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Laos travel restrictions & quarantine rules

Landscape view of Laos

Laos ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to Laos. Laos is Major restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Laos. Laos is part of Asia with main city at Vientiane. Its Least Developed country with a population of 6M people. The main currency is Lao Kip. The languages spoken are Lao.
๐Ÿ‘ Least Developed ย  ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ 6M people
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๐Ÿšจ Travel Advice for Laos

Major restrictions

for travel
International travel to Laos is not permitted. This restriction does not apply to nationals.

Exceptional travel

Exemptions to the border closure are in place for essential workers and those with valid multiple-entry long-term visas.
Travel for tourism is only allowed for travelers under the pilot tourism scheme. For further information on the pilot tourism scheme, please refer to the nearest Lao embassy.
Full details and exemptions can be found at http://www.mofa.gov.la/images/2021Covid19/Covid-Notice1494.pdf

Other restrictions

Travelers departing from Laos are required to inform the local authorities prior to departure. Foreign travelers are required to inform their respective Embassies prior to departure. This does not apply to citizens of the United Kingdom.

Quarantine required

All travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, at the traveler's expense. A rented tracking device must be worn during the quarantine period.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be presented on departure.

Testing on arrival

A COVID-19 test will be administered on arrival and departure from Laos, at the traveler's expense.

Additional documents required

Foreign travelers must present a certificate of entry, a completed health declaration form, and a fit-to-fly certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. Full details on required forms can be found at https://www.visalaos.com/health-declaration-form/
All travelers must have medical insurance which includes full coverage for COVID-19 treatment costs. A suitable policy is available for purchase on arrival.
For more details Foreign Travel Advice, United Kingdom

Government measures

Across Laos, social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 50 people. Regional authorities may impose local lockdown measures if the area has a high risk of infection. Residents and visitors must install and register on the LaoKYC mobile application to get a vaccine ID and a QR code to be used to access some establishments. In red zones, a curfew remains in place between the hours of 11:30 pm and 5 am. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transportation is not operating. Inter-province travel is only allowed between provinces where community transmission has not been identified.

Restaurants

Restaurants are open for vaccinated customers with LaoKYC QR codes. Restaurants are closed in high-risk areas.

Bars

Bars remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

Shops and services are open for vaccinated customers with LaoKYC QR codes. Non-essential businesses are closed in high-risk areas.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, issued in selected countries, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements. Vaccinated travelers will be tested on arrival and must self-isolate for 24 hours or until a negative result is confirmed on the test taken on arrival.
Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least a single dose of the vaccine, not more than 180 days before departure, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements.
Travelers who have received the Sputnik-V or Sputnik Light vaccine are also required to undergo additional serologic and PCR testing on arrival. Travelers will undergo quarantine until a positive serologic test and negative PCR test results are confirmed. Those testing negative on the serologic test are required to isolate for 14 days with the option to reduce this period by taking a supervised rapid antigen testing from the seventh day.
The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days and not more than 180 days before departure. Exemptions also apply to those who have received a vaccine booster after a full course of vaccination, if administered at least 14 days before departure. Full details on accepted vaccines and certificates can be found at https://corona.health.gov.il/en/abroad/certificates-recognized-by-israel/

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. This period can be shortened if two consecutive test results are confirmed negative, one taken on arrival and a second test taken on the fifth day of the isolation period.
Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 must self-isolate until a second test is confirmed negative taken on the third day of the isolation period. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 190 days of departure, or a recovery certificate.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be presented on departure and arrival. Alternatively, a negative rapid antigen test can be presented, taken within the previous 24 hours of departure. The test results must be in English with the traveler's passport number stated on the document. Self-tests are not accepted.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 180 days of departure, or a recovery certificate. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
This does not apply to travelers returning to Israel within 72 hours after departing Israel. Less than 72 hours must have passed since travelers have landed abroad and the departure time to Israel. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
Those traveling to Israel on indirect flights, with more than 24 hours between the departure of the first flight and the flight landing in Israel, are required proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight to Israel.

Testing on arrival

A PCR test will be administered on arrival. The test costs 80 ILS if pre-paid during the 'entry statement' process, 100 ILS if paid with a credit card on arrival, and 115 ILS if paid with cash on arrival. Only Israeli currency will be accepted for cash payments on arrival.

Travel restriction details for Laos

๐Ÿšซ Destination Quarantine required
๐Ÿ›ฌ Return Quarantine required
๐Ÿ–๏ธ Some Visitors
๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Open shopping
๐ŸšŒ Operational with restrictions transport
๐Ÿ“… events Partially Allowed

๐Ÿ”’ Lockdown Details for Laos

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.
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๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Travel safety for Laos

Exercise a high degree of caution

Foreigners are currently not allowed to enter Laos, except in very limited circumstances. To enter, you'll need prior approval from the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs and negative COVID-19 test conducted less than 72 hours before your travel. You'll also be required to quarantine for 14 days at a government designated venue at your own cost and obtainย insurance to cover the cost of treatment duringย the quarantine period. We now advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Laos overall due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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