Foreign travel advice



The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to Xaisomboun province and along Route 13 from Kasi to Phou Khoun.

The 28th and 29th ASEAN Annual Heads of State Summit is being held in Vientiane from 5 to 9 September. Schools in Vientiane will be closed and there may be road closures during this time. You should follow instructions from the local authorities. There may be delays in arrivals and departures of both international and domestic flights at Wattay International Airport and similar delays may occur at other entry points to the country.

On 1 March 2016 there was a roadside attack on a bus on Route 13 north, 3km from Phou Khoun close to Ban Viengkham, Phou Khoun District, Luang Prabang province. Two people were injured.

There was a roadside attack on March 23 between Kasi and Nan district. Six people were injured and one person died. If you travel along this route you should be vigilant and follow the advice of your tour operator. You should avoid travelling along this route after dark, if possible.

Two roadside attacks occurred in Laos in late January 2016, killing 3 people and injuring a fourth. In November and December 2015, shootings took place in Xaisomboun town, in Xaisomboun Province. See Local travel

On 13 November, a Lao Skyways plane came off the runway after landing at Vientiane-Wattay Airport. No passengers were injured.

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

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

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

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.