Exercise normal precautions in Laos. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Reconsider travel to:
Exercise increased caution in:
Read the Safety and Security section on 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: Reissue during periodic review with updates to “Reconsider travel.”