Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Laos on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you’re a British national intending to travel to Laos, you should check with your airline due to restrictions affecting all nationalities travelling from or transiting countries with community transmission of COVID-19. Departing flights are unaffected. You should sign up for email alerts for updates to this travel advice.
Commercial flights to and from Laos remain very limited. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
The government of Laos PDR has announced a restart of tourism from 1 January 2022 with tours to restricted zones and arranged by approved agencies only. Refer to official Lao guidance and your travel agent for further information.
It is no longer a requirement to notify the British Embassy when you depart Laos. Normal immigration procedures should be now in operation.
The British Embassy recommends arriving to check in as early as possible for flights, and building in additional time for border crossings to take into account any issues with immigration processes.
Entry and borders
The government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points. No visas are being issued to visitors except those authorised under the pilot scheme for foreign tourists (please refer to the nearest Lao embassy for further information).
The authorities may consider granting entry permission for foreigners (e.g. experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects) who wish to travel to Laos. See Entry requirements
The closure of all customary international land borders continues until further notice.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.
When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.
You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your Travel Company or airline for any transport changes, which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Laos
Travel restrictions within Laos have been lifted. Authorisation for travel by road, water and air between provinces is no longer required for travellers carrying proof of full vaccination. You should consult with provincial COVID-19 Task Forces for guidance for those who are not fully vaccinated or are too young to be vaccinated.
You should monitor local official announcements for guidance in the latest restrictions. There may be short notice lockdowns introduced in provinces with reports of COVID-19 outbreaks.
Thailand land border
If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform.
Hotels and private rental accommodation is available throughout Laos, although a number of hotels/hostels are currently closed due to reduced tourist numbers. You should arrange accommodation in advance of travel.
Public places and services
The Lao authorities have announced changes to lockdown restrictions in all provinces.
There will be a continued nationwide closure of all forms of entertainment venues including karaoke lounges, bars, internet cafes, snooker halls, casinos and gaming venues.
No events with over 50 participants including religious activities, traditional ceremonies and weddings are permitted.
You should carry evidence of your vaccination status at all times.
Specific measures for areas with community outbreaks:
Massage parlours, spas, beauty salons, barbershops, cinemas, restaurant gardens and tourist attractions must remain closed.
All indoor and outdoor sports complexes must close; no sports matches or outdoor exercise.
Traffic curfew between 11:30pm to 5am except for ambulances, fire trucks, rescue teams, those authorised by the task force, on duty officials and vehicles transporting goods, food and medical supplies.
Most businesses and venues outside of areas with community outbreak are authorised to open as long as owners, staff and customers are fully vaccinated.
Businesses are required to have COVID preventative measures in place. These include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, 1m physical distancing and checking temperatures.
The embassy recommends you check in advance the status of any establishments and carry your proof of vaccination.
Schools are permitted to open across the country with face-to-face classes allowed.
Everyone resident in the Lao PDR and all individuals authorised to enter Laos must install and register the LaoKYC application on their smart phone. This will allow them to use the “Lao Susu” service to apply for a vaccine ID. This will allow users to certify their vaccine status and track COVID-19 risks when entering government offices, factories, shops, restaurants, meetings, public gatherings, international and provincial borders and other locations using QR codes.
Further measures may be introduced at short notice, including measures applying to individual provinces. You should follow the advice of the Lao authorities.
Healthcare in Laos
For contact details of English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate and dial +856 20 5406 6777 to speak to a duty officer in Laos or English, or the free hotline numbers 155 and 166.
Keep in regular contact with family and friends at home, so they know you’re safe and well. Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.
View Health for further details on healthcare in Laos.
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Laos
We will update this page when the Government of Laos announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Laos national vaccination programme started in November 2020 using the AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Pfizer-BioNTech and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines and as of November 2021 has begun offering booster shots to sections of the population. The Government of Laos has stated that British nationals resident in Laos are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. You can find further details on when and how to register on the Vaccinate Laos website.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Laos, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.
See additional advice on making travel plans to return to the UK, or what to do if you cannot depart immediately.