Cambodian Reopens Borders, E-Visas Available Again πŸ›ƒ We Finally Have Our Solution

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Well, it's official, Cambodia has reopened its borders to the world. I am only now an easy e-visa away from being back together in Cambodian with my family again.

Cambodia Reinacts E-Visa Program

Β  Β  Β We've been waiting years to return to Cambodia as a family, and the decision by the Cambodian government to reopen the country, albeit with many stipulations, is one well-received by my family and I. Suriname has never been a right fit for us, and we only ever came to the west to get married and meet American family members.

Β  Β  Β The get married part happened, but my USA family still hasn't met my Cambodian family, and that's no longer as important as it once was to me. Now that we can envision a return to Cambodia, we are busy creating a plan for action once on the ground there. There will be a 7-day quarantine, a $1,000 USD cash deposit on my behalf for the quarantine hotel stay, and I also need travel insurance.

Β  Β  Β If we return together we will be separated upon arrival, and that irony is not lost on me. Even though I'll have my own hotel room with 2 beds during the 7-day quarantine period, the family would have to pay $1,000 USD deposit each to join me per policy. They are however, entitled to a free government quarantine that is basically the same quality of room that I will have.

Β  Β  Β It appears most people are getting around $400 of their deposit back after quarantine, so that would mean an extra loss of $1,800 USD just for us to be together for 7 days. That's almost half the cost of the piece of land we want to buy, so it's out of the question unless a discount can be made, and/or I can sweettalk the authorities into letting me quarantine with the family at the government facility.

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Yep, I'm really excited that they will finally start issuing tourist visas. The one-week quarantine is a huge plus as well. Hopefully, things can get back to normal here in Cambodia soon!

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This is a huge break for us, can't wait to get back and restart life. For now, in typical Cambodian fashion, the e-Visa website has left out many countries like the USA, but included places like the Faroe Islands in the dropdown menu.

I will wait a few weeks until all the kinks are ironed out of the website before attempting anything.

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Hi hi Justin.. that's great news.. no more Suriname soon.. =) I hope the countries start opening borders very soon.. can't wait.. Are you going to write about your quarantine time at the hotel? It's not cheap... but I guess a necessary evil. Have a great day. =)

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As much as it will suck, I will try to produce hot daily Hive content from my solo quarantine. Since we will be separated upon arrival, and being I am already close to the USA, it seems wise for me to return to the USA for a few weeks and visit family before flying alone.

We aren't hopeful about US immigration or tourist visas anymore, so if my American family wants to meet my Cambodian family, they will just have put their butts in a plane. Because I feel there is no way we are going to the USA, this may be my last chance to visit my parents, so I better take it.

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this may be my last chance to visit my parents

The world has gone crazy and I wonder when or if I will make it back to the states again. Its seeming more likely they will move down by me in Colombia, time will tell.

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That's cool, I wish my family were travelers, they could come to visit us in Cambodia. They still don't realize how exponentially smaller their sacrifice is to visit Cambodia than for us to give up everything and attempt US immigration, because that's our best chance at visiting even just for two weeks. I hope your parents move to Colombia, that would be so cool.

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Praying for you to finally fina a place you can call home the soonest. Praying for the best for the whole family

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Cambodia/Albania have always felt like a home to me, despite how hard governments make me feel unwelcome. The Cambodian people have embraced me more than anywhere I've ever been, and that alone almost makes me feel obligated to call it home. Thanks my friend.

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Hi there! I hope that everything will go on smoothly with you and your family. The price is quite huge but it's for the best I guess so cheers!

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True, and as things go, usually small adjustments are made to new policies after a few weeks, correcting for errors and inefficiency. We are still not leaving for a month, so that will give the government time to streamline things. For now the website doesn't list the USA in the dropdown menu, so I reached a hitch in the first few seconds.

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I hope that you and your family will be able to return to Cambodia very soon.

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Me too, it has been a long time coming. Even though it's not my country, it's where I feel most at home on this planet, so it's good to know I can plan a return and escape the hardships we face in Suriname.

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That is great news! I am happy for you and for your family that Cambodia reopens. 😊
That's a lot of money to spend for quarantine alone.
How I wish the world is now covid-19 free. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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Yeah, we could buy a 3-hectare farm in Cambodian for the price of a 4-person 7-day quarantine. Luckily we'll be able to reunite after our quarantine period, although I still haven't decided whether to fly to Cambodia with them or briefly visit the USA before returning to Cambodia.

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hi my friend I don't know what you're talking about, but I'm one of your big fans..

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No problem, it is all very complicated bureaucracy, but the most important thing is that Cambodia is (partially) open again, so this means we can return home.

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@JustinParke, I just joined hive blog for a few weeks, and don't know much about hive, I found you because my beloved sister @jasonmunapasee shared your post, so I visited your blog, I hope to learn a lot from you.

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Thank you for stopping by. Welcome to Hive and also the ASEAN Hive Community.

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Oh my! Justin, this is great news, thank God that things have changed in your favor. The cost of the deposit for the quarantine is quite huge for a country like Cambodia. But, there will be better life for all of you there and besides, the 3 ladies will surely enjoy blogging because simply there are just so many things to blog in Cambodia than in Suriname, right? So I wish you and your family best of luck in the world!

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There is much exciting content to come in the future. We are already dreaming big, thank you my friend for you kind words. The quarantine costs will seem like a small price to have paid once it's behind me.

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I am so happy for you. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Yay bye bye Suriname!

It really sucks that there are so many costs involved. I think if you all go back you should get Monkey B to change their minds about separating you. You speak their language and Monkey B speaks both. Who could resist her extreme cuteness.

Best of luck and I'll cross my fingers and send good thoughts of the plans flowing easily.😌

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I think we could potentially bribe the authorities into letting me go the government booked guesthouses with them, but it seems more likely they will fly without me to Cambodia while I go to the USA for what might the last visit for a long time.

We are still in the planning phase, but now it feels each day is forward progress.

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That's great news....! 🎊
Hope you all get through this and that it will be as smooth as possible for your family.

All the best! πŸ‘

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Yes, soon will be eating fruit again, enjoying social living, have access to a wide variety of vegetables and ingredients, and best of all, have running water. Give thanks.

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Oh and those mushrooms... As we only have the dried varieties here or what I find in the stores here.

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Maybe you can just bribe the official with a few hundred dollars?

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Usually a ten spot will do the job if it's gonna work. Hard to say though, COVID has changed everything, people are now scared of penalties for not enforcing rules flawlessly. I am really curious to see how this changed Cambodia.

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Congratulations!!! You finally got that free pass to get out of Suriname!

My opinion (which counts for nothing) is to go to the US and see family. Once you get to the other side of the world, you just won't. Life is so short and you are so close. You are going to be separated anyway and I am sure it wouldn't be a wasted trip!

Good luck! I am so happy for you!

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I am leaning towards going to the USA for what might be a last visit. I think you're right, and we can't count on having immigration success in the next year or two. I would've flown to the USA and returned to Suriname to leave together, but our Suriname visa is expired, so I can leave but can't return.

Thanks my friend for keeping me in your thoughts.

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Travels have now begun and a lot of countries are now allowing citizens to come back and tourists to visit. good news for you and I'm really happy you can get back :)


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Yes, I don't want to get too invested, but it looks like 2022 will be a year of border openings, although with great restrictions and expenses making it nearly impossible for migrants and immigrants from tough circumstances. The rich tourists of the world will not be affected much, and will likely enjoy seeing places not so crowded.

Fingers crossed for a return to Cambodia, thanks my friend.

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Those quarantine hotel fees sound like a proper racket to fleece travelers. I guess governments around the world have assumed that only rich people travel during a pandemic and are trying to milk them.

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It's definitely a hustle, but I guess it's all in how bad we want to get back versus how long we want to wait. It's clear this policy is targeted at initially bringing wealthier tourists into the country. In my experience rich tourists spend money in very tight loops that benefit the government greatly, with little trickling down the local economy.

Migrants, immigrants, and budge travelers are more likely to spend money on small family-owned guesthouses instead of high-dollar hotels, eat at roadside restaurants instead of fancy ones owned by the rich, etc. Well, I guess our experience here in Suriname is just so bad, we will do whatever it takes to get out of here.

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This is fabulous news bro!

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Indeed, and we're hoping COVID-19 related visa complications will be streamlined by the time we leave, and also that the quarantine period might be lifted or rolled back to three days. Fingers crossed....

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It is better for the greater opportunities in Asean countries. With your family potential earning from hive, you ll turn to be middle up class family in Cambodia.

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So much more opportunities indeed, I have never had the quality of life and local spending power like I have in Cambodia. The USA is just working with a shovel until I die penniless, not for me.

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Great news and good luck getting what you guys want and need!

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Thank you, we are counting the days now.....

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I thought you were counting the days before and now would be counting the hours...lol...
SO so happy for you all and can't wait to see all the reports from Cambodia!

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This is fantastic news! I am sure you are super excited. It's been a long time coming

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We have been spending our days making plans, we can almost taste the (relative) freedom again.

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Hello Justin, I know it's been a while since I stopped by, but I am happy to hear this great news up my return to Hive. Altough there is still little bump on the road, but hopefully that will be the last. Nevertheless, they should let you stay with your family since you re married. Anyway, unfortunately they are always laws and regulations everywhere and I have no idea what they are in Cambodia. I don't even know what they are here in Canada, lol.

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Canada is one of the toughest cookies, we lost $3,000 USD on tickets because Canada denied us a transit visa. Lesson learned, don't be a poor Cambodian and think you can just fly through Mexico, the USA, or Canada on the way to somewhere else. Canada told us we lacked the necessary funds to transit their airports, even though the visa form makes no mention a monetary requirement.

The world is a mess, and we just want to live somewhere where we feel welcome. Thanks for stopping by chef, we hope the future is much brighter.

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Oh boy! I am so sorry to hear that, yet I am not surprised about Canadian policies! Although I ah glad to be Canadian, because I don't know what would happen to me if I stayed in Slovakia.

Anyway, I wish you fast and safe return to Cambodia. I believe the future is brighter for you and your family. Hopefully for the world too, but that will take much longer πŸ™ˆ

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It's okay, it's been a good experience in some ways, and I think my wife realizes why I left the west and found a better quality of life in Cambodia. Everything happens for a reason, and I honestly only wanted to visit the USA for a few weeks, but because a tourist visa is nothing short of impossible, full immigration was the only way. You gotta live where you're welcome, and it's clear the west is not a welcome place for this family.

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You also have to live where you feel happy and it's clear that's Cambodia. By the way, I just Googled Cambodia photos and some of the ancient landmarks came up that I know from YouTube music videos I listed to all day. I always though that was Thailand! Wow! It must be really beautiful there! Definitely a place I would love to visit someday!

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If you are going to be on the plane and airport that long and trying to avoid the complication of showing up positive for the C, I hope you guys where masks. I know some western people don't believe they work but if they spent time in Japan I'm sure they'd feel differently. I won't push anyone on it, everyone is responsible for their own bodies and all that, just want to see you reach your destination with as little BS as possible. So happy for you.

If btc can help with this at all let me know man. I know it doesn't always convert to cash when you need it tho.

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