Laos Update

Visa Requirements

Yesterday the prime minister of Laos, Thongloun Sisoulith, announced that the issuance of visas for foreign tourists will be suspended for 30 days. This includes all types of visas on arrival and electronic visas (E-visas).

Those already holding an entry visa need to get a health certificate from the concerned authorities and declare their movement history. The cabinet temporarily revokes visa exemptions previously granted to some countries. Citizens of countries previously granted visa exemptions need to approach the Lao embassy or consulate to apply for an entry visa

Lao people travelling from outbreak countries are required to be under a 14-days self-isolation.

Airline Updates

Lao Airlines temporarily suspended all domestic flights in line with the government’s efforts to counter the Covid-19 pandemic and it now plans to resume flights on 8 May.

Visa Extensions

The government of Laos has announced that travellers who are unable to leave Laos because of the COVID-19 outbreak, can extend their tourist visa at the provincial immigration offices.
The fee would be the same as for a regular extension, and the process would take 24 hours.

Travel News

The Government of Laos has announced that the country will be on lockdown from the 1st until the 3rd of May.
All people are confined to their houses. You are only allowed to go outside to buy food and essentials, visit hospitals or clinics. An exception is made for the staff of organizations that are allowed to continue to work from their office.
The festivities for the traditional Lao New Year have been cancelled.

Hotel Updates

Luang Prabang

  • Rosewood Luang Prabang is closed until the 30th of June.
  • Kiridara is closed until the 30th of June. Luang Prabang View is closed until the 31st of October.
  • Belmond La Residence is closed until the 1st of May.
  • Sada Hotel is closed until further notice.
  • Villa Chitdara is closed until further notice.
  • Maison Dalabua is closed until further notice.