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    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Laos
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Laos
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Xaysomboun, Xiengkhuang provinces


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundBorder restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- Charter flights from infected countries are barred.
- All international and traditional border checkpoints and crossings will remain strictly closed.

• Exemptions
- Only approved Chinese business travellers will be allowed to cross the Mohan-Boten border from China.
(Until further notice)
Entry rules
• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents
- Laotian nationals are allowed entry into Laos.
- Laotian nationals who wish to repatriate must register with their nearest diplomatic mission and are subject to a medical examination.

• Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
- Most foreign nationals are not allowed to enter the country.
- Foreign nationals allowed to enter Laos will be required to purchase COVID-19 insurance, as well as wearing a health tracking device.
- The COVID-19 insurance will include differing rates with expiry periods depending on price. A package priced at USD 100 per person will expire in 21 days, while a USD 150 package expires in 45 days, and a USD 250 package will expire in 60 days.
- More details can be found here: http://www.mofa.gov.la/images/2020Covid19/Travel_Advisory_Feb_2021.pdf

• Inbound travel from areas where virus variants of concern are circulating
- Foreign nationals departing from or transiting infected countries will not be allowed to enter Laos.
- Transit passengers who departed from or transited an infected country will not be allowed to enter Laos.

• Exemptions
- Diplomats, staff of international organisations, experts and investors needing to enter the country due to urgent business can enter Laos after obtaining permission from the Special Committee on Countermeasures at least seven days before departure.
- Diplomats, UN employees, international organisations, and employees of government sectors are exempt from purchase of the COVID-19 insurance and from wearing a health tracking device.
- The issuance of visas and the provision of visa exemptions remains suspended. For businesses willing to bring expert labors via exemption policies, details can be found here: http://www.mofa.gov.la/index.php/statements/notices/3587-travel-advisory-for-entry-and-exit-of-lao-pdr-during-the-implementation-of-measures-to-prevent
- For Chinese travellers entering through the Mohan-Boten border, employers will need to submit required documents to the local Bureau of Commerce, which will then assess the application together with their counterpart in Mengla county. A travel permit to enter Laos will be issued at the discretion of the Bureau of Commerce and Pandemic Prevention and Control Office of Mengla county.

(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test?
- All travellers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours before departure.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long?
- All arrivals must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a government designated facility or hotel.
- Travellers from COVID-19 free countries, diplomats and their family members are allowed to undergo self-quarantine at home or at their workplaces.
• Cost of quarantine
- For foreign nationals, quarantine costs will be borne by the travellers or the sponsor organisation.
(Until further notice)
Documentation required
• 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.
• Travellers must sign the 'Travel Consent' letter before boarding an aircraft bound for Laos.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No

(Until further notice)
OutboundBorder restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- Flight availability is extremely limited.
(Until further notice)
Exit rules
• Outbound travel for local nationals / residents
- Laos nationals who urgently require to exit Laos would require an approval from their employer and then propose to the Task Force Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

• Outbound travel for 'third country' nationals
Foreign nationals need to obtain permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through their respective embassies.

• Exemptions
- Patients seeking medical care abroad are allowed to leave the country.

(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No

(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticCurfews and lockdowns
• Locations and timings
- A nationwide lockdown is in place.
(Ends 4 July 2021)
Restrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place
- Districts in Laos are divided into three colour-coded zones. Residents in red zones are not allowed to leave their homes except for essential reasons.
- Entry into and exit from red zones are prohibited, except for those who have received permission from the local authorities for essential purposes.
- Travel into and out of the Vientiane Capital District is restricted.

• Exemptions
- Interprovincial land transport between provinces without community outbreaks is permitted.
- People wishing to exit or enter the capital need to hold a permission letter from their local COVID-19 Prevention and Control Taskforce. To obtain the permission letter, travellers must supply their local taskforce with evidence of their purpose of travel to Vientiane.
(Ends 4 July 2021)
Other social distancing measures

• Schools
- Education institutions in provinces without a community outbreak are allowed to open.
• Gatherings
- Religious events, traditional ceremonies, weddings, banquets and other gatherings with more than 50 participants are prohibited. However, funerals can be held in line with COVID-19 measures such as washing hands, mask wearing and keeping three feet (one metre) away from others.
• Entertainment venues
- All entertainment facilities including nightclubs, karaoke shops, bars, internet cafes, massage spa shops, snooker (billiards) shops, fitness centres and indoor sports facilities will remain shut.
• Other
- Foreign nationals with expiring visas may apply for visa extensions at the Department of Immigration in Vientiane, or provincial headquarters of the Public Security Department. Domestic flights and interprovincial movement are permitted.
(Ends 4 July 2021)
Summary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Yes
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsThe government plans to allow travel and charter flights with countries without COVID-19 community infection. If these travellers test negative for COVID-19 48 hours after arrival, they can self-quarantine at either home (Laotian nationals) or an accommodation at their workplace. The authorities will release further details after an assessment.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Laos

COVID-19 information for Laos

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Most areas in Laos present a low-risk security environment for business travellers and expatriates. However, travel risks are higher in the rural areas of northern Laos, including Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Xaysomboun and Xiengkhuang provinces, where we maintain a MEDIUM travel risk rating compared to the rest of the country which we rate as LOW. These areas continue to be affected by low levels of violence carried out by former ethnic-Hmong insurgents. The primary risk for foreigners arises from exposure to low-level security incidents, such as gun attacks and crude bomb explosions, while conducting intercity overland journeys in the abovementioned provinces.

Periodic attacks directly targeting foreign investment projects in Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Xaysomboun and Xiengkhuang may occur. While all sources of foreign investment remain vulnerable to such attacks, Chinese companies which are Laos' primary source of foreign investment, are more obvious targets for further attacks, as seen in 2016-17.

Staff in Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Xaysomboun and Xiengkhuang will need access to local knowledge, language support, timely and reliably sourced local threat intelligence, journey management support, appropriate accommodation and emergency response capabilities. Travel risk managers should ensure that staff in or travelling to these areas are briefed on the prevailing security threats and associated mitigating measures, including actions to take in the event of being exposed to a security incident.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure that you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Laos
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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PolioA booster is recommended. Although polio has not
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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