Event:  Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul on October 11

A private business, TicketLao, has organized a special Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane (VTE) to Seoul (ICN), expected to depart 00:15 on Sunday, October 11, and arrive in Seoul at approximately 07:05 the same day.  Tickets are still available.  Tickets cost USD$700/adult, $500/child under 12 years old, and $150/infant under 24 months (on lap). Tickets for this flight can be …

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Virtual Town Hall Meeting with Ambassador Peter Haymond

The U.S. Embassy will host a Virtual Town Hall Meeting with Ambassador Peter Haymond at 4:00 p.m. on September 21.  The Ambassador will answer questions from the community and Embassy experts will be on hand to provide guidance on participating in the 2020 General Elections. Participation in the event is limited to 50 people and …

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Private Charter Company Organizing Flight

Envoy Air Services, a Dutch charter company, is arranging a flight from Laos. Interested U.S. Citizens can find more information  here . 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 …

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Absentee Voting Week is September 27-October 4

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! U.S. citizens living overseas are entitled to vote absentee, and the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane can help you submit your ballot this November. If you have never voted while overseas before, it’s not …

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Travel Advisory & Voting Information– U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Event:  Reconsider travel to Laos due to COVID-19.  Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel.  Visit the Embassy’s  website  for more information on COVID-19 in Laos. Information for Voting in U.S. Elections for U.S. Citizens Abroad U.S. Embassy Vientiane is accepting absentee voter registration and ballots to mail to the United States. …

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Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Reconsider travel to Laos due to COVID-19. Read the entire Travel Advisory . Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. Laos has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Laos. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Event: Government of Laos Announces Updated Entry and Exit Regulations The Government of Laos announced new entry and exit regulations to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19.  These regulations complement the measures that the Government of Laos announced on February 3 and July 29, 2020.  These regulations will be in effect until further notice.  The …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Event: Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul on August 12; Consular Section Open for Limited American Citizen Services (ACS) Appointments; Presidential Proclamations Suspending Entry of Certain Foreign Nationals; Extending Visas in Laos.   Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul on August 12   A private business, TicketLao, has organized a special Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane (VTE) to Seoul …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Event: Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul on August 9; Consular Section Open for Limited American Citizen Services (ACS) Appointments; Presidential Proclamations Suspending Entry of Certain Foreign Nationals; Extending Visas in Laos. Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul on August 9 A private business, TicketLao, has organized a special Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane (VTE) to Seoul (ICN), expected …

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Health and Travel Alert:  U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Health and Travel Alert:  U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos (July 17, 2020)   Event:  Survey of U.S. Citizen Interest in Chartered Flights; Information on Absentee Voting for U.S. Citizens; Phased Resumption of Visa Services; Extending Visas in Laos   Survey of U.S. Citizen Interest in Chartered Flights   A private travel agency, TicketLao, is exploring options to …

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Health and Travel Alert:  U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Health and Travel Alert:  U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos (July 9, 2020) Event: Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul on July 18; Consular Section Open for Limited American Citizen Services (ACS) Appointments; Presidential Proclamations Suspending Entry of Certain Foreign Nationals; Extending Visas in Laos. Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul on July 18 A private business, TicketLao, has organized …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos (June 24, 2020)   Event:  Survey of U.S. Citizen Interest in Chartered Flight   The July 5 Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane (VTE) to Seoul (ICN) referenced in the Embassy’s June 22 Health and Travel Alert is sold out.   The organizer, TicketLao, is exploring options to arrange additional flights from VTE to ICN in the …

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Health and Travel Alert: Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul on July 5

Event:  Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul on July 5 A private business, TicketLao, has organized a special Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane (VTE) to Seoul (ICN), expected to depart 00:15 on Sunday, July 5, and arrive in Seoul at approximately 07:05 the same day.  Tickets are still available.  Tickets cost USD$700/adult, $500/child under 12 years old, and $150/infant under 24 months (on …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos (June 12, 2020)  Location:  Laos Private Charter Company Organizing Flight Envoy Air Services, a Dutch charter company, is arranging a flight from Laos.  Interested U.S. Citizens can find more information here .  There are still a few seats left; booking closes on June 13 at 18:00 Vientiane time. …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Location:  Laos Event: Government of Laos Announces Updated Entry and Exit Regulations On June 1, the Government of Laos announced new entry and exit regulations to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19.  These regulations complement the measures that the Government of Laos announced on May 29 and that the Embassy described in a  June 1 Health and Travel Alert . These regulations will be in effect until June …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Location:  Laos Government of Laos Announces New Measures to Reduce Spread of COVID-19 On May 29, the Government of Laos announced new measures to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19.  The measures, which will be in effect from June 2 to 30, 2020, relax some of the restrictions announced by the Government of Laos on May 15 .  The following is a general summary of …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos (May 28, 2020)   Location:  Laos   Event:  Thailand Extends Ban on Incoming International Flights Until June 30   On May 16, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the extension until June 30 of the ban on incoming international flights.  You can find more information on …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

May 21, 2020 Event:  Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul on May 30 A private business, TicketLao, has organized a special Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane (VTE) to Seoul (ICN), expected to depart 00:15 on Saturday, May 30, and arrive in Seoul at approximately 07:05 the same day. Tickets are still available. Tickets cost USD$700/adult, USD$500/child …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Location:  Laos Event: Government of Laos Announces New Entry and Exit Regulations On May 15, the Government of Laos announced new entry and exit regulations to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19.  These regulations complement the measures that the Government of Laos announced concurrently and that the Embassy described in a May 17 Travel Alert .  These regulations will be …

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Thailand Extends Ban on Incoming International Flights Until June 30

On May 16, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the extension until June 30 of the ban on incoming international flights.  You can find more information on the website of the  CAAT . Government of Laos Announces New Measures to Reduce Spread of COVID-19  On May 15, the Government of Laos announced new measures to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19.  These measures will be in …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

May 5, 2020 Location: Laos Event: Government of Laos Announces New Measures to Reduce Spread of COVID-19 On May 4, the Government of Laos (GOL) announced new enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. According to these new measures, U.S. Citizens who have a work permit or who have been granted permission …

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Travel Alert and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Location:  Laos Event: Government of Laos Announces New Measures to Reduce Spread of COVID-19 On May 1, the Government of Laos announced new enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Government offices and certain businesses will be allowed to operate again with preventative measures and limitations in place.  However, inter-provincial travel and large social gatherings remain prohibited.  …

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Travel Alert and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Location:  Laos Event:  Ban on International Flights into Thailand, Commercial Flights Available to U.S. Citizens in Laos Thailand Extends Ban on Incoming International Flights Until May 31 On April 27, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the extension until May 31 of the ban on incoming international flights.  You can find more information on the websites of …

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Travel Alert: Commercial Flights Available to U.S. Citizens in Laos

Location:  Laos Event:  UPDATE: Commercial Flights Available to U.S. Citizens in Laos Domestic Commercial Flights Resume May 8 Lao Airlines announced that it would resume its domestic routes on Friday, May 8.  Passengers can start to reserve tickets starting May 4.  Tickets can be reserved by contacting Lao Airlines at +856 (0)21 510 040 or 1626. UPDATE: Commercial …

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Travel Alert: Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul on May 8 (April 21, 2020) 

Location:  Laos Event:  Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Seoul A private business, TicketLao, has organized a special Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane (VTE) to Seoul (ICN), expected to depart 00:45 on Friday, May 8, and arrive in Seoul at approximately 07:00 the same day.  A number of tickets are still available.  Tickets cost USD$775/adult, USD$500/child under 12, and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Change of Departure Time of Special Chartered Flight – April 11 at 11:30 p.m.

Change of Departure Time of Special Chartered Flight – April 11 at 11:30 p.m. This message is to inform all U.S. Citizens who intend to depart Laos on the special chartered flight organized by the U.S. Department of State that the estimated departure time of the flight has changed.  It is now expected to depart at …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Walk-In Hours to Assist With Completion of Form DS-5528 on April 8 and 9

Subject: Embassy Walk-In Hours to Assist with Completion of Form DS-5528 Evacuee Manifest and Promissory Note The Department of State has arranged a special chartered flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) currently expected to depart Vientiane around 5:00 p.m. on April 11 for San Francisco, CA.  Exact departure time and routing …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Special Flight Leaving Vientiane on April 11 to the United States

The Department of State has arranged a special chartered flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents that is currently expected to depart Vientiane at around 5:00 p.m. on April 11 for San Francisco, CA.  Exact departure time and routing are subject to change.  All passengers will need to reimburse the U.S. Government for the flight, and a promissory note for approximately $1900 must be signed before …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Location: Laos  Event: Extending Visas in Laos  According to the Lao Department of Immigration, U.S. Citizens seeking to extend visas that have expired due to unforeseen circumstances related to COVID-19 can do so at the Department of Immigration Office in Vientiane.  U.S. Citizens outside Vientiane can request extension at provincial Public Security Offices.  Extension can be requested in one-month increments, at …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos (April 3, 2020)   Location:Laos   Event: Extending Visas in Laos According to the Lao Department of Immigration, U.S. Citizens seeking to extend visas that have expired due to unforeseen circumstances related to COVID-19 can do so at the Department of Immigration Office in Vientiane.  U.S. …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

April 1, 2020 Location: Laos Event: Possible Evacuation Flights for United States Citizens The Department of State is preparing a potential evacuation flight with capacity for private U.S. citizens on a reimbursable basis, leaving Wattay International Airport in early April 2020, and proceeding to a destination in the United States TBD. Estimated cost per passenger …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos (March 31, 2020)  Location:  Laos  Event:  Commercial flight from Vientiane to Seoul  A special Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane (VTE) to Seoul (ICN) will depart 00:15 on Friday, April 3, and arriving in Seoul at 07:30 the same day.  A number of tickets were still available as of this evening.  Tickets cost US$775/adult …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

March 31, 2020 Location: Laos Event: Possible Evacuation Flights for United States Citizens The Department of State is preparing a potential evacuation flight with capacity for private U.S. citizens on a reimbursable basis, leaving Wattay International Airport in early April 2020, and proceeding to a destination in the United States TBD.  Estimated cost per passenger …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

March 30, 2020 Location: Laos Event: Possible Evacuation Flights for United States Citizens The Department of State is preparing potential evacuation flights with capacity for private U.S. citizens on a reimbursable basis, leaving Wattay International Airport in early April 2020, and proceeding to a destination in the United States TBD. Estimated cost per passenger will …

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Health and Travel Alert

March 26, 2020 On March 26, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced that it would grant an exemption to the enhanced COVID-19 screening measures described in  the March 22 Travel Alert  to U.S. Citizen passengers transiting Thailand, provided transit time is no longer than 24 hours. In order to qualify for this exemption, travelers must also have a …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos (March 24, 2020)

On March 24, the Embassy of Thailand in Vientiane announced enhanced measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  All commercial flights between Vientiane and Bangkok will be discontinued after March 27 until further notice.  Thai Airways will operate one flight on March 25 and another on March 27.  U.S. Citizens interested in these flights should contact Thai Airways and consult …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

March 22, 2020 Location: Laos Event:  On March 22, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) announced that all border checkpoints and crossings between Thailand and Laos, including Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge 1 at Nongkhai-Vientiane, will close effective 11:59 p.m. on March 22 until further notice.  Vehicles transporting goods with customs permits are still permitted to cross at some border …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Location:  Thailand and Laos Event:  Border Closures and COVID-19 Screening and Quarantine Measures in Thailand On March 20, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) announced the closure of land border entry points throughout Thailand, as well as a list of entry points that will remain open.  The following entry points on the Thailand-Laos border are still open: …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos (March 17, 2020)

Location:  Laos Event:  On March 17, the Government of Laos declared that individuals not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms entering Laos from a country without a common border with Laos but with more than 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 are required to undertake 14 days of self-quarantine after entering Laos. Individuals not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms who enter …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Location:  Laos Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China. The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 80,000 reported cases worldwide. The government of Laos has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. At present, these restrictions apply …

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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: [08/25/2020] Country-Specific Information:  LAOS All land border crossings and international flights to/from Laos remain closed with the exception of periodic flights to and from the PRC and weekly UN humanitarian flights. Domestic flights continue. Public transportation has resumed operation. Restaurants, grocery stores, and schools/universities are open, and large gatherings and religious …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos Do not travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China.  On January 30, the World Health Organization determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos (January 25, 2020) Location:  Laos Event:  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a  Level 3 Travel Notice  recommending against all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China due to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, which can be spread from person to person.  Symptoms of this illness …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Vientiane

Location: Laos Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad.   The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.     Actions to Take:   Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. …

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Health Alert: Dengue

Location: Countrywide Event: Dengue is endemic throughout Southeast Asia, including Laos, and is a leading cause of febrile illness among travelers.  Risk of Dengue in Laos is present nationally and year-round.  Peak transmission occurs during warmer and wetter months, usually from May to October. Actions to Take: Visit the CDC’s website for health information on Dengue and on …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos – July 25, 2018

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos – July 25, 2018 Location: Southern Laos: Attapeu and Champasak Provinces Event: Damage to a hydroelectric dam in Attapeu Province has resulted in severe flooding along the Xe Pian River in southern Lao PDR.  Flooding is also expected in Pakse in the coming days due to cresting …

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