Foreign travel advice

Laos

Summary

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

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.