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Control Measures

Revision of Entry Requirements for Foreign Travellers to Cambodia

The Ministry of Health issued an announcement dated 4 August 2020 on the Adjustment of the Entry Requirements for Foreign Travellers to Cambodia to safeguard health and safety of foreign travellers visiting Cambodia. Foreign travellers are categorised into four groups: (i) sponsored; (ii) invited but not sponsored; (iii) neither sponsored nor invited investors-businesspersons, company employees, experts, skilled workers, technicians and family members; and (iv) regular foreign travellers (who do not fall within the first three categories).

Cambodia | Control Measures | 18 August 2020
Adjustment of the Requirements for Cambodian Travellers and Quarantine of Diplomatic Personnel

As part of its efforts to contain COVID-19, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) has issued consecutive regulations affecting several sectors of the country to prevent and mitigate the devastation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, the RGC has restricted travelling into Cambodia by imposing requirements on both Cambodian and foreign travellers.

Cambodia | Control Measures | 25 June 2020
COVID-19 Costs for Testing, Quarantine Facilitation and Treatment

Following notification No. 4898 MEF dated 8 June 2020 issued by the Ministry of Economy and Finance on the Costs of Foreign Travellers for COVID-19 Testing and Health Examination at Public Hospitals, the Ministry of Health issued notification No. 564 dated 11 June 2020 on the payment fees for COVID-19 tests and health examinations.

Cambodia | Control Measures | 25 June 2020
Travellers’ Quarantine and Travelling Restriction Lifted During COVID-19 Containment

Based on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health issued Announcement No. 101 of the Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat COVID-19 dated 20 May 2020 (“Announcement”) to amend the travelling restriction imposed in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Announcement abrogates the announcement of the Ministry of Health dated 14 and 15 March 2020 on the travelling restriction of foreign nationals from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States of America into Cambodia.

Cambodia | Control Measures | 08 June 2020
Law on the Administration of the Nation during a State of Emergency

The Law on the Administration of the Nation during a State of Emergency (“Law”) was promulgated with immediate effect on 29 April 2020. Under the Law, the country can be placed under a state of emergency via a Royal Decree if Cambodia is faced with a serious threat to the national security, public health, and societal order. The state of emergency may be declared for a period of no longer than three months. If the situation demands, such period may be extended. At the appropriate time and circumstance, the state of emergency may be withdrawn by a Royal Decree via the request of the Prime Minister. 

Cambodia | Control Measures | 08 May 2020
Nationwide Travel Constraint for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 and Exception for Certain Travels

The Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia has issued Order No. 02 ORD dated 9 April 2020 on the Nationwide Travel Constraint for Preventing and Obstructing the Spread of COVID-19’ (“Order”). Based on the Order, the constraint enters into force from 24:00 of 9 April 2020 to 24:00 of 16 April 2020.

 

Cambodia | Control Measures | 13 April 2020
Postponement of Khmer New Year 2020 Holidays & COVID-19 Preventive Measures During Postponement Period

In order to prevent and fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training have issued notifications to postpone the 2020 Khmer New Year and set out the necessary measures for both the public and private sectors.

 

Cambodia | Control Measures | 10 April 2020

Support Measures

RGC’s Guideline on Additional Measures to Manage the COVID-19 Economic Impact on the Main Sectors and Economic Acceleration and Rehabilitation Post COVID-19

The Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) has issued consecutive press releases and regulations on preventive measures to mitigate the COVID-19 impact on the main sectors such as garment and textile, tourism, and aviation. The impact has been decreased but not vanished. The main sectors are still affected by COVID-19. Therefore, the RGC has issued a press release on the fifth round of preventive measures on 31 July 2020 in order to (1) rehabilitate and promote business operations and (2) mitigate burden on poor families and vulnerable groups by providing financial support.

Cambodia | Support Measures | 18 August 2020
Tourism Licenses Renewal Fee Exemption for 2021

In accordance with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s press release dated 26 May 2020 on the fourth-round of preventive measures for mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on business operations, the Ministry of Tourism issued a notification dated 8 June 2020 providing for, among others, the waiver of the renewal license fee and the public service fee for the license renewal of all types of valid tourism licenses for 2021.

 

Cambodia | Support Measures | 19 June 2020
RGC’s Guideline on Additional Measures to Support Private Sector and Employees Heavily Impacted by COVID-19 and Post COVID-19 Economic Rehabilitation

After issuing consecutive press releases, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) on 26 May 2020 issued a press release on the fourth-round preventive measures in order to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business operations of the main sectors. The measures include (a) extending the validity of some measures previously issued; and (b) imposing additional measures. These measures will also include social assistance to help poor families.

Cambodia | Support Measures | 08 June 2020
Control and Support Measures in Cambodia Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

In combatting the spread of COVID-19 in Cambodia, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) first started to issue travel restrictions on a selective basis, targeting travellers coming from countries or region most hard-hit by COVID-19, which included the European countries, the United States of America and Iran. As the situation continues to worsen, the RGC has sought to impose travel restrictions on all inbound foreign travellers by requiring them to fulfil a set of conditions before they can be allowed to enter the country.

In addition, the RGC has issued various measures aimed at alleviating the burden of local businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cambodia | Support Measures | 30 April 2020

Workplace & Employment

RGC Updates on Subsidies for Employees in the Garment and Tourism Sectors during the Employment Suspension

To update the amounts of subsidy provided by the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) to employees in the garment and tourism sectors, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has issued several notifications as follows:

  • three notifications on 24 July 2020; 
  • two notifications on 29 July 2020;
  • three notifications on 31 July 2020;
  • two notification on 26 August 2020;
  • one notification on 2 September 2020, and
  • one notification on 10 September 2020.

Generally, the amount of subsidy varies with the period of employment suspension, and subject to fulfilment of certain conditions such as employees who have completed soft skills training.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 21 September 2020
Clarification on Compensation in Cases of Termination of Undetermined Duration Contract

On 14 August 2020, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training ("MLVT") issued a clarification on the compensation in lieu of prior notice and damages in cases of termination of undetermined duration contract ("UDC"), providing additional explanation to Letter No. 295 dated 29 July 2020 of the Inspection Department of the MLVT on clarification of “damages” and “compensation in lieu of prior notice”.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 14 September 2020
RGC Updates Subsidies for Employees during the Employment Suspension

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has issued two notifications dated 14 July 2020 and 16 July 2020 updating the amount of the subsidy provided by the Royal Government of Cambodia for the garment and tourism sectors annexed to the notification via Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialised Bank in Khmer Riel. The amount of subsidy varies with the suspension period.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 21 July 2020
2020 Khmer New Year Public Holiday to Take Place from 17 to 21 August 2020

In the line with Sub-Decree No. 101 dated 15 July 2020 issued by the Royal Government of Cambodia on the Approval of a Public Holiday from 17 to 21 August 2020 for Public Officials, Employees and Workers, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has issued Prakas No. 242/20 MLVT.Prk dated 16 July 2020 (“Prakas”) on 17 to 21 August 2020 Public Holiday to Substitute the 2020 Khmer New Year Public Holidays.

Pursuant to the Prakas, all employees from any factory/enterprise are permitted to take paid leave from 17 to 21 August 2020 as replacement for the postponed Khmer New Year public holiday which was originally scheduled from 13 to 16 April 2020

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 21 July 2020
RGC Updates Subsidies for Employees during the Employment Suspension

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has issued four notifications, one on 6 July 2020, two on 8 July 2020, and another on 9 July 2020 updating the amount of the subsidy provided by the Royal Government of Cambodia for the garment and tourism sectors annexed to the notification via Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialised Bank in Khmer Riel ("KHR"). The amount of subsidy varies with the suspension period.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 14 July 2020
RGC Updates Subsidies for Employees during the Employment Suspension

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has issued two notifications dated 23 June 2020 and 25 June 2020 updating the amount of the subsidy provided by the Royal Government of Cambodia for the garment and tourism sectors annexed to the notification via Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialised Bank in Khmer Riel ("KHR"). The amount of subsidy varies with the suspension period.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 30 June 2020
RGC Updates Subsidies for Employees during the Employment Suspension

On 16 June 2020, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training issued two notifications updating the amount of the subsidy provided by the Royal Government of Cambodia for the garment and tourism sectors annexed to the notification via Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialised Bank in Khmer Riel (“KHR”). The amount of subsidy varies with reference to the suspension period.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 25 June 2020
RGC’s Subsidy for Employees during the Employment Suspension (Update)

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training issued a notification dated 9 June 2020 updating the amount of the subsidy provided by the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) to 17,052 employees of 50 factories/enterprises in the garment and tourism sectors annexed to the notification via Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialised Bank in Khmer Riel (“KHR”). The amount of subsidy varies with reference to the suspension period.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 19 June 2020
RGC’s Subsidy for Employees During the Employment Suspension

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) issued notifications dated 26 May 2020, 1 June and 3 June 2020 on the amount of subsidy provided by the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) to employees whose employment contracts are suspended pursuant to an earlier Notification. This is the third-round of the RGC’s measures put out to support private sectors and employees heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 08 June 2020
Reminder on COVID-19 Preventive Measures at Factories and Enterprises

Although the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is currently getting better, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has issued Notification dated 2 June 2020 as a reminder on COVID-19 preventive measures that factories and enterprises, in particular those of the garment industries, must continue to implement. These include (a) arranging to have temperature checks of all persons before entering the factories and enterprises; (b) placing alcohols or hand sanitisers (gels or soaps) at the entrances of the workplaces; and (c) reminding employees to cover their mouth and nose with handkerchief, scarf or elbow when coughing or sneezing.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 08 June 2020
Suspension of Payment of Back Seniority Payment Prior to 2019 and Seniority Payment for 2020

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training issued Notification No. 018/20 dated 2 June 2020 on the Suspension of the Payment of the Back Seniority Payment prior to 2019 and the Seniority Payment for 2020 (“Notification”). This Notification was implemented in the line with Point 7 of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s press release dated 7 April 2020 which provides for additional measures to assist the private sector and employees heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 08 June 2020
Guideline on Health and Livelihood Protection of Cambodian International Migrants and Returnees During COVID-19 Containment

On 29 April 2020, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training issued Guideline No. 048/20 MLVT on Health and Livelihood Protection of Cambodian International Migrants and Returnees During COVID-19 Containment (“Guideline”). The Guideline mandates the returnees to, among other things, follow the guidelines of the competent authority at the land border and airport for health check measure implementation and 14-day quarantine after arrival, and contact the local authorities for intervention if any problem affecting their daily livelihood during the COVID-19 containment arises.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 12 May 2020
Quarantine Measures for Workers Taking Leave during the Khmer New Year and Returning Back to Work at Factories, Enterprises and Establishments

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) has issued Guideline No. 046/20 MLVT/GUI.CBN dated 17 April 2020 on the Quarantine Measures for Workers Taking Leave during the Khmer New Year and Returning Back to Work at Factories, Enterprises and Establishments (“Guideline”). Following the previous regulations of the MLVT and Ministry of Health, the Guideline requires all owners or directors of the factories and all workers to implement certain measures, such as providing isolation rooms for returning employees, and instructing workers to have health checks at the Health Control Centre.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 30 April 2020
Requirement for Workers Transportation Permit and Work Performance during Domestic Travel Constraint

Following the Royal Government’s Order No. 02 ORD dated 9 April 2020 pertaining to the domestic travel constraint, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training issued a notification on the use of workers transportation permit and work performance during such domestic travel constraint.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 13 April 2020

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