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Laos travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

Published on 19.07.2020
Resumes flights on Vientiane-Hanoi route

Published on 18.06.2020
Lao Airlines May/June 2020 domestic operations

Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Laos
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals of Lao People’s Democratic Republic,
    • Passengers who have obtained an authorisation for entry issued by the Laotian government, provided holding a RT-PCR medical test certificate issued within 72 hours prior to their travel proving they are free from Covid-19.
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Flight Restrictions

published 30.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

All international flights are suspended
Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.

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Quarantine

published 30.10.2020

Quarantine is possible
Passengers could be subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All entrants must provide a Health declaration form, and a fit to fly certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. All arrivals will be subject to a free COVID-19 test. Positive cases will be admitted to hospitals for treatment. Negative cases will be subject to 14-day self-quarantine requirement at their own expense at designated locations. The application form for the health declaration is available on the official website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (prior to 2013)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from
countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (prior to 2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country except in
Vientiane.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Laos Latest News: Laos: Borders remain closed to foreigners but resume flights on Vientiane-Hanoi route (The Star, 19.07.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from Laos remain very limited. The Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points. No visas are being issued to people travelling from or transiting a country with ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. However, the authorities may consider granting entry permission for foreigners (experts, diplomats, technicians and foreign nationals that are required for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos. Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders: All foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. All arrivals will be subject to a free COVID-19 test. Positive cases will be admitted to hospital for treatment. All negative cases have to undergo 14 days quarantine at designated locations (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies). The application form for the health declaration is available on the official website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Due to the impacts of coronavirus the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to extend visas in country and be flexible if visas cannot be extended before the due date for operational reasons because of the new regulations.
    There is compulsory free testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos. Those testing positive will be admitted to hospital for treatment.
    Enhanced health screening is in place and border crossings between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam are closed. You should allow additional time to include this possibility and check with your airline if travelling by air.
    Anybody travelling to Laos with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and a travel history from coronavirus affected countries, will be isolated in hospital and tested. The hospitals being used are Mittaphab, Mahosot, Setthathirath and the National Military Hospital (103).
    Quarantine: All arrivals testing negative for COVID-19 will have to undergo 14 days quarantine at designated locations, which include hotels (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies).
    Testing on departure: There is no compulsory COVID testing on departure from Laos. Please check all conditions of air ticket purchases carefully with airlines as some may require evidence of a negative COVID test to travel.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flights here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    There are no travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will be required to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are able to reopen, provided that COVID preventative measures are in place. These include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, maintaining 1m physical distancing, and checking temperatures. Some venues where the 1m social distancing rule cannot be applied, such as karaoke and night clubs, remain closed. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are now permitted as long as COVID-19 prevention measures and social distancing of 1m are in place. Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers.

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    08.10.2020
  • Laos Latest News: Laos: Borders remain closed to foreigners but resume flights on Vientiane-Hanoi route (The Star, 19.07.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from Laos remain very limited. The Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points. No visas are being issued to people travelling from or transiting a country with ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. However, the authorities may consider granting entry permission for foreigners (experts, diplomats, technicians and foreign nationals that are required for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos. Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders: All foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. All arrivals will be subject to a free COVID-19 test. Positive cases will be admitted to hospital for treatment. All negative cases have to undergo 14 days quarantine at designated locations (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies). The application form for the health declaration is available on the official website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Thai Government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are closed until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Only commercial goods are permitted to cross at present. There may be exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flights here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    There are no travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will be required to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are able to reopen, provided that COVID preventative measures are in place. These include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, maintaining 1m physical distancing, and checking temperatures. Some venues where the 1m social distancing rule cannot be applied, such as karaoke and night clubs, remain closed. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are now permitted as long as COVID-19 prevention measures and social distancing of 1m are in place. Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers.

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    30.09.2020
  • Laos Laos: Borders remain closed to foreigners but resume flights on Vientiane-Hanoi route (The Star, 19.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Laos remain very limited. The Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points. No visas are being issued to people travelling from or transiting a country with ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. However, the authorities may consider granting entry permission for foreigners (experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are required for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos. Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders: All foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. All arrivals will be subject to a free COVID-19 test. Positive cases will be admitted to hospital for treatment. All negative cases have to undergo 14 days quarantine at designated locations (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies). The application form for the health declaration is available on the official website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [http://www.mofa.gov.la/index.php]. The Thai Government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are closed until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Only commercial goods are permitted to cross at present. There may be exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are no travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will be required to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are able to reopen, provided that COVID preventative measures are in place. These include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, maintaining 1m physical distancing, and checking temperatures. Some venues where the 1m social distancing rule cannot be applied, such as karaoke and night clubs, remain closed. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are now permitted as long as COVID-19 prevention measures and social distancing of 1m are in place. Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers.

    Read more
    31.07.2020
  • Laos Laos: Borders remain closed to foreigners but resume flights on Vientiane-Hanoi route (The Star, 19.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Laos remain very limited. The Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points. No visas are being issued to people travelling from or transiting a country with ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. However, the authorities may consider granting entry permission for foreigners (experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are required for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos. Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders: All foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. All arrivals will be subject to a free COVID-19 test. Positive cases will be admitted to hospital for treatment. All negative cases have to undergo 14 days quarantine at designated locations (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies). The application form for the health declaration is available on the official website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [http://www.mofa.gov.la/index.php].
    There is compulsory free testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos. Those testing positive will be admitted to hospital for treatment. Enhanced health screening is in place and border crossings between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam are closed. Anybody travelling to Laos with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and a travel history from coronavirus affected countries, will be isolated in hospital and tested. The hospitals being used are Mittaphab, Mahosot, Setthathirath and the National Military Hospital (103). All arrivals testing negative for COVID-19 will have to undergo 14 days quarantine at designated locations (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies). There is no compulsory COVID testing on departure from Laos.
    The Thai Government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are closed until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Only commercial goods are permitted to cross at present. There may be exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are no travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will be required to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are able to reopen, provided that COVID preventative measures are in place. These include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, maintaining 1m physical distancing, and checking temperatures. Some venues where the 1m social distancing rule cannot be applied, such as karaoke and night clubs, remain closed. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are now permitted as long as COVID-19 prevention measures and social distancing of 1m are in place. Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers.

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    29.07.2020
  • Laos *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Laos remain very limited. The Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points. No visas are being issued to people travelling from or transiting a country with ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. However, the authorities may consider granting entry permission for foreigners (experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are required for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos. Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders: All foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. All arrivals will be subject to a free COVID-19 test. Positive cases will be admitted to hospital for treatment. All negative cases have to undergo 14 days quarantine at designated locations (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies). The application form for the health declaration is available on the official website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [http://www.mofa.gov.la/index.php].
    There is compulsory free testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos. Those testing positive will be admitted to hospital for treatment. Enhanced health screening is in place and border crossings between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam are closed. Anybody travelling to Laos with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and a travel history from coronavirus affected countries, will be isolated in hospital and tested. The hospitals being used are Mittaphab, Mahosot, Setthathirath and the National Military Hospital (103). All arrivals testing negative for COVID-19 will have to undergo 14 days quarantine at designated locations (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies). There is no compulsory COVID testing on departure from Laos.
    The Thai Government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are closed until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Only commercial goods are permitted to cross at present. There may be exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are no travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will be required to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are able to reopen, provided that COVID preventative measures are in place. These include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, maintaining 1m physical distancing, and checking temperatures. Some venues where the 1m social distancing rule cannot be applied, such as karaoke and night clubs, remain closed. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are now permitted as long as COVID-19 prevention measures and social distancing of 1m are in place. Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers.

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    10.07.2020
  • Laos *****

    International restrictions:

    A number of airlines are programming flights to Vientiane from 1 July 2020.
    The Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points. No visas are being issued to people travelling from a country with COVID-19. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting entry permission for foreigners (experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are required for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos: All foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. All arrivals will be subject to a free COVID-19 test. Positive cases will be admitted to hospital for quarantine. All negative cases have to undergo 14 days quarantine at designated locations (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies). The application form for the health declaration is available on the official website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Border crossings remain closed, however the use of the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge for non-COVID 19 related medical emergencies is permitted by ambulance. Thailand currently allows only two crossings per annum at the land border between Laos and Thailand.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, and tourist attractions are able to reopen, provided that COVID preventative measures are in place. These include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, maintaining 1m physical distancing, and checking temperatures. Some venues where the 1m social distancing rule cannot be applied, such as karaokes and casinos for entertainment, remain closed. Social gatherings of more than 50 people remain prohibited. All travel restrictions between provinces have now been lifted. Public transport including domestic flights and buses have resumed services.

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    28.06.2020
  • Laos 1. Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended until 30 June 2020.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
    2. Passengers must have a PCR test result for Coronavirus (COVID-19) issued at most 72 hours before departure.
    3. A completed health declaration form must be presented upon arrival.
    4. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.
    5. Airline crew are subject to medical screening and quarantine until their next scheduled flight.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international checkpoints remain closed, and all inbound and outbound passenger flights are suspended until further notice. From 18 May, foreigners in Laos will be permitted to return to their home countries given prior registration with their own diplomatic missions in Laos, and approval from the Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been designated as the lead government agency to oversee assistance for foreign nationals seeking to return to their home countries. Lao nationals who work abroad and currently in Laos are also allowed to travel overseas, provided that entry is permitted by their country of arrival. Lao nationals who wish to return home are required to register with the Lao diplomatic mission in their current location, for further consideration by the authorities. The issuance of visa on arrival, visas issued by Lao diplomatic missions, eVisas and the provision of visa exemptions (including for ASEAN nationals) are suspended until further notice . However, individuals deemed by the government as experts, technicians and foreign workers that are crucial for major projects may be granted visas at the discretion of relevant authorities. Those intending to enter Laos must first obtain the approval of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control before proceeding to apply for a visa at the nearest Laos embassy. In addition, the traveller will also have to obtain a medical certificate indicating that he/she is tested COVID-19 negative, issued within 72 hours prior to embarking on the journey. Exempted travellers must undergo COVID-19 testing and will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated facilities. Foreigners currently in Laos with expiring visas from 4 May can apply for extensions at the department of immigration in Vientiane or the various provincial headquarters of the Public Security Department. Visas will be issued for non-tourist purposes only. Visitors must submit requisite information on their health and related documents to the Lao diplomatic missions in the country they are resident for approval before the intended date of travel. Visitors who arrive in the country without the necessary approval will be denied entry. The application form is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All traditional and international border checkpoints remain closed, exceptions apply to those with prior authorisation issued by the government and cargo.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Businesses, government agencies and transport services are allowed to resume operations amid further easing of domestic restrictions from 18 May until 1 June. The authorities also continue to encourage work from home arrangements. Indoor and outdoor sport activities are permitted. Schools have gradually reopened. Social distancing and strict disease prevention measures remain in place for all activities. However, entertainment venues remain closed. Unofficial gatherings, cultural and celebrative events with more than 50 people are banned. The relaxation of movement restriction until 1 June is temporary. The authorities might impose further lockdown measures in areas when there are new COVID-19 cases reported.      

    On June 1, the Government of Laos announced new entry and exit regulations to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19. These regulations complement the measures that the Government of Laos announced on May 29, which include: Public schools will continue to re-open, with all classes open by June 15; Some sport competitions are allowed, but without spectators; Night markets, restaurants with permits, and theatres may re-open but must observe standard social distancing and hygiene measures, including provision of a handwashing station; Nightclubs, karaoke venues, casinos, and game cafés remain closed; Most parties, celebrations, and private gatherings remain prohibited; Transportation of goods at international border points is permitted, but all borders remain closed to travel by the general public, with the exception of some individuals; Issuance of entry visas to individuals traveling or transiting countries with increasing COVID-19 infections remains suspended, with some exceptions. Standard social distancing and hygiene measures remain in place. These include keeping one meter distance from one another, hand washing/use of sanitizer, wearing masks, monitoring body temperature, and proper disinfection of areas.

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    24.06.2020
  • Laos 1. Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended until 30 June 2020.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
    2. Passengers must have a PCR test result for Coronavirus (COVID-19) issued at most 72 hours before departure.
    3. A completed health declaration form must be presented upon arrival.
    4. Passengers and airline crew are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    International restrictions:

    All international checkpoints remain closed, and all inbound and outbound passenger flights are suspended until further notice. From 18 May, foreigners in Laos will be permitted to return to their home countries given prior registration with their own diplomatic missions in Laos, and approval from the Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been designated as the lead government agency to oversee assistance for foreign nationals seeking to return to their home countries. Lao nationals who work abroad and currently in Laos are also allowed to travel overseas, provided that entry is permitted by their country of arrival. Lao nationals who wish to return home are required to register with the Lao diplomatic mission in their current location, for further consideration by the authorities. The issuance of visa on arrival, visas issued by Lao diplomatic missions, eVisas and the provision of visa exemptions (including for ASEAN nationals) are suspended until further notice . However, individuals deemed by the government as experts, technicians and foreign workers that are crucial for major projects may be granted visas at the discretion of relevant authorities. Those intending to enter Laos must first obtain the approval of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control before proceeding to apply for a visa at the nearest Laos embassy. In addition, the traveller will also have to obtain a medical certificate indicating that he/she is tested COVID-19 negative, issued within 72 hours prior to embarking on the journey. Exempted travellers must undergo COVID-19 testing and will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated facilities. Foreigners currently in Laos with expiring visas from 4 May can apply for extensions at the department of immigration in Vientiane or the various provincial headquarters of the Public Security Department. Visas will be issued for non-tourist purposes only. Visitors must submit requisite information on their health and related documents to the Lao diplomatic missions in the country they are resident for approval before the intended date of travel. Visitors who arrive in the country without the necessary approval will be denied entry. The application form is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All traditional and international border checkpoints remain closed, exceptions apply to those with prior authorisation issued by the government and cargo.

    Internal restrictions:

    Businesses, government agencies and transport services are allowed to resume operations amid further easing of domestic restrictions from 18 May until 1 June. The authorities also continue to encourage work from home arrangements. Indoor and outdoor sport activities are permitted. Schools have gradually reopened. Social distancing and strict disease prevention measures remain in place for all activities. However, entertainment venues remain closed. Unofficial gatherings, cultural and celebrative events with more than 50 people are banned. The relaxation of movement restriction until 1 June is temporary. The authorities might impose further lockdown measures in areas when there are new COVID-19 cases reported.      

    On June 1, the Government of Laos announced new entry and exit regulations to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19. These regulations complement the measures that the Government of Laos announced on May 29, which include: Public schools will continue to re-open, with all classes open by June 15; Some sport competitions are allowed, but without spectators; Night markets, restaurants with permits, and theatres may re-open but must observe standard social distancing and hygiene measures, including provision of a handwashing station; Nightclubs, karaoke venues, casinos, and game cafés remain closed; Most parties, celebrations, and private gatherings remain prohibited; Transportation of goods at international border points is permitted, but all borders remain closed to travel by the general public, with the exception of some individuals; Issuance of entry visas to individuals traveling or transiting countries with increasing COVID-19 infections remains suspended, with some exceptions. Standard social distancing and hygiene measures remain in place. These include keeping one meter distance from one another, hand washing/use of sanitizer, wearing masks, monitoring body temperature, and proper disinfection of areas.

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    23.06.2020
  • Laos 1. Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
    2. A completed health declaration form must be presented upon arrival.
    3. Passengers and airline crew are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    International restrictions:

    All international checkpoints remain closed, and all inbound and outbound passenger flights are suspended until further notice. From 18 May, foreigners in Laos will be permitted to return to their home countries given prior registration with their own diplomatic missions in Laos, and approval from the Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been designated as the lead government agency to oversee assistance for foreign nationals seeking to return to their home countries. Lao nationals who work abroad and currently in Laos are also allowed to travel overseas, provided that entry is permitted by their country of arrival. Lao nationals who wish to return home are required to register with the Lao diplomatic mission in their current location, for further consideration by the authorities. The issuance of visa on arrival, visas issued by Lao diplomatic missions, eVisas and the provision of visa exemptions (including for ASEAN nationals) are suspended until further notice . However, individuals deemed by the government as experts, technicians and foreign workers that are crucial for major projects may be granted visas at the discretion of relevant authorities. Those intending to enter Laos must first obtain the approval of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control before proceeding to apply for a visa at the nearest Laos embassy. In addition, the traveller will also have to obtain a medical certificate indicating that he/she is tested COVID-19 negative, issued within 72 hours prior to embarking on the journey. Exempted travellers must undergo COVID-19 testing and will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated facilities. Foreigners currently in Laos with expiring visas from 4 May can apply for extensions at the department of immigration in Vientiane or the various provincial headquarters of the Public Security Department. Visas will be issued for non-tourist purposes only. Visitors must submit requisite information on their health and related documents to the Lao diplomatic missions in the country they are resident for approval before the intended date of travel. Visitors who arrive in the country without the necessary approval will be denied entry. The application form is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All traditional and international border checkpoints remain closed, exceptions apply to those with prior authorisation issued by the government and cargo.

    Internal restrictions:

    Businesses, government agencies and transport services are allowed to resume operations amid further easing of domestic restrictions from 18 May until 1 June. The authorities also continue to encourage work from home arrangements. Indoor and outdoor sport activities are permitted. Schools have gradually reopened. Social distancing and strict disease prevention measures remain in place for all activities. However, entertainment venues remain closed. Unofficial gatherings, cultural and celebrative events with more than 50 people are banned. The relaxation of movement restriction until 1 June is temporary. The authorities might impose further lockdown measures in areas when there are new COVID-19 cases reported.      

    On June 1, the Government of Laos announced new entry and exit regulations to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19. These regulations complement the measures that the Government of Laos announced on May 29, which include: Public schools will continue to re-open, with all classes open by June 15; Some sport competitions are allowed, but without spectators; Night markets, restaurants with permits, and theatres may re-open but must observe standard social distancing and hygiene measures, including provision of a handwashing station; Nightclubs, karaoke venues, casinos, and game cafés remain closed; Most parties, celebrations, and private gatherings remain prohibited; Transportation of goods at international border points is permitted, but all borders remain closed to travel by the general public, with the exception of some individuals; Issuance of entry visas to individuals traveling or transiting countries with increasing COVID-19 infections remains suspended, with some exceptions. Standard social distancing and hygiene measures remain in place. These include keeping one meter distance from one another, hand washing/use of sanitizer, wearing masks, monitoring body temperature, and proper disinfection of areas.

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    22.06.2020
  • Laos Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.

    All land border crossings and airports will remain closed;
    Entry into Laos is granted only in very limited circumstances;
    All entrants will be subject to COVID-19 testing and a 14-day self-quarantine requirement at their own expense;

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    International restrictions:

    All international checkpoints remain closed, and all inbound and outbound passenger flights are suspended until further notice. From 18 May, foreigners in Laos will be permitted to return to their home countries given prior registration with their own diplomatic missions in Laos, and approval from the Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been designated as the lead government agency to oversee assistance for foreign nationals seeking to return to their home countries. Lao nationals who work abroad and currently in Laos are also allowed to travel overseas, provided that entry is permitted by their country of arrival. Lao nationals who wish to return home are required to register with the Lao diplomatic mission in their current location, for further consideration by the authorities. The issuance of visa on arrival, visas issued by Lao diplomatic missions, eVisas and the provision of visa exemptions (including for ASEAN nationals) are suspended until further notice . However, individuals deemed by the government as experts, technicians and foreign workers that are crucial for major projects may be granted visas at the discretion of relevant authorities. Those intending to enter Laos must first obtain the approval of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control before proceeding to apply for a visa at the nearest Laos embassy. In addition, the traveller will also have to obtain a medical certificate indicating that he/she is tested COVID-19 negative, issued within 72 hours prior to embarking on the journey. Exempted travellers must undergo COVID-19 testing and will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated facilities. Foreigners currently in Laos with expiring visas from 4 May can apply for extensions at the department of immigration in Vientiane or the various provincial headquarters of the Public Security Department. Visas will be issued for non-tourist purposes only. Visitors must submit requisite information on their health and related documents to the Lao diplomatic missions in the country they are resident for approval before the intended date of travel. Visitors who arrive in the country without the necessary approval will be denied entry. The application form is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All traditional and international border checkpoints remain closed, exceptions apply to those with prior authorisation issued by the government and cargo.

    Internal restrictions:

    Businesses, government agencies and transport services are allowed to resume operations amid further easing of domestic restrictions from 18 May until 1 June. The authorities also continue to encourage work from home arrangements. Indoor and outdoor sport activities are permitted. Schools have gradually reopened. Social distancing and strict disease prevention measures remain in place for all activities. However, entertainment venues remain closed. Unofficial gatherings, cultural and celebrative events with more than 50 people are banned. The relaxation of movement restriction until 1 June is temporary. The authorities might impose further lockdown measures in areas when there are new COVID-19 cases reported.      

    On June 1, the Government of Laos announced new entry and exit regulations to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19. These regulations complement the measures that the Government of Laos announced on May 29, which include: Public schools will continue to re-open, with all classes open by June 15; Some sport competitions are allowed, but without spectators; Night markets, restaurants with permits, and theatres may re-open but must observe standard social distancing and hygiene measures, including provision of a handwashing station; Nightclubs, karaoke venues, casinos, and game cafés remain closed; Most parties, celebrations, and private gatherings remain prohibited; Transportation of goods at international border points is permitted, but all borders remain closed to travel by the general public, with the exception of some individuals; Issuance of entry visas to individuals traveling or transiting countries with increasing COVID-19 infections remains suspended, with some exceptions. Standard social distancing and hygiene measures remain in place. These include keeping one meter distance from one another, hand washing/use of sanitizer, wearing masks, monitoring body temperature, and proper disinfection of areas.

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    10.06.2020
  • Laos Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended.
    – This does not apply to air medevac, humanitarian, relief, diplomat and repatriation flights with an entry permit obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao People’s Dem. Rep.
    – This does not apply to emergency flights or technical stops where passengers and airline crew do not disembark.

    All land border crossings and airports will remain closed;
    Entry into Laos is granted only in very limited circumstances;
    All entrants will be subject to COVID-19 testing and a 14-day self-quarantine requirement at their own expense;

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    International restrictions:

    All international checkpoints remain closed, and all inbound and outbound passenger flights are suspended until further notice. From 18 May, foreigners in Laos will be permitted to return to their home countries given prior registration with their own diplomatic missions in Laos, and approval from the Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been designated as the lead government agency to oversee assistance for foreign nationals seeking to return to their home countries. Lao nationals who work abroad and currently in Laos are also allowed to travel overseas, provided that entry is permitted by their country of arrival. Lao nationals who wish to return home are required to register with the Lao diplomatic mission in their current location, for further consideration by the authorities. The issuance of visa on arrival, visas issued by Lao diplomatic missions, eVisas and the provision of visa exemptions (including for ASEAN nationals) are suspended until further notice . However, individuals deemed by the government as experts, technicians and foreign workers that are crucial for major projects may be granted visas at the discretion of relevant authorities. Those intending to enter Laos must first obtain the approval of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control before proceeding to apply for a visa at the nearest Laos embassy. In addition, the traveller will also have to obtain a medical certificate indicating that he/she is tested COVID-19 negative, issued within 72 hours prior to embarking on the journey. Exempted travellers must undergo COVID-19 testing and will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated facilities. Foreigners currently in Laos with expiring visas from 4 May can apply for extensions at the department of immigration in Vientiane or the various provincial headquarters of the Public Security Department. Visas will be issued for non-tourist purposes only. Visitors must submit requisite information on their health and related documents to the Lao diplomatic missions in the country they are resident for approval before the intended date of travel. Visitors who arrive in the country without the necessary approval will be denied entry. The application form is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All traditional and international border checkpoints remain closed, exceptions apply to those with prior authorisation issued by the government and cargo.

    Internal restrictions:

    Businesses, government agencies and transport services are allowed to resume operations amid further easing of domestic restrictions from 18 May until 1 June. The authorities also continue to encourage work from home arrangements. Indoor and outdoor sport activities are permitted. Schools have gradually reopened. Social distancing and strict disease prevention measures remain in place for all activities. However, entertainment venues remain closed. Unofficial gatherings, cultural and celebrative events with more than 50 people are banned. The relaxation of movement restriction until 1 June is temporary. The authorities might impose further lockdown measures in areas when there are new COVID-19 cases reported.      

    On June 1, the Government of Laos announced new entry and exit regulations to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19. These regulations complement the measures that the Government of Laos announced on May 29, which include: Public schools will continue to re-open, with all classes open by June 15; Some sport competitions are allowed, but without spectators; Night markets, restaurants with permits, and theatres may re-open but must observe standard social distancing and hygiene measures, including provision of a handwashing station; Nightclubs, karaoke venues, casinos, and game cafés remain closed; Most parties, celebrations, and private gatherings remain prohibited; Transportation of goods at international border points is permitted, but all borders remain closed to travel by the general public, with the exception of some individuals; Issuance of entry visas to individuals traveling or transiting countries with increasing COVID-19 infections remains suspended, with some exceptions. Standard social distancing and hygiene measures remain in place. These include keeping one meter distance from one another, hand washing/use of sanitizer, wearing masks, monitoring body temperature, and proper disinfection of areas.

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    04.06.2020
  • Laos Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    International restrictions:

    All international checkpoints remain closed, and all inbound and outbound passenger flights are suspended until further notice. From 18 May, foreigners in Laos will be permitted to return to their home countries given prior registration with their own diplomatic missions in Laos, and approval from the Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been designated as the lead government agency to oversee assistance for foreign nationals seeking to return to their home countries. Lao nationals who work abroad and currently in Laos are also allowed to travel overseas, provided that entry is permitted by their country of arrival. Lao nationals who wish to return home are required to register with the Lao diplomatic mission in their current location, for further consideration by the authorities. The issuance of visa on arrival, visas issued by Lao diplomatic missions, eVisas and the provision of visa exemptions (including for ASEAN nationals) are suspended until further notice . However, individuals deemed by the government as experts, technicians and foreign workers that are crucial for major projects may be granted visas at the discretion of relevant authorities. Those intending to enter Laos must first obtain the approval of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control before proceeding to apply for a visa at the nearest Laos embassy. In addition, the traveller will also have to obtain a medical certificate indicating that he/she is tested COVID-19 negative, issued within 72 hours prior to embarking on the journey. Exempted travellers must undergo COVID-19 testing and will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated facilities. Foreigners currently in Laos with expiring visas from 4 May can apply for extensions at the department of immigration in Vientiane or the various provincial headquarters of the Public Security Department. Visas will be issued for non-tourist purposes only. Visitors must submit requisite information on their health and related documents to the Lao diplomatic missions in the country they are resident for approval before the intended date of travel. Visitors who arrive in the country without the necessary approval will be denied entry. The application form is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All traditional and international border checkpoints remain closed, exceptions apply to those with prior authorisation issued by the government and cargo.

    Internal restrictions:

    Businesses, government agencies and transport services are allowed to resume operations amid further easing of domestic restrictions from 18 May until 1 June. The authorities also continue to encourage work from home arrangements. Indoor and outdoor sport activities are permitted. Schools have gradually reopened. Social distancing and strict disease prevention measures remain in place for all activities. However, entertainment venues remain closed. Unofficial gatherings, cultural and celebrative events with more than 50 people are banned. The relaxation of movement restriction until 1 June is temporary. The authorities might impose further lockdown measures in areas when there are new COVID-19 cases reported.                                                                                           

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    01.06.2020
  • Laos Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended.

    International restrictions:

    All international checkpoints remain closed, and all inbound and outbound passenger flights are suspended until further notice. From 18 May, foreigners in Laos will be permitted to return to their home countries given prior registration with their own diplomatic missions in Laos, and approval from the Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been designated as the lead government agency to oversee assistance for foreign nationals seeking to return to their home countries. Lao nationals who work abroad and currently in Laos are also allowed to travel overseas, provided that entry is permitted by their country of arrival. Lao nationals who wish to return home are required to register with the Lao diplomatic mission in their current location, for further consideration by the authorities. The issuance of visa on arrival, visas issued by Lao diplomatic missions, eVisas and the provision of visa exemptions (including for ASEAN nationals) are suspended until further notice . However, individuals deemed by the government as experts, technicians and foreign workers that are crucial for major projects may be granted visas at the discretion of relevant authorities. Those intending to enter Laos must first obtain the approval of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control before proceeding to apply for a visa at the nearest Laos embassy. In addition, the traveller will also have to obtain a medical certificate indicating that he/she is tested COVID-19 negative, issued within 72 hours prior to embarking on the journey. Exempted travellers must undergo COVID-19 testing and will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated facilities. Foreigners currently in Laos with expiring visas from 4 May can apply for extensions at the department of immigration in Vientiane or the various provincial headquarters of the Public Security Department. Visas will be issued for non-tourist purposes only. Visitors must submit requisite information on their health and related documents to the Lao diplomatic missions in the country they are resident for approval before the intended date of travel. Visitors who arrive in the country without the necessary approval will be denied entry. The application form is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All traditional and international border checkpoints remain closed, exceptions apply to those with prior authorisation issued by the government and cargo.

    Internal restrictions:

    Businesses, government agencies and transport services are allowed to resume operations amid further easing of domestic restrictions from 18 May until 1 June. The authorities also continue to encourage work from home arrangements. Indoor and outdoor sport activities are permitted. Schools have gradually reopened. Social distancing and strict disease prevention measures remain in place for all activities. However, entertainment venues remain closed. Unofficial gatherings, cultural and celebrative events with more than 50 people are banned. The relaxation of movement restriction until 1 June is temporary. The authorities might impose further lockdown measures in areas when there are new COVID-19 cases reported.                                                                                           

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    18.05.2020
  • Laos Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended.

    International restrictions:

    All international checkpoints remain closed, and all inbound and outbound passenger flights are suspended until further notice. All foreign nationals who wish to return to their home country should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Laos. The issuance of visa on arrival, visas issued by Lao diplomatic missions, eVisas and the provision of visa exemptions (including for ASEAN nationals) are suspended until 17 May. However, individuals deemed by the government as experts, technicians and foreign workers that are crucial for major projects may be granted visas at the discretion of relevant authorities. Those intending to enter Laos must first obtain the approval of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control before proceeding to apply for a visa at the nearest Laos embassy. In addition, the traveller will also have to obtain a medical certificate issued within 72 hours prior to embarking on the journey. Exempted travellers must undergo COVID-19 testing and will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated facilities. Foreigners currently in Laos with expiring visas from 4 May can apply for extensions at the department of immigration in Vientiane or the various provincial headquarters of the Public Security Department. Visas will be issued for non-tourist purposes only. Visitors must submit requisite information on their health and related documents to the Lao diplomatic missions in the country they are resident for approval before the intended date of travel. Visitors who arrive in the country without the necessary approval will be denied entry. The application form is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Checkpoints at borders with Vietnam and Cambodia are closed. Four border checkpoints with Thailand have closed. Travellers who have visited a country with more than 100 coronavirus cases, visited provinces in neighbouring countries with more than three cases, or had close contact with a confirmed coronavirus case will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

    Internal restrictions:

    Temporary relaxation of domestic movement restrictions from 4 May to 17 May. While non-essential movement outside residences are allowed, inter-provincial movements remain prohibited. Most businesses are allowed to resume from 5 May – 17 May; strict disease prevention measures and work rotation plans must be in place. However, entertainment venues will remain closed during the temporary relaxation period. Gatherings of more than 10 people in public spaces are restricted. Schools have reopened since. Social distancing and strict hygiene measures will remain in place. The relaxation of movement restriction until 17 May is temporary. The authorities might impose further lockdown measures in areas when there are new COVID-19 cases reported.

    Source: https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/cc11d328-6a61-453e-8662-18387ca598a3 https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/abd2af6f-8fc8-41ab-8461-1847bcd8b7c6 https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/39411001-3e28-4652-b3b3-1851a0fe4fad https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening

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    12.05.2020
  • Laos The GOL has prepared isolation rooms at some hospitals for handling suspected COVID-19 cases.
    Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended.

    International restrictions:

    All international checkpoints remain closed, and all inbound and outbound passenger flights are suspended until further notice. All foreign nationals who wish to return to their home country should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Laos. The issuance of visa on arrival, visas issued by Lao diplomatic missions, eVisas and the provision of visa exemptions (including for ASEAN nationals) are suspended until 17 May. However, individuals deemed by the government as experts, technicians and foreign workers that are crucial for major projects may be granted visas at the discretion of relevant authorities. Exempted travellers must undergo COVID-19 testing and will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at designated facilities. Foreigners currently in Laos with expiring visas from 4 May can apply for extensions at the department of immigration in Vientiane or the various provincial headquarters of the Public Security Department. Visas will be issued for non-tourist purposes only. Visitors must submit requisite information on their health and related documents to the Lao diplomatic missions in the country they are resident for approval before the intended date of travel. Visitors who arrive in the country without the necessary approval will be denied entry. The application form is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Checkpoints at borders with Vietnam and Cambodia are closed. Four border checkpoints with Thailand have closed. Travellers who have visited a country with more than 100 coronavirus cases, visited provinces in neighbouring countries with more than three cases, or had close contact with a confirmed coronavirus case will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

    Internal restrictions:

    Temporary relaxation of domestic movement restrictions from 4 May to 17 May. While non-essential movement outside residences are allowed, inter-provincial movements remain prohibited.
    Most businesses are allowed to resume from 5 May – 17 May; strict disease prevention measures and work rotation plans must be in place. However, entertainment venues will remain closed during the temporary relaxation period.
    Gatherings of more than 10 people in public spaces are restricted. Schools have reopened since. Social distancing and strict hygiene measures will remain in place.
    The relaxation of movement restriction until 17 May is temporary. The authorities might impose further lockdown measures in areas when there are new COVID-19 cases reported.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Lao Government/
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