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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to Xaisomboun province.

Flood alerts have been issued by the Mekong River Commission covering the river between Nakhon Phanom and Pakse, until 4 August 2018. Continued heavy rainfall has been forecast and British Nationals should be aware of the elevated risks of flooding and landslides which have already affected routes between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. Avoid unnecessary travel in the Attapeu region following the breach of Saddle Dam D and the associated rescue and recovery efforts. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor weather forecasts.

In November and December 2015, shootings took place in Xaisomboun town, in Xaisomboun Province. See Local travel

Unexploded ordnance in rural areas is an ongoing danger. Take care when travelling around Laos. See Local travel

UK health authorities have classified Laos as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Laos, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Carry an ID document or passport at all times. You will be heavily fined if you don’t present ID on request.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.