Laos (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 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 17.05.2021
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. A completed health declaration form must be presented upon arrival.
6. Airline crew are subject to medical screening and quarantine until their next flight.
7. Only visas with a written authorization from Task Force Committee of Ministry of Foreign Affairs are considered valid.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

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. 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 not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. 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 (http://www.mofa.gov.la/index.php).

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.
 

Lockdown Details

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.
 

Sources

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