Updated 10th April 2022.
LATEST LAOS COVID-19 NEWS:
- 4th April 2022 – The Laos Tourism Ministry has proposed a full tourism reopening. Details will be released in the coming days. Source.
- 2nd April 2022 – Large gatherings have been banned for Lao New Year to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Source.
- 22nd March 2022 – More restrictions have been put in place in some districts across Laos after an increase in cases. Source.
Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.
Laos Travel Restrictions
Can you travel to Laos right now?
Yes, via the Green Travel Scheme. See below.
Green Travel Scheme
A number of countries are now allowed to enter Laos via the Green Travel Scheme (applies to Vientiane Capital, Luang Prabang Province, and Vang Vieng District in Vientiane Province only). This includes travellers from China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, France, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Israel, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, New Zealand, Poland, Denmark, and Belgium.
Before you enter Laos, you will need:
Required Entry Documents
- A Certificate of Entry issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Valid visa for Laos.
Must register for a QR code here.
- Complete a Health Declaration Form. (The application form for the Health Declaration is available on the official MFA website here.)
- Present a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel.
- You must have available at least $400 USD in cash (new, clean notes) to pay for the mandatory COVID-19 insurance ($100 USD), rental and deposit of the GPS tracker ($6 USD X 15 days) + $200 USD refundable deposit, COVID-19 PCR test ($65 USD). (See more info on this below.)
- Your travel insurance must cover COVID-19, with a policy in English language. It needs to cover potential hospitilisation, treatment and costs of quarantine if medically required
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COVID-19 Tests Required
- You will be required to take a COVID-19 test and provide a negative test result no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Laos.
- You will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Laos at your own expense. If you test positive you will be immediately taken to the hospital in Vientiane for treatment. The hospitals being used for testing and treatment are Mittaphab, Mahosot, the National Military Hospital and Setthathirath in the capital, Vientiane.
- You do not need a COVID-19 test to depart Laos, although the airline that you are flying with may require you to produce one before travelling.
All those who receive negative test results will have to complete 48 hours quarantine at designated locations. After a negative result, arrivals to Laos will have to do a 7-day quarantine at a designated government location (hotel or government centre) or their own residence. The traveller must cover all of the costs associated with the quarantine. A tracking device will be fitted to the traveller upon arrival which he/she must wear during quarantine at all times. (A rental fee for the tracking device will be charged to the traveller.)
Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations
The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR.
- FACE COVERINGS – Compulsory in all public places. Also see: Best face masks for travel.
- SOCIAL DISTANCING – In force across the country.
- CURFEWS – Curfews can be introduced without notice. Keep an eye on local media.
- PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Masks must be worn.
- VENUES AND GATHERINGS – Hotels and guesthouses are open in Laos, however many have closed due to low tourist numbers. Reservations should be made directly with the accommodation in advance of travel. Many businesses are closed, including gymnasiums, spas, markets, cinemas, theatres and other tourist attractions. In businesses that are open, COVID-19 preventative measures are in place, social distancing, face coverings, temperature checks and hand hygiene.
- MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – Officially, travel restrictions in Laos have ended for fully vaccinated travellers. However, individual provinces have started to issue their own travel restrictions.
Border crossings to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam are open with restrictions. If you are travelling overland, you will be required to take a COVID-19 test before crossing the border. The Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge is operating with restricted access. Commercial goods and medical supplies are allowed to cross currently.
- Laos in the time of COVID (Facebook group)
- UK Foreign Advice to Laos
- US Embassy of Laos
- OSAC Travel Advisories
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR
- The Humanitarian Data Exchange
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