Exercise increased caution in Laos due to COVID-19. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Laos for COVID-19.
Most transportation options remained closed (airport operations are limited to sporadic charter flights and borders are open for commerce only). Most business operations (including day cares and schools) have resumed. Other improved conditions have been reported within Laos. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Laos.
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If you decide to travel to Laos:
There is a continued threat of violence in Xaisomboun Province.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Xiasomboun Province as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel there.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
Areas on the Border with Burma
Bandits, drug traffickers, and other people pursuing illegal activities operate in these areas, as do armed groups opposed to the Burmese government.
Areas of Savannakhet, Xieng Khouang, Saravane, Khammouane, Sekong, Champassak, Houaphan, Attapeu, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane provinces, as well as along Route 7
There are large numbers of unexploded bombs in these areas left over from the Indochina War.
Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.