Laos (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test results is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 16.09.2021
1. Flights to Lao People’s Dem. Rep. are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
3. Passengers must have a reservation confirmation for 14 days at a designated hotel and transportation arrangements.
4. Passengers are subject to 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. They must sign the ’Travel Consent’ letter before boarding.
5. Passengers must install the “LAO KYC” application on their personal device.
6. A completed health declaration form must be presented upon arrival.
7. Airline crew are subject to medical screening and quarantine until their next flight.
8. Only visas with a written authorization from Task Force Committee of Ministry of Foreign Affairs are considered valid.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

International flights are suspended, and borders are closed to foreign travelers. Foreign nationals who are granted permission to enter (https://bit.ly/3fUGLpl) must apply for a visa. Arrivals will undergo mandatory health screenings and 14 days of quarantine at their own expense. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure, and complete a health declaration form.
 

Lockdown Details

The Lao authorities have announced changes to lockdown restrictions in provinces with no COVID-19 infections. Most businesses (including gyms, 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.

Social gatherings, weddings and traditional events of 20 or less participants are permitted.

In Vientiane Capital many of the COVID-19 prevention measures and lockdown restrictions have been extended until 15 October 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:

-the introduction of a zoning system in Vientiane Capital, 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 9pm to 5am in red zones, 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 the requirements for entry and ensure that you carry the vaccine evidence required by the business

-massage services, 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.
 

Sources

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/laos/entry-requirements
Data Source: covidcontrols.co