Lao Airlines has organized a special flight from Vientiane (VTE) to Seoul (ICN), expected to depart 00:15 on Tuesday, October 20, and arrive in Seoul at approximately 07:05 the same day. Tickets are still available. Tickets cost USD$750 adult/child under 12 years old, and $210 /infant under 24 months (on lap).
Tickets for this flight can be reserved by contacting travel agency TicketLao at firstname.lastname@example.org, via WhatsApp at +856 (0)20 52 558 787, by calling Lao Airlines at 1626 or by calling travel agency All Time Travel Service at +856 20 5541 1111. Tickets must be purchased in person. These tickets are limited and are available to the general public. Please note that this flight is arranged by a private business; the Embassy makes no guarantee of quality of service or availability of tickets for U.S. citizens. The Embassy cannot answer questions about the flight or seat availability; please direct such questions to the contact details above. The Embassy also will not make travel arrangements on your behalf.
In addition to purchasing this VTE-ICN ticket, U.S. citizen travelers should make arrangements using available commercial means (e.g. online or a travel agent) for a connecting flight departing Incheon International Airport within 24 hours of arrival in South Korea (i.e. no later than 07:05 on Monday, October 12) toward their final destination in the United States. You must be able to present proof of purchase of this onward ticket to be allowed to board the plane in Vientiane.
Please note that the Republic of Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) imposes a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all inbound passengers. Most foreign travelers on short-term travel will be required to quarantine at a government-designated facility at their own expense for 14 days (this includes U.S. citizens traveling on 90-day visa free travel and short-term visa holders). The facility will cost approximately 100 U.S. dollars per night. All passengers who exhibit symptoms will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing on arrival at the airport.
Passengers transiting through Incheon International Airport to third countries will not face this quarantine requirement. Thus, U.S. citizens who purchase tickets on this flight must not leave the passenger area of Incheon International Airport and should arrange onward travel that departs within 24 hours of their arrival. You can find more information at the website of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.
We encourage U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States immediately to book this flight if they have the means to do so and can arrange ongoing travel accordingly. The U.S. Embassy is not organizing another special chartered flight.
Actions to Take
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Laos.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.