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Laos travel restrictions

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Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates
Published on 23.09.2021, Lao Airlines :

Lao Airlines suspends domestic flights

Published on 19.07.2020
Resumes flights on Vientiane-Hanoi route

Published on 18.06.2020
Lao Airlines May/June 2020 domestic operations

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

Only visas with a written authorization from Task Force Committee of Ministry of Foreign Affairs are considered valid.

All international flights are suspended
Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended until 31 March 2021.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.

Forced isolation
Passengers must have a reservation confirmation for 14 days at a designated hotel and transportation arrangements.

Passengers are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT – PCR test upon arrival at their own expense; and
– subject to medical screening upon arrival; and
– subject to quarantine for 14 days.

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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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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.

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Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2021-09-19
COVID-19 Total Vaccination:
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination:
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %):
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens):

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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  • Laos Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Laos: 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 cases of COVID-19, including the UK. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission for foreigners (e.g. experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos.
    Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders:
    • all foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. You should arrange to take a private test
    • all arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 test at their own expense. 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.
    *Screening on arrival: There is compulsory testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos at your own expense. Those testing positive will be admitted to hospital for treatment.
    Enhanced health screening is in place at border crossings between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam where restricted access is allowed. 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 requirements: 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). A mandatory tracking device is fitted on arrival (a rental fee applies) to be worn during quarantine.
    All travellers must have insurance covering COVID-19; a suitable policy is available for purchase on arrival.
    *Testing on departure: There is no compulsory COVID testing on departure from Laos. You should check all conditions of air ticket purchases carefully with airlines as some may need evidence of a negative COVID test to travel.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Effective August 31, 2021, under the authority of the previously announced lockdown, the Mayor of Vientiane Capital ordered increased COVID-19 restrictions and imposed a curfew in the nation’s capital.
    The curfew prohibits all road traffic in Vientiane Capital from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., except for freight transportation vehicles, emergency vehicles, and vehicles authorized by the COVID-19 Taskforce.
    Entry into neighborhoods with community transmission (red zones) remains prohibited without special permission from the Taskforce. Police might set up checkpoints to enforce the order. Anyone who resides in a red zone is prohibited from entering Vientiane Capital. Movement and access to supplies may be temporarily limited in red zones.
    *Travel in Laos: Some restrictions on travel within Laos have been extended until 15 September 2021. According to the Lao authorities, public transport by land and air is permitted between provinces where community transmission has not been identified. The government has announced that travel from Vientiane Capital is permitted for people who can show they have been fully vaccinated before travel. However, given the low number of people who currently meet this requirement there are few public transport options available in practice. Some limited domestic flight services have resumed for eligible travellers who are fully vaccinated and have permission to travel from the Lao authorities (permission is also required for anyone if travelling with unvaccinated children).
    You should monitor local official announcements for guidance in the latest restrictions. There may be short notice lockdowns introduced in provinces with reports of COVID-19 outbreaks.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must
    apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health .
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: The Lao authorities have announced an easing of lockdown restrictions in provinces with no COVID-19 infections. Most businesses (including gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping malls, retail shops and food markets) may open if COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, 1m physical distancing and checking temperatures. However, some entertainment venues remain closed and the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
    Large social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are not permitted. In Vientiane Capital many of the COVID-19 prevention measures and lockdown restrictions have been extended until 15 September as community transmission remains a risk. Many businesses, restaurants (service of alcohol is prohibited), shopping malls, retail shops and food markets may open if COVID-19 prevention measures are in place. The main restrictions are:
    • Vientiane Capital has introduced a zoning system, with different parts of the city graded red, yellow or green – restrictions are heaviest in the red areas. These zones may change over time
    • curfew applied in Vientiane Capital from 10pm to 5am, except for delivery of goods, food delivery and medical equipment, ambulances, fire trucks, emergency rescues, Task Force Committee and authorised duty vehicles
    • travel in and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited from infected areas
    • closure of all indoor and outdoor sports complexes and a ban on any type of sports competition activities. Outdoor exercise in public areas where there is an ongoing community outbreak, is not permitted
    • meetings, events or gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited
    • entertainment venues, karaoke venues, bars, internet cafes, cinemas, spas, casinos and gaming shops are closed
    • entrance to some commercial premises requires that you are fully vaccinated, you should confirm in advance and carry evidence of your vaccine record
    • barber shops and Beauty Salons may not operate after 7pm
    • wholesale and retail shops, supermarkets, minimarts, fresh markets and food vendors may not operate after 8pm
    Further measures may be introduced at short notice, including measures applying to individual provinces. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

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    22.09.2021
  • Laos Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown will be extended until 2 September (Xinhua, 19.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Laos: 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 cases of COVID-19, including the UK. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission for foreigners (e.g. experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos.
    Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders:
    • all foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. You should arrange to take a private test
    • all arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 test at their own expense. 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.
    *Screening on arrival: There is compulsory testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos at your own expense. Those testing positive will be admitted to hospital for treatment.
    Enhanced health screening is in place at border crossings between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam where restricted access is allowed. 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 requirements: 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). A mandatory tracking device is fitted on arrival (a rental fee applies) to be worn during quarantine.
    All travellers must have insurance covering COVID-19; a suitable policy is available for purchase on arrival.
    *Testing on departure: There is no compulsory COVID testing on departure from Laos. You should check all conditions of air ticket purchases carefully with airlines as some may need evidence of a negative COVID test to travel.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Effective August 31, 2021, under the authority of the previously announced lockdown, the Mayor of Vientiane Capital ordered increased COVID-19 restrictions and imposed a curfew in the nation’s capital.
    The curfew prohibits all road traffic in Vientiane Capital from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., except for freight transportation vehicles, emergency vehicles, and vehicles authorized by the COVID-19 Taskforce.
    Entry into neighborhoods with community transmission (red zones) remains prohibited without special permission from the Taskforce. Police might set up checkpoints to enforce the order. Anyone who resides in a red zone is prohibited from entering Vientiane Capital. Movement and access to supplies may be temporarily limited in red zones.
    *Travel in Laos: Some restrictions on travel within Laos have been extended until 15 September 2021. According to the Lao authorities, public transport by land and air is permitted between provinces where community transmission has not been identified. The government has announced that travel from Vientiane Capital is permitted for people who can show they have been fully vaccinated before travel. However, given the low number of people who currently meet this requirement there are few public transport options available in practice. Some limited domestic flight services have resumed for eligible travellers who are fully vaccinated and have permission to travel from the Lao authorities (permission is also required for anyone if travelling with unvaccinated children).
    You should monitor local official announcements for guidance in the latest restrictions. There may be short notice lockdowns introduced in provinces with reports of COVID-19 outbreaks.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must
    apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health .
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: The Lao authorities have announced an easing of lockdown restrictions in provinces with no COVID-19 infections. Most businesses (including gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping malls, retail shops and food markets) may open if COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, 1m physical distancing and checking temperatures. However, some entertainment venues remain closed and the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
    Large social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are not permitted. In Vientiane Capital many of the COVID-19 prevention measures and lockdown restrictions have been extended until 15 September as community transmission remains a risk. Many businesses, restaurants (service of alcohol is prohibited), shopping malls, retail shops and food markets may open if COVID-19 prevention measures are in place. The main restrictions are:
    • Vientiane Capital has introduced a zoning system, with different parts of the city graded red, yellow or green – restrictions are heaviest in the red areas. These zones may change over time
    • curfew applied in Vientiane Capital from 10pm to 5am, except for delivery of goods, food delivery and medical equipment, ambulances, fire trucks, emergency rescues, Task Force Committee and authorised duty vehicles
    • travel in and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited from infected areas
    • closure of all indoor and outdoor sports complexes and a ban on any type of sports competition activities. Outdoor exercise in public areas where there is an ongoing community outbreak, is not permitted
    • meetings, events or gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited
    • entertainment venues, karaoke venues, bars, internet cafes, cinemas, spas, casinos and gaming shops are closed
    • entrance to some commercial premises requires that you are fully vaccinated, you should confirm in advance and carry evidence of your vaccine record
    • barber shops and Beauty Salons may not operate after 7pm
    • wholesale and retail shops, supermarkets, minimarts, fresh markets and food vendors may not operate after 8pm
    Further measures may be introduced at short notice, including measures applying to individual provinces. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

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    02.09.2021
  • Laos Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown will be extended until 2 September (Xinhua, 19.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Laos: 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 cases of COVID-19, including the UK. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission for foreigners (e.g. experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos.
    Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders:
    • all foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. You should arrange to take a private test
    • all arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 test at their own expense. 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.
    *Screening on arrival: There is compulsory testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos at your own expense. Those testing positive will be admitted to hospital for treatment.
    Enhanced health screening is in place at border crossings between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam where restricted access is allowed. 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 requirements: 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). A mandatory tracking device is fitted on arrival (a rental fee applies) to be worn during quarantine.
    All travellers must have insurance covering COVID-19; a suitable policy is available for purchase on arrival.
    *Testing on departure: There is no compulsory COVID testing on departure from Laos. You should check all conditions of air ticket purchases carefully with airlines as some may need evidence of a negative COVID test to travel.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Laos: Some restrictions on travel within Laos have been extended until 2 September 2021. According to the Lao authorities, public transport by land and air is permitted between provinces where community transmission has not been identified. The government has announced that travel from Vientiane Capital is permitted for people who can show they have been fully vaccinated before travel. However given the low number of people who currently meet this requirement there are few public transport options available in practice. Some limited domestic flight services have resumed for eligible travellers who are fully vaccinated and have permission to travel from the Lao authorities (permission is also required for anyone if travelling with unvaccinated children).
    You should monitor local official announcements for guidance in the latest restrictions. There may be short notice lockdowns introduced in provinces with reports of COVID-19 outbreaks.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: The Lao authorities have announced an easing of lockdown restrictions in provinces with no COVID-19 infections. Most businesses (including gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping malls, retail shops and food markets) may open if COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, 1m physical distancing and checking temperatures. However, some entertainment venues remain closed and the sale of alcohol is prohibited. Large social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are not permitted.
    In Vientiane Capital many of the COVID-19 prevention measures and lockdown restrictions have been extended until 2 September as community transmission remains a risk. Many businesses, restaurants, shopping malls, retail shops and food markets may open if COVID prevention measures are in place. The main restrictions are:
    • Vientiane Capital has introduced a zoning system, with different parts of the city graded red, yellow or green – restrictions are heaviest in the red areas. These zones may change over time
    • Travel in and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited from infected areas
    • Meetings, events or gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited
    • Some entertainment venues, karaoke venues, bars, internet cafes are closed
    • Entrance to some commercial premises requires that you are fully vaccinated, please confirm in advance and carry evidence of your vaccine record.
    Further measures may be introduced at short notice, including measures applying to individual provinces. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

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    23.08.2021
  • Laos Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 3 August (Xinhua, 19.07.2021). Government extends ongoing COVID-19 lockdown until 19 July (Xinhua, 04.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Laos: 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 cases of COVID-19, including the UK. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission for foreigners (e.g. experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos.
    Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders:
    • all foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. You should arrange to take a private test
    • all arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 test at their own expense. 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.
    *Screening on arrival: There is compulsory testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos at your own expense. Those testing positive will be admitted to hospital for treatment.
    Enhanced health screening is in place at border crossings between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam where restricted access is allowed. 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 requirements: 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). A mandatory tracking device is fitted on arrival (a rental fee applies) to be worn during quarantine.
    All travellers must have insurance covering COVID-19; a suitable policy is available for purchase on arrival.
    *Testing on departure: There is no compulsory COVID testing on departure from Laos. You should check all conditions of air ticket purchases carefully with airlines as some may need evidence of a negative COVID test to travel.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Laos: Some restrictions on travel within Laos have been extended until 3 August 2021. According to the Lao authorities, public transport by land and air is permitted between provinces where community transmission has not been identified. The government has announced that travel from Vientiane Capital is permitted for people who can show they have been fully vaccinated before travel. However given the low number of people who currently meet this requirement there are few public transport options available in practice. Some limited domestic flight services have resumed for eligible travellers who are fully vaccinated and have permission to travel from the Lao authorities (permission is also required for anyone if travelling with unvaccinated children).
    You should monitor local official announcements for guidance in the latest restrictions. There may be short notice lockdowns introduced in provinces with reports of COVID-19 outbreaks.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform
    . You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, theRoyal Thai Embassy in Vientiane , and the Thai Ministry of Public Health
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: The Lao authorities have announced an easing of lockdown restrictions in provinces with no COVID-19 infections. Most businesses (including gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping malls, retail shops and food markets) may open if COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, 1m physical distancing and checking temperatures. However, some entertainment venues remain closed and the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
    Large social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are not permitted.
    In Vientiane Capital many of the COVID-19 prevention measures and lockdown restrictions have been extended until 3 August as community transmission remains a risk. Many businesses, restaurants, shopping malls, retail shops and food markets may open if COVID prevention measures are in place. The main restrictions are:
    • Vientiane Capital has introduced a zoning system, with different parts of the city graded red, yellow or green – restrictions are heaviest in the red areas. These zones may change over time
    • Travel in and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited from infected areas
    • Meetings, events or gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited
    • Some entertainment venues, karaoke venues, bars, internet cafes are closed
    • Entrance to some commercial premises requires that you are fully vaccinated, please confirm in advance and carry evidence of your vaccine record.
    Further measures may be introduced at short notice, including measures applying to individual provinces. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.
    *Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

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    26.07.2021
  • Laos Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 4 July (Urdu Point, 19.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Laos: 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 cases of COVID-19, including the UK. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission for foreigners (e.g. experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos.
    Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders:
    • all foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. You should arrange to take a private test
    • all arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 test at their own expense. 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.
    *Screening on arrival: There is compulsory testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos at your own expense. Those testing positive will be admitted to hospital for treatment.
    Enhanced health screening is in place at border crossings between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam where restricted access is allowed. 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 requirements: 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). A mandatory tracking device is fitted on arrival (a rental fee applies) to be worn during quarantine.
    All travellers must have insurance covering COVID-19; a suitable policy is available for purchase on arrival.
    *Testing on departure: There is no compulsory COVID testing on departure from Laos. You should check all conditions of air ticket purchases carefully with airlines as some may need evidence of a negative COVID test to travel.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Laos: Some restrictions on travel within Laos have been extended until 4 July 2021. According to the Lao authorities, public transport by land and air is permitted between provinces where community transmission has not been identified. The government has announced that travel from Vientiane Capital is permitted for people who can show they have been fully vaccinated before travel. However given the low number of people who currently meet this requirement there are few public transport options available in practice. Some limited domestic flight services should resume from 25 June 2021 for eligible travellers who are fully vaccinated and have permission to travel from the Lao authorities.
    Please monitor local official announcements for guidance in the latest restrictions.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must

    apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform
    . You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs,the
    Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane,and the Thai
    Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: The Lao authorities have announced an easing of lockdown restrictions in provinces with no COVID-19 infections. Most businesses (including gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping malls, retail shops and food markets) may open if COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, 1m physical distancing and checking temperatures. However, some entertainment venues remain closed and the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
    Large social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are not permitted.
    In Vientiane Capital many of the COVID-19 prevention measures and lockdown restrictions have been extended until 4 July as community transmission remains. Many businesses, restaurants, shopping malls, retail shops and food markets may open if COVID prevention measures are in place. The main restrictions are:
    • Vientiane Capital has introduced a zoning system, with different parts of the city graded red, yellow or green – restrictions are heaviest in the red areas. These zones may change over time
    • Travel in and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited from infected areas
    • Meetings, events or gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited
    • Entertainment venues, karaoke venues, bars, internet cafes, spas, and gyms are closed
    Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Read more
    24.06.2021
  • Laos Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 4 June (Xinhua, 20.05.2021). Government extends lockdown restrictions until 20 May (China.org, 04.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Laos: 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 cases of COVID-19, including the UK. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission for foreigners (experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos.
    Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders:
    • all foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. You should arrange to take a private test
    • all arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 test at their own expense. 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.
    *Screening on arrival: There is compulsory testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos at your own expense. Those testing positive will be admitted to hospital for treatment.
    Enhanced health screening is in place at border crossings between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam where restricted access is allowed. 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 requirements: 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). A mandatory tracking device is fitted on arrival (a rental fee applies) to be worn during quarantine.
    All travellers must have insurance covering COVID-19; a suitable policy is available for purchase on arrival.
    *Testing on departure: There is no compulsory COVID testing on departure from Laos. You should check all conditions of air ticket purchases carefully with airlines as some may need evidence of a negative COVID test to travel.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Laos: The suspension of all internal flights and public transport options in Laos has been extended until 4 June 2021. Travel into and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited. The majority of provinces across Laos are now in lockdown. Please monitor local official announcements for guidance in the latest restrictions.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are closed. Some businesses, restaurants, shops and food markets may be open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures.
    Large social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are not. On 21 April, a notice from the Prime Minister’s Office ordered a lockdown of Vientiane Capital. We understand that the main restrictions are:
    • People may only leave their residences for essential purposes (e.g. medical treatment or buying groceries)
    • Non-essential workers should work from home
    • Travel into and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited.
    • Meetings, events or gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited
    • Entertainment venues, karaoke venues, bars, internet cafes, spas, and gyms are closed.
    These additional COVID-19 prevention measures have been introduced with immediate effect and has been extended until 4 June 2021. Vientiane Capital has introduced a zoning system, with different parts of the city graded red, yellow or green – restrictions are heaviest in the red areas. Please be advised these zones may change over time.
    Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

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    21.05.2021
  • Laos Latest News: Government extends lockdown restrictions until 20 May (China.org, 04.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Laos: 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 cases of COVID-19, including the UK. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission for foreigners (experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos.
    Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders:
    • all foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. You should arrange to take a private test
    • all arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 test at their own expense. 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.
    *Screening on arrival: There is compulsory testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos at your own expense. Those testing positive will be admitted to hospital for treatment.
    Enhanced health screening is in place at border crossings between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam where restricted access is allowed. 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 requirements: 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). A mandatory tracking device is fitted on arrival (a rental fee applies) to be worn during quarantine.
    All travellers must have insurance covering COVID-19; a suitable policy is available for purchase on arrival.
    *Testing on departure: There is no compulsory COVID testing on departure from Laos. You should check all conditions of air ticket purchases carefully with airlines as some may need evidence of a negative COVID test to travel.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Entry and borders: 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 needed for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos. See Entry requirements.
    The closure of all customary international land borders has been extended until 20 May 2021.
    *Travel in Laos: The suspension of all internal flights and public transport options in Laos has been extended until 20 May 2021. Travel into and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited. The majority of provinces across Laos are now in lockdown. Please monitor local official announcements for guidance in the latest restrictions.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures.
    Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place.
    On 21 April, a notice from the Prime Minister’s Office ordered a lockdown of Vientiane Capital. We understand that the main restrictions are:
    • People may only leave their residences for essential purposes (e.g. medical treatment or buying groceries)
    • Non-essential workers should work from home
    • Travel into and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited.
    • Meetings, events or gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited
    • Entertainment venues, karaoke venues, bars, internet cafes, spas, and gyms are closed.
    These additional COVID-19 prevention measures have been introduced with immediate effect and has been extended until 20 May 2021.
    Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

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    10.05.2021
  • Laos Latest News: Government extends lockdown restrictions until 20 May (China.org, 04.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry and borders: 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 needed for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos.
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask on an aeroplane. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities. If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Laos: The suspension of all internal flights and public transport options in Laos has been extended until 20 May 2021. Travel into and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited. The majority of provinces across Laos are now in lockdown. Please monitor local official announcements for guidance in the latest restrictions.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place.
    On 21 April, a notice from the Prime Minister’s Office ordered a lockdown of Vientiane Capital. We understand that the main restrictions are:
    • People may only leave their residences for essential purposes (e.g. medical treatment or buying groceries)
    • Non-essential workers should work from home
    • Travel into and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited.
    • Meetings, events or gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited
    • Entertainment venues, karaoke venues, bars, internet cafes, spas, and gyms are closed.
    These additional COVID-19 prevention measures have been introduced with immediate effect and will remain in place until midnight on 5 May 2021.
    Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

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    07.05.2021
  • Laos Latest News: Capital now under lockdown order until 5 May; borders closed to most traffic following COVID-19 outbreak (AP, 22.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry and borders: 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 needed for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos.
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask on an aeroplane. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities. If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Laos: All internal flights and public transport options in Laos have been suspended until midnight on 5 May 2021.
    Travel into and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited. The Embassy understands that travel by private vehicle in other provinces is allowed. The majority of provinces across Laos are now in lockdown. Please monitor local official announcements for guidance in the latest restrictions.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities. If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place. On 21 April, a notice from the Prime Minister’s Office ordered a lockdown of Vientiane Capital. We understand that the main restrictions are:
    • People may only leave their residences for essential purposes (e.g. medical treatment or buying groceries)
    • Non-essential workers should work from home
    • Travel into and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited.
    • Meetings, events or gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited
    • Entertainment venues, karaoke venues, bars, internet cafes, spas, and gyms are closed.
    These additional COVID-19 prevention measures have been introduced with immediate effect and will remain in place until midnight on 5 May 2021.
    Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

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    26.04.2021
  • Laos Latest News: Capital now under lockdown order until 5 May; borders closed to most traffic following COVID-19 outbreak (AP, 22.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry and borders: 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 needed for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos.
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask on an aeroplane. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities. If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Laos: All internal flights and public transport options in Laos have been suspended until midnight on 5 May 2021.
    Travel into and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited. The Embassy understands that travel by private vehicle in other provinces is allowed.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities. If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place. On 21 April, a notice from the Prime Minister’s Office ordered a lockdown of Vientiane Capital. We understand that the main restrictions are:
    • People may only leave their residences for essential purposes (e.g. medical treatment or buying groceries)
    • Non-essential workers should work from home
    • Travel into and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited.
    • Meetings, events or gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited
    • Entertainment venues, karaoke venues, bars, internet cafes, spas, and gyms are closed.
    These additional COVID-19 prevention measures have been introduced with immediate effect and will remain in place until midnight on 5 May 2021.
    Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Read more
    22.04.2021
  • Laos Latest News

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry and borders: 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 needed for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos.
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask on an aeroplane. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities. If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Internal Restrictions: *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask on an aeroplane. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. Local lockdowns are in force in the southern part of the Xayaboury province covering Kenethao and Boten, close to the Thai border. The provincial Vice Governor has issued an order for the period 11 to 18 April. You should consult with local authorities before considering travel to those areas.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures.
    Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place. On 13 April, a notice from the Prime Minister’s Office ordered the temporary closure of some entertainment venues, such as karaoke bars and drinking establishments, in Vientiane Capital province. These additional COVID-19 prevention measures have been introduced with immediate effect and are expected to remain in place until the end of April. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

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    14.04.2021
  • Laos Latest News

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry and borders: 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 needed for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos.
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask on an aeroplane. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities. If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask on an aeroplane. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. Local lockdowns are in force in the southern part of the Xayaboury province covering Kenethao and Boten, close to the Thai border. The provincial Vice Governor has issued an order for the period 11 to 18 April. You should consult with local authorities before considering travel to those areas.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures.
    Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place.
    Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

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    13.04.2021
  • Laos Latest News

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry and borders: 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 needed for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos.
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask on an aeroplane. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations.
    *Thailand land border: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities. If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, and checking temperatures. Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events are permitted as long as appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures are in place. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. On 4 December a localised travel restriction was introduced on entering or leaving Luang Namtha Province; please check with local authorities before travelling to that area, and confirm any internal flights with the airline.
    *Travel via Thailand: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations 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. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

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    12.04.2021
  • Laos Latest News

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Laos: 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 cases of COVID-19, including the UK. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission for foreigners (experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos.
    Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders:
    – all foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. You should arrange to take a private test.
    – all arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 test at their own expense. 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).
    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.
    *Screening on arrival: There is compulsory testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos at your own expense. 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 requirements: 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. You should check all conditions of air ticket purchases carefully with airlines as some may need evidence of a negative COVID test to travel.
    Public health requirements for humanitarian flights here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. On 4 December a localised travel restriction was introduced on entering or leaving Luang Namtha Province; please check with local authorities before travelling to that area, and confirm any internal flights with the airline.
    *Travel via Thailand: The Thai government has announced that all Thailand-Laos border crossings are restricted until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai. Commercial goods are permitted to cross at present and there have been exemptions for medical emergencies at the discretion of the Laos and Thai medical authorities.
    If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, and the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations 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. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Read more
    09.04.2021
  • Laos Latest News: Laos: Borders remain closed to foreigners but resume flights on Vientiane-Hanoi route (The Star, 19.07.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Laos: 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 cases of COVID-19, including the UK. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission for foreigners (experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos.
    Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders:
    – all foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. You should arrange to take a private test.
    – all arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 test at their own expense. 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).
    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.
    *Screening on arrival: There is compulsory testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos at your own expense. 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 requirements: 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. You should check all conditions of air ticket purchases carefully with airlines as some may need evidence of a negative COVID test to travel.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flights here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. On 4 December a localised travel restriction was introduced on entering or leaving Luang Namtha Province; please check with local authorities before travelling to that area, and confirm any internal flights with the airline.
    *Travel via Thailand: An Emergency Decree is currently in force stating all foreign nationals are barred from entering or transiting Thailand except in certain limited circumstances. If you do not meet these criteria you should not try to enter or transit Thailand. You should check the Thailand travel advice for further details. 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.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations 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. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Read more
    04.02.2021
  • Laos Latest News: Laos: Borders remain closed to foreigners but resume flights on Vientiane-Hanoi route (The Star, 19.07.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Laos: 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 cases of COVID-19, including the UK. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission for foreigners (experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos.
    Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders:
    – all foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. You should arrange to take a private test.
    – all arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 test at their own expense. 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).
    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.
    *Screening on arrival: There is compulsory testing for COVID-19 on arrival in Laos at your own expense. 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 requirements: 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. You should check all conditions of air ticket purchases carefully with airlines as some may need evidence of a negative COVID test to travel.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flights here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. On 4 December a localised travel restriction was introduced on entering or leaving Luang Namtha Province; please check with local authorities before travelling to that area, and confirm any internal flights with the airline.
    *Travel via Thailand: An Emergency Decree is currently in force stating all foreign nationals are barred from entering or transiting Thailand except in certain limited circumstances. If you do not meet these criteria you should not try to enter or transit Thailand. You should check the Thailand travel advice for further details. 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.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations 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. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Read more
    27.01.2021
  • 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:
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. On 4 December a localised travel restriction was introduced on entering or leaving Luang Namtha Province; please check with local authorities before travelling to that area, and confirm any internal flights with the airline.
    *Travel via Thailand: An Emergency Decree is currently in force stating all foreign nationals are barred from entering or transiting Thailand except in certain limited circumstances. If you do not meet these criteria you should not try to enter or transit Thailand. You should check the Thailand travel advice for further details. 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.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations 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. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Read more
    23.12.2020
  • 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.
    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:
    *Travel in Laos: There are no national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. On 4 December a localised travel restriction was introduced on entering or leaving Luang Namtha Province; please check with local authorities before travelling to that area, and confirm any internal flights with the airline.
    *Travel via Thailand: An Emergency Decree is currently in force stating all foreign nationals are barred from entering or transiting Thailand except in certain limited circumstances. If you do not meet these criteria you should not try to enter or transit Thailand. You should check the Thailand travel advice for further details. 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.
    *Accommodation: Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
    *Public places and services: Most businesses including restaurants, shops, food markets, gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, cinemas, casinos and tourist attractions are open. In some locations 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. Further measures may be introduced at short notice. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.

    Read more
    14.12.2020
  • 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.
    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 national travel restrictions within Laos and taxis, public transport and domestic flights have resumed services. You will need to wear a mask. Temperature checks are in operation in some locations. On 4 December a localised travel restriction was introduced on entering or leaving Luang Namtha Province; please check with local authorities before travelling to that area, and confirm any internal flights with the airline.

    Read more
    04.12.2020
  • 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.
    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.

    Read more
    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.

    Read more
    30.09.2020
  • 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]. 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/]

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    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.

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    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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