Cambodia Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Typhoid & Polio Yes
cholera 2
Eat Drink 4
yellow fever 1
malaria 3


Medical care in the country cannot be compared to Europe and is often problematic in terms of technology, equipment and hygiene. In many cases there is also a lack of European-trained doctors who speak English or French. Adequate health insurance coverage valid worldwide and reliable travel insurance are strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Check indexdotcom for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers who want to enter within 6 days of staying in an infected area designated by the WHO. Exceptions are transit passengers who do not leave the airport in Cambodia. [2] A vaccination certificate against cholera is not an entry requirement, but a small risk of infection cannot be ruled out, especially in the provinces: Banteay Mean Chay (Paoy Pet Commune), Kampot, Kompong Cham, Rottanikiri. To protect oneself, one should practice careful drinking water and food hygiene. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before travelling. [3] Year-round protection against malaria nationwide. There is a high risk in most parts of the country, but extremely high in the north and west (border area with Thailand (here also multi-resistance). Medium risk in a wide belt through the middle of the country from south-east to north-west along the Mekong to north of the Tonle Sap. Low risk around Phnom Penh and immediate Tonle Sap to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, Phnom Penh is malaria free The predominant more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum (90%) is said to be highly resistant to chloroquine, sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine and mefloquine (western provinces). Recommendation: Mosquito repellent, in the west (border to Thailand) for more than 7 days, preventive medication, otherwise emergency medication. [4] Because of the risk of possible intestinal infections, care must be taken to ensure careful drinking water and food hygiene. Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying bottled water, you should make sure that the original packaging is not broken. Unpasteurized milk should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Dairy products made from unboiled milk should not be consumed. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Eating raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Warnings are given against eating and buying food from cheap street restaurants and markets. Caution should be exercised before consuming fish and seafood that are offered as delicacies in restaurants because of possible algae poisoning.

Other risks

Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in some ponds and rivers (Mekong), so swimming and wading in inland waters should be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, is widespread across the country. The number of cases has a strong upward trend. Infection areas are mainly in the provinces of Kandal, Takeo, Battambang, Kampong Cham and Phnom Penh (including the urban areas). An effective insect repellent is recommended. Hepatitis A can occur, hepatitis B is highly endemic. Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended, for long-term stays and for children and adolescents also against hepatitis B. HIV/AIDS is widespread and a great danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: Unprotected sexual contacts, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. There is an increased risk of contracting Japanese encephalitis in rural areas from May to October. A vaccination is recommended for longer stays in rural risk areas and in the case of an increased individual risk, for example on trekking tours. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

bird flu

In Cambodia, the H5N1 avian influenza virus first appeared in humans in 2005. By September 2013, eleven people had died from the disease. Travelers should stay away from poultry and avoid all contact with live and dead animals. The consumption of raw poultry dishes and eggs should be avoided. Well-cooked poultry dishes and eggs can be enjoyed without hesitation. Thorough cleaning of the hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand disinfectant solutions is generally recommended as a precautionary measure.



1 riel = 100 sen. Currency code: CR, KHR (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200 (rare), 100 and 50 (rare) CR. Note: The riel is a means of payment in local trade, while the US dollar is mainly used in tourism. In the border area with Thailand, the Thai baht is also used as a common means of payment.

Credit cards

Not accepted everywhere, usually only in larger hotels and tourist restaurants or shops. Visa and Mastercard are most commonly accepted. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at a few ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus and Maestro symbols. ATMs are available in banks and in Western Union agencies in major cities, in tourist centers and at the airport. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money,

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks can be cashed at banks in major cities in Cambodia.

Bank opening hours

  1. General Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of national and foreign currencies is unlimited, declaration obligation from an amount equivalent to US$ 10,000. (Export only up to the amount declared.)

Currency Exchange

The recommendation is an exchange in the country. Euros can be exchanged at Cambodian Public Bank, Cambodian Bank, Mekong Bank and major airports. Small denomination US dollars are recommended. Only small sums of money should be exchanged as it is difficult to change back the local currency.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
KHR CR 1 EUR = 1.04 CR
1 CHF = 1.24 CR
1 USD = 1.00 CR
USD U.S$ 1 EUR = 1.04 US$
1 CHF = 1.24 US$
1 USD = 1.00 US$

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