Reconsider travel to Laos due to civil unrest and COVID-19-related restrictions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Reconsider travel to:
Exercise increased caution in:
Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Laos.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Laos has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel. Commercial transportation to/from Laos is not available or only sporadically available. It may be difficult to enter or leave Laos, and travelers should expect delays entering Laos and/or returning to the United States. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Laos.
If you decide to travel to Laos:
Xaisomboun Province – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
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 – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
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 – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
There are large numbers of unexploded bombs in these areas left over from the Indochina War.
Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.