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Laos Travel Guide

Laos – Luscious landscapes, winding rivers, beautiful people.  The country that has an experience to offer everyone, and will ensure you take away long lasting and treasured memories.

COVID-19 TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR LAO

On 9 May 2022 Laos opened its borders. Entry requirements are:

  • All international checkpoints will be open for entry and exit by Lao citizens, foreign residents, tourists, and other types of visitors.
  • Citizens of countries that have bilateral or unilateral visa waiver agreements with Laos may now enter Laos without the need for a visa.
  • Citizens of countries that do not have a visa waiver agreement with Laos may now apply for a visa at a Lao embassy or consulate abroad or via the e-Visa online system. Visa on arrivals will also be reinstated at certain international checkpoints.
  • Fully vaccinated foreigners or Lao citizens carrying a vaccination certificate may enter Laos without any screening or testing for Covid-19 when arriving by land, air, or water.
  • Non-vaccinated citizens of Laos, foreign citizens, or residents aged 12 years and over must take a Rapid Antigen Test (ATK) not more than 48 hours prior to departure and present the results upon arrival.
  • Foreign arrivals in Laos that become infected with Covid-19 must bear responsibility for any and all medical costs involved in treatment.
  • Private vehicles may now enter and exit the territory of Laos via checkpoints as prior to the pandemic. Guidelines regarding this measure will be drafted and publicized by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

COVID-19 Procedures within Laos.
Travelers can expect to follow standard COVID-19 hygiene measures such as wearing masks in public places, in vehicles, and frequent hand-sanitizing. We have implemented a COVID-19 safety procedure for staff, guides and drivers who will wear masks and hotels will practice contactless check-ins.

For other Visa related information see our Travel Guide.

We are taking bookings and operating tours.

 

Previous Updates on Laos COVID-19 information

15 Apr: The National Taskforce for COVID-19 prevention and control has said that they are actively preparing for a full reopening. Under new regulations, travellers will need two tests, one RT-PCR test 72 hours before departure and one rapid antigen test on arrival. Those with negative antigen tests will be able to travel freely in the country. The PM has agreed “in principle” to a reopening and that they should “draw upon lessons from neighbouring countries”. Tourists who have recovered from COVID-19 will not need to take a RTPCR test before entering Laos.
01 Apr 2022: 505 international tourists from 26 countries travel to Laos under Green Travel Zone scheme as of 1 Apr. Domestic tourists in 2021 reach just 831,493, down from 2020’s 1,581,100./ Laos starting 4th dose of vaccine.
24 Mar 2022: The border gates between Son La in Vietnam and Houaphanh province in Laos are set to reopen on 1 Apr.
17 Mar 2022: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has eased entry requirements for Lao nationals and foreigners with multiple-entry visas, labor visas or spouse visas. They will no longer need to apply for a Certificate of Entry from the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs and can instead use the Green Pass online visa portal to apply for a QR code for entry.
8 Mar 2022: Foreigners who want to enter Laos must register for a QR code (Vaccine ID) at the Lao Green Pass website. As of 4 Mar, 22 applications were approved, with 156 pending, and 1 rejected.
2 Mar 2022: Laos has launched a new online portal that is authorized to issue the Lao Green Pass visas for certain visitors, including diplomats, employees of international organizations, business people and investors, foreigners residing in Laos and overseas Lao people.
3 Feb 2022: Quarantine rules have been relaxed. Government representatives, Lao nationals, foreign nationals who are technical experts, students and overseas Lao returning from abroad will now be able to undertake a facility quarantine for 48 hours, whilst awaiting their RT-PCR test result, and can then self-quarantine at home for 7 days. Group tours under the Green Travel Zone will also need to wait for 48 hours at an approved hotel before starting tourism activities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has now been authorized to grant tourist visas for group tourists under the Green Travel Zone plan, so long as tourists create vaccine IDs under the Lao app, Lao KYC. The government has said that Laos is in talks with neighboring countries for the reopening of borders

24 Jan 2022: 118,880 Cases, 437 deaths. 53% fully vaccinated.

21 Jan: A new notice issued by the Prime Minister’s Office has instructed authorities to consider easing certain Covid measures, including restrictions on entry to the country. The Prime Minister’s Office has authorized the Green Travel Zone reopening plan to continue while ensuring that the country’s health system will be able to cope in case of an influx of cases. Certain groups are being considered, including businesspeople, employees, entrepreneurs, and others, in order to better encourage business and investment to help the economy recover.

15 Jan: Laos is to increase production of its Molacovir medication used to treat Covid-19 in order to meet rising demand

13 Jan: Australia has donated 905,580 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine and 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine.

09 Jan 2022: 118,880 Cases, 437 deaths. 42% fully vaccinated.

On 31 Dec, Laos added 14 more countries to its Green Travel Zone Plan, including Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Israel, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, New Zealand, Poland, Denmark, and Belgium. This now brings it to a total of 31 countries permitted to enter.

17 Dec 2021: Laos Announces Travel Conditions for 2022 Reopening

The first phase will be from 1 January to 30 March 2022, the second phase from 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2022, and the third phase from 1 July 2022 onward. Tourists from an initial list of countries will be allowed to travel to the country during the first phase. The list of countries includes China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, France, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, United States, Canada, and Australia. Tourism will be restricted to group tours at first, with tours arranged by authorized tour operators under the Lao Travel Green Zone Plan.

During Phase 1, tourists will be able to enter Laos by air via Wattay International Airport and by land across the First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane Capital. More borders will reopen in Phase 2, including Luang Prabang International Airport, Boten-Bohan border with China in Luang Namtha Province, the Third Friendship Bridge in Thakhek, the Second Friendship Bridge in Savannakhet, the Chongmek border in Pakse, the Lao Bao border with Vietnam in Savannakhet Province, and Nam Phao border (Luk Xao) with Vietnam in Bolikhamxay Province.

28 Nov 2021: 71,518 Cases, 159 deaths. 42% fully vaccinated.

Lao Airlines will operate weekly flights to Bangkok from Jan 2022. Travellers will be allowed to enter Thailand by sea, land and air as part of the Test & Go and Sandbox schemes, from the province of Nong Khai which borders Laos, from 24 Dec 2021.

Laos is considering a new reopening plan, Lao Travel Green Zone. This would designate Vientiane Capital, Vang Vieng, and Luang Prabang as “green zones”. A green zone must have 70-80% of its population vaccinated, and 90-95% of its service providers vaccinated. International arrivals would need to be vaccinated, and have a negative test within 72 hours of departure. Tourists would be taken to hotels via designated vehicles certified with the LaoSafe scheme, and undertake an RT-PCR test on arrival, self-isolating at their home until they receive the results. Once the test comes back negative, they will be able to explore the Green Zone. A “Lao Green Trail” would also be launched, which would allow visitors to travel outside of the Green Zones, but they would need to use services of LaoSafe service providers and stay at all-inclusive accommodation. It also proposes launching a new contact tracing app, LaoStaySafe, to monitor tourists during their stay, and provide information.

25 Oct 2021: 36,248 Cases, 53 deaths

Lockdown measures extended until 14 Nov, with entertainment venues, tourist attractions and schools closed. Stricter measures are implemented across country, depending on virus severity. Laos has launched a new vaccination certificate with a QR code which will allow for digital verification. The Tourism Ministry has requested permission to allow vaccinated South Koreans to enter Vientiane on luxury golf tour packages. This plan would see Lao Airlines, AirAsia, T’way Air and Jeju Air operate charter flights to Incheon airport, and travellers could undertake a 9-day golfing package. Tourists would be limited to one hotel and one restaurant, and they would be transferred between the hotel and the golf course.

15 Oct 2021: 30,615 Cases, 36 deaths

A number of provinces have been locked down and now Luang Prabang is imposing lockdown restrictions through to 21 Oct due to COVID-19 activity. Stay-at-home orders are in effect; exemptions are in place for reasons such as medical emergencies. Entry into Luang Prabang is prohibited. Essential sectors like medical, pharmaceutical, electricity, and telecommunications, among others, may operate.

11 Sep 2021: 17,140 Cases, 16 deaths.

A large number of cases of Covid-19 recorded in Luang Prabang Province have been traced to quarantine centers and residents returning from other provinces. Laos conducted 4,440 tests over the last 24 hours, confirming 204 new cases of Covid-19.

9 May 2021: 1,233 Cases, 1 death.

Over one year into the pandemic, the southeast Asian country Laos has recorded its first Covid-19 related death. A 53-year-old Vietnamese karaoke club worker died from the virus in the capital Vientiane, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control reported. The woman's condition was complicated by diabetes and other medical issues. Laos reported 1,233 cases, of which 1,184 were reported in the last month.

4 May 2021: 933 Cases, 0 deaths.

Following 2 Thai nationals entering Laos illegally during Lao New year, cases of COVID-19 have risen rapidly. 31 of the newly infected are from the capital Vientiane, while 54 are from Champassak province, 13 from Savannakhet province, seven from Bokeo province, two from Oudomxay province, two from Phongsaly province, and one each from Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Xayaburi, and Sekong provinces. The 113 new cases follow announcements of 76 cases on Sunday and 88 cases on Saturday in the nation with a population of around 7.2 million people.

Phouthone Muongpak, Vice-Minister of Health, said infections have been identified in 13 out of 17 provinces in Laos and the capital. “The virus is also spreading quickly in the capital and Champassak province in the south,” he added. The number of provinces included in the lockdown, which requires that people stay in their homes unless they are experiencing an emergency, is now at 15.


01 March 2021: 45 Cases, 0 deaths.

Laos has extended its COVID-19 prevention measures and required all foreign citizens entering Laos to purchase COVID-19 insurance. According to a notice issued by the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, COVID-19 insurance is now mandatory in addition to other travel documents and requests for permission to enter the country. Non-Lao citizens wishing to enter Laos must contact their embassy concerning COVID-19 insurance, which will cover the cost of any medication prescribed in the event that the policy holder contracts the virus.

The special cover is now required because ordinary health and travel insurance policies do not provide cover against pandemics, including any incidents relating to COVID-19.

14 Jan 2021: 41 Cases, 0 deaths.


April-June 2020: 19 Cases, 0 deaths.

On 1 April one more case was confirmed, bringing a total to 10.On 5 April 2020, the 11th case was reported as a 55-year-old man from Papua New Guinea.
On 20 March all land borders closed and the last flights departed from Luang Prabang and Vientiane occurred.
On 18 May domestic travel allowed.On 2 June students returned to schools.
On 4 June the government allowed foreigners into the country, except tourist visas.

24 March 2020: 2 Cases, 0 deaths.

Laos confirmed its first two COVID-19 cases, becoming the last Southeast Asian country infected with coronavirus..

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