Do not travel to Laos due to COVID-19 and related restrictions. 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 not issued a Travel Health Notice for Laos for COVID-19, indicating an unknown level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Commercial transportation to/from Laos is available on a limited basis. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Laos.
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Exercise increased caution in:
Read the country information page.
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.