Laos has officially announced it will reopen for tourism on 1 January 2022, providing more information on travel conditions during a press conference held at the Lao National Convention Center on December 17th, 2022.

Check out the more detail below you will have all the answers for every question that you may have from What it it? to who is eligible? where to go and stay? or what requirements for the travelers who wish to visit the country.

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What is Laos reopening program?

Laos reopening program is the program of the Laos' Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, which will be implemented in 3 phases:

  • Phase 1: from January 1st until March 30th 2022
  • Phase 2: from April 1st until June 30th 2022
  • Phase 3: from July 1st 2022 onward

Who is eligible for Laos reopening program?

According to the ministry, tourists from an initial list of countries will be allowed to travel to the country during the first phase.

The list of countries includes China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, France, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, United States, Canada, and Australia.

Tourism will be restricted to group tours at first, with tours arranged by authorized tour operators under the Lao Travel Green Zone Plan.

What are the requirements?

Below is the 6 main requirements for the travelers who wish to visit Laos during this period:

  1. All travelers must registered via a local travel agency
  2. Fully vaccinated (at least 2 shots) at least 14 days from the date of arrival
  3. Negative Covid-19 testing result by RC PCR not more than 74 hours upon arrival.
  4. Download and register via the LaoKYC and the LaoStaySafe mobile applications prior to arriving in the country, as well as uploading their relevant vaccination certification and Covid-19 test results.
  5. Health insurance policy with coverage no less than $50,000
  6. All travelers will have Covid-19 test by RC PCR upon arrival and placed in a 24-hour quarantine in their hotel until a negative result is confirmed.

Where to go & stay?

Under the reopening scheme, tourists will be authorized to travel within two zones, namely Green Travel Zones and Green Travel Trails.

Green Travel Zones include provinces that have at least a 70% vaccination rate among the eligible adult population, while Green Travel Trails have not yet achieved this level of vaccine coverage.

Phase 1

  • Green Travel Zone: Vientiane Capital, Luang Prabang Province, and Vang Vieng District in Vientiane Province.
  • Green Travel Trails: Oudomxay, Xayaboury, Xieng Khouang, Khammouane, and Champasack.

Phase 2

  • Green Travel Zone: Vientiane Capital, Vientiane Province, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Xayaboury, Xieng Khouang, Khammouane, Savannakhet, and Champasack.
  • Green Travel Trail: Houay Xay District in Bokeo Province, Luang Namtha Province, Sekong Province, and Salavanh Province.

According to the Ministry of Health, tourism-related establishments such as tourism sites, hotels, and restaurants in the zones must ensure that at least 95% of their staff are fully vaccinated. All tour guides and drivers must be completely vaccinated. At least 95% of the population within the travel zones must be fully vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health has stated that it will improve the quality of quarantine centers, treatment centers, and field hospitals in the event of hospitalization or seriously symptomatic cases for tourists. Asymptomatic and mild cases will be allowed to be quarantined and treated at their designated hotel.

Arrival and departure checking points

During Phase 1, tourists will be able to enter Laos by air via Wattay International Airport and by land across the First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane Capital.

More borders will reopen in Phase 2, including Luang Prabang International Airport, Boten-Bohan border with China in Luang Namtha Province, the Third Friendship Bridge in Thakhek, the Second Friendship Bridge in Savannakhet, the Chongmek border in Pakse, the Lao Bao border with Vietnam in Savannakhet Province, and Nam Phao border (Lak Xao) with Vietnam in Bolikhamxay Province.

Safe and Clean

All tourism establishments in the zones must be certified with the LaoSafe certification.

LaoSafe, a health and hygiene program for the tourism and hospitality sector, has received official approval from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism (MICT).

The LaoSafe program comprises a series of health and hygiene standards for different subsectors of the tourism and hospitality industry, including accommodation providers, food and beverage outlets, airlines, tourist attractions, tour guides, and drivers.

Procedures for Tour Companies

Tour companies and relevant businesses who wish to participate in the Green Travel Zones and Green Travel Trails must register with the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI).

Tour companies in Laos must prepare the following documentation in order to request permission for tourists to enter: a proposal from the company, a tour itinerary, hotel reservations, and copies of tourists’ passports, vaccination certificates, and tourists’ insurance policies.

These documents must be presented to the Tourism Management Department of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. After approval, the documents are sent to the Immigration Police Department to process entry authorization.

Sonasia Holiday is one of the local travel agencies that are fully registered with LNCCI so we are ready to serve and make sure you can stay safe with us.

Returnees and Foreign Nationals in Laos

The Ministry has not yet provided information on requirements for Lao nationals or foreign residents returning to Laos, or if the issuance of visitor visas would resume.

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FAQs about Lao Reopening Program

After 2 weeks that the reopening program was launch by Lao government, we have plenty of requests from the clients who are craving to visit Laos during this period.

Together with the tourism purpose request, we have some request for business travel or family-visit travel with some frequently asked questions. Check it out and have the answers if it is your case.

First of all, we have to say that many things are now unsure as the system is still on the process of training and refining all the restrictions for travelers during the reopening process. However, there are 3 things you should keep in mind: 

  1. Reopening program mainly focuses on tourism purpose only.
  2. Any places you visit need to be included in the safety list and certified by the government.
  3. Anywhere you go, you need to go with our guide and driver. You can not go out and wave down any drivers on the street and go with them.

Here are some questions that we usually have from the travelers.

Q. Can I come to Laos to work or live based on tourism scheme? 

The answer is a very big "NO". The program is for tourism purpose only. If you plan to come to Laos to work or live, you need to come based on other program. Contact us for more detail.

Q. Can I visit my partners at their office?

No you cannot. That said, any place you visit need to be included in the safety list and certified by the government, those places are mainly tourist attractions. No office can be included in the program during this period.

Q. Can I visit the embassy? 

The answer is the same as the question no. 2. No embassy is certified to receive tourists at their building.

Q. Can I visit my husband / wife at their house?

The same answer as no. 2 and no. 3. No private house is included in the safety list.

Q. Can I go to restaurants or market by myself?

No, you cannot. Everywhere you go, you will be escorted by our guide and driver. Moreover, the restaurants or market that you visit need to be included in the safety list.

Q. Can I have guess visiting me at my hotel?

This is varied by the hotel policies. Most hotel will let you have guess visiting at the hotel's restaurant or bar or reception area. Very few hotels will let you have guess in room.

Q. Is the booking fully refundable in the event that plans change due to COVID situation or travel rules change? 

Once again, this depends on the policy of the local suppliers, that said, at the moment, there are many things are unsure. We recommend you buying travel insurance that cover the loss in case of Covid situation or travel rules change

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