Foreign travel advice

Laos

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

Summary

From 24 July, Laos is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

The following advice within Laos remains in place:

The FCDO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • Xaisomboun province, due to armed clashes and attacks on infrastructure by anti-government groups reported as recently as July 2020.

Travel to Laos is subject to entry restrictions

  • The Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points, and no visas are being issued to people travelling from a country with COVID-19, including the UK.
  • Anyone arriving in Laos with a visa will be required to quarantine at a government facility for 14 days at their own expense.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Laos, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

The monsoon season in Laos runs from May to October. You should be aware of elevated risks of flooding and landslides during this period, particularly if travelling by road as maintenance and repair standards differ to the UK, you should take additional care and undertake research. See Natural disasters

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

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 receive a heavy fine if you don’t present ID on request. See Local laws and customs

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

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support is limited in parts of Laos where we advise against all but essential travel.