Fine Increased up to 5 Million Riel for Quarantine Evasion

The Royal Government of Cambodia has increased the penalty for those who evade quarantine to up to 5 million Riel (US$1,250).

The sub-decree on amendment to the sub-decree No. 129 on health measures to prevent and respond to international outbreaks of diseases at the country’s gates, dated Sept. 17, 2015, was signed today by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

According to the​​ amendment made to the Article 8 of the sub-decree No. 129, any passenger or transport operator who evades inspections or fails to cooperate with the quarantine officers in implementing the health measures or fails to comply with the procedures set out in the sub-decree shall be subject to a transitional fine from 1 to 5 million Riel (from US$250 to US$1,250), up from 200,000 Riel to 1 million Riel (from US$50 to US$250) in the old article, and be required to carry out the health measures.

Those who initiate, direct, instruct, incite, persuade, or deliberately facilitate a passenger or transport operator to evade inspection or quarantine measure shall be subject to a transitional fine from 10 to 50 million Riel (from US$2,500 to US$12,500, it added.

The violator will face court action if s/he refuses to pay the fine within 30 days from the date of receiving the decision on the transitional fine, underlined the new article.

This transitional penalty does not exempt the violator from criminal liabilities stipulated in the existing laws and regulations, it continued.

Anyone who falsifies health-related documents for the purpose of evading the quarantine measures shall be punished in accordance with the criminal law in force, it stressed.

Recently, Samdech Techo Prime Minister asked the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Health to work together to amend the Article 8 as the punishment is slight which cannot deter the violations.

 

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press