlands to have a minimum temperature of 21-23 degrees Celsius and a maximum temperature. 27-29 degrees Celsius.

There may be light to heavy thundershowers, especially in Svay Rieng, Prey Veng, Kandal, Takeo, Kampong Thom, Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang and Phnom Penh.
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9th, November 2021
Cambodia to celebrate 68th Independence Day today
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Cambodia is set to celebrate the 68th anniversary of national independence from France today (1953-2021), under the royal presidency of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia.

On the occasion, the monarch will light the “victory flame” at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, which will be kept burning for three days.

High-ranking officials will participate in the ceremony with a crowd of Phnom Penh residents and students in attendance.
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9th, November 2021
Kinders closed: Education Ministry orders closure of kindergartens
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The Ministry of Education has ordered all kindergartens to close till further announcement due to children below five years of age being unvaccinated against Covid-19.


The directive comes just hours after Prime Minister Hun Sen in his speech at the inauguration of the Ministry of Land Management’s New Office Building yesterday said, “I don’t recommend all kindergartens to reopen yet. It has matters that it should not do so.”

“Since the kindergarten level has children below 5 years of age, they are unvaccinated and are not under the category to get vaccinated yet. We need to hang on and we should do it step by step. Don’t be too fast,” he added.
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9th, November 2021
Foreign Man Causes Ruckus In Bassac Lane Bar
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A drunk foreigner caused problems in a bar on the corner of Street 308 and Street 21 (Bassac Lane) in Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh.

According to the business owner, before the incident, the foreign man- who spoke English and French- was drunk and ordered some beer. He began touching female employees and was asked to leave his shop. Refusing to go, the man became violent and began throwing things like glasses and cups.

Two other foreigners came to help the foreigner, thinking that he was the victim was being attacked by the staff. The man refused their help and the foreigners began to push each other. The other men became angry and pushed the trouble maker to the ground, causing his left cheek to bruise.
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8th, November 2021
Nightclubs and KTVs cannot open until 30th of November at earliest but weddings permitted
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Speaking today at the opening of the new $28 million office building of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, PM Hun Sen has made a far reaching speech discussing, amongst other topics, further developments in the ‘reopening’ of Cambodia

Stating that ‘COVID-19 can destroy life but can not destroy the progress of Cambodia’, the PM said that the decision on the opening of discos and KTVs must wait until November 30.

The PM stated: “Karaoke, discotheque and bar must wait till after November 30. I decided last night at the request of His Excellency Aun Porn Moniroth, who chaired the meeting led by His Excellency Mam Bun Heng, because if it opens too fast, there may be problems. ”
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8th, November 2021
Tip of the iceberg: More than 500 pregnant women died of C-19 complications
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At least 560 unvaccinated pregnant women were believed to be among the 2,829 Covid-19 deaths reported in Cambodia.

The Ministry of Health spokesman is of the belief that this could be just the tip of the iceberg as the authorities are still in the midst of gathering the actual number of pregnant women who had succumbed to the deadly disease ever since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the Kingdom.

Despite the Ministry advising pregnant women to take the vaccine shot, there are still many who blatantly defy the directive.
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7th, November 2021
145 kilometers charity ride to Kampot flagged off this dawn
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A charity bicycle ride from Phnom Penh to Kampot was flagged off this morning from the Attwood Business Centre at Russian Federation Boulevard at 5am this morning.

More than 100 riders from Singapore, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Cambodia and a handful of other nationalities joined the ride which is organised to raise money for several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are working with orphans and other less-fortunate children in Cambodia.

The Ride It For Essentials (RIFE) involved a 145-kilometre bike ride from Phnom Penh to Kampot with a stop at the midway point before continuing onto Kampot province and on Monday, some riders will continue to Boor Mountain before making the return trip to Phnom Penh.
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6th, November 2021
Traditional pounding underway in Banteay Srei
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Siem Reap province‘s Banteay Srei District adminisation is holding a three-day ambok pounding ceremony from November 5 to 7 aimed to promote tourism sector in community.

Pounding ambok is a Cambodian tradition at this time of year. Ambok is made by pounding new seasonal rice into flakes. This ambok was made from rice harvested in the paddies in the biggest, tourist oriented roundabout of Banteay Srei district.

The purpose of this ambok pounding program is to cooperate with the people from Preah Dak village and the tourism community of Banteay Srei district in order to show the old traditions in the village at the beginning of the new rice harvest. It is also interesting to see for the tourists who travel through this roundabout.
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5th, November 2021
Police Officer Shoots Man In Siem Reap Restaurant
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Around noon on November 5, several Cambodian men in Siem Reap Province had a physical altercation with a policeman who was dining in a restaurant. As a result, the policeman fired his weapon. A man was hit and seriously injured.

The injured man is a 30 years old electrician. He was shot in the left armpit and is currently receiving emergency care in the hospital. The suspect was a police officer from Siem Reap Province.
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5th, November 2021
Police crack down on illegally parked vehicles and traffic
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Phnom Penh police are cracking down on vehicle owners who illegally park on public roads, sidewalks and at markets now that the Kingdom has reopened and many public places are busy.

Phnom Penh police chief Lieutenant General Sar Thet on Wednesday ordered his officers to strictly tow vehicles which park illegally throughout 14 districts in Phnom Penh impound them at Police Headquarters until the owners come to pay the fine.
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4th, November 2021
‘Open’ war: Crackdowns on PP entertainment outlets opening secretly
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Following reports that some KTVs and nightclubs are secretly opening their doors to customers, in defiance of the 14-day ban in place, authorities in all 14 districts in the capital have declared war on such outlets to prevent any new outbreak of Covid-19.

“We will show the owners no mercy if we find any of these outlets operating clandestinely,” Daun Penh district governor Sok Penhvuth told Khmer Times yesterday. “I will impose a penalty in accordance with the law on measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and other deadly infectious diseases.”
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4th, November 2021
Seven Dead After Camry Crashes In Kampot
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On the afternoon of November 2, 2021, there was a traffic accident on National Road 41 in Laang village, Laang commune, Dong Tong district. Kampot province causing at least seven deaths.

The source said that before the accident, the car was seen traveling from east to west at high speed. It left the road and overturned in a canal. Seven people in the car were confirmed as dead. Victims are still unidentified, and are said to include four men, three women and a girl.
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3rd, November 2021
Another Massive Drug Seizure In Phnom Penh
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Police from the Anti-Drug Crime Department cracked down on drug processing and trafficking, arrested two suspects and confiscated nearly 59 kg of drugs in Phnom Penh.

The specialized force of the Anti-Drug Department (A5) investigated and cracked down on drug trafficking at Street 360, BKK1, arresting a suspect named Nguyen Wing Ty and a small amount of drugs.
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3rd, November 2021
Angkor crowned as best place to visit in Southeast Asia
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Angkor in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province came first among the 29 Best Places to Visit in Southeast Asia, according to a survey of Touropia Travel Guides.

“When it comes to archaeological sites, travellers won’t want to miss Angkor in northern Cambodia. It contains some of the world’s most important cultural remains. These include the enormous Angkor Wat temple, the Bayon temple with its multitude of massive stone faces and Ta Prohm, a Buddhist temple ruin entwined with towering trees,” said Touropia.

Other Cambodian cities – Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville – won the 20th and 28th places, respectively.
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3rd, November 2021
Man killed and robbed of his motorbike
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The body of the man who went missing for three days was found on Tuesday in Stung Treng province’s in what police said was a murder.

The family said that on the day of his missing, Loeun rode his motorbike and went fishing at a river near the mountain far away from Koh Key village. His bike was also missing.
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2nd, November 2021
Film lovers back at cinema
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Cinemas have adjusted their policies to welcome back attendees within the guidelines of the new normal.

People coming back are cooperating by showing their vaccination cards, social distancing, spraying sanitiser and wearing masks.

They adjusted the opening and closing hours by one hour, now starting at 10am and the last films beginning at 8:30pm.
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1st, November 2021
Foreign ‘Racer’ Hits Passapp
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A sports car collided with PassApp, causing it to overturn, seriously injuring three people, who were immediately sent to hospital.
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1st, November 2021
Business sector ready to reopen under new normalcy
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Cambodia is ready to reopen its doors, including the business sector, but with new Covid-19 challenges of all premises being clean, hygienic and disinfected and stringent compliance with the Health Ministry’s guidelines to avert the spread of the coronavirus

The SSCA is cooperating with the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Economy to reopen the business sector in the country. However, there are three phases to follow.

The first phase, is to vaccinate the majority of the people in the Kingdom against the Covid-19 so as to achieve herd immunity, as stressed by Prime Minister Hun Sen; secondly, need to reel out of the pandemic and thirdly restore its economy and society to normalcy.
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1st, November 2021
Capital extends booster dose drive till Nov 11
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Phnom Penh City Hall yesterday clarified that the booster shot campaign in the capital has not ended as reported but has been extended to November 11.

On October 26, City Hall reportedly announced that the booster shot campaign in the capital would end yesterday.

City Hall spokesman told Khmer Times yesterday that the campaign is not over but the city authorities just reduced the number of centres based on the numbers of population who received the booster shots.