In a bid to revitalise their struggling tourism industries, many major destinations are going all-out to incentivise travellers to return to their shores over the coming weeks and months.
Cambodia, however, is taking a very different approach. The south-east Asian country started reopening its borders in late May, but since June 11, it’s also been asking travellers to pay a $3,000 (£2,420, A$4,340) deposit to cover any ’rona-related costs they might rack up while on holiday.
The deposit must be paid in cash or by credit card once you land. The country’s health ministry said a mandatory test would also be conducted on arrival at a cost of $165 (£130, A$240), to be deducted from your deposit. (This covers $100 for the test itself, $5 for transport to the testing centre, and $60 for three meals and a night in a hotel while you wait 24 hours for the results.)
The government has published a comprehensive list of other fees and treatment costs visitors may incur. It should be noted that if just one person on a flight tests positive, all other passengers will have to quarantine for 14 days at a cost of $1,280 (£1,030, A$1,850) per head (to cover accommodation, meals, laundry and medical services).
For every passenger who tests positive, each night spent in hospital will come to $330 (£265, A$480). And because the total expense will then exceed $3,000, the country is also requiring travellers provide proof of valid health insurance valued at a minimum of $50,000 (£40,000, A$72,000) to cover any additional costs.
The ministry also notes that if a visitor to the country were to die from Covid-19, $1,500 (£1,200, A$2,200) would be deducted from the deposit or claimed from insurance.
So in other words: unless you have really deep pockets, something tells us it might be worth waiting for these measures to be lifted before jumping on the next flight to Siem Reap.