Change of Departure Time of Special Chartered Flight – April 12 at 5:30 a.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 5:30 a.m. tomorrow, April 12.  It is scheduled to arrive in San Francisco, CA at 7:00 p.m. on April 12. 


U.S. Citizens who have received a message confirming they have a seat on the flight should arrive at Wattay International Airport at 2:00 a.m. for boarding.  Passengers arriving prior to 2:00 a.m. will not be allowed into the airport.   


Please note this scheduling change and plan accordingly.  


You can find answers to frequently asked questions about the special chartered flight here.    


English-speaking Embassy officers are available to answer questions at +856 (0)20 55 50 2016 and +856 (0)20 55 50 4944.  Lao and Hmong speakers may direct questions to +856 (0)20 55 505 924.  Please note these lines are intended for questions regarding this flight only.   


If you have not received an email confirming you have a seat on this flight, the Embassy cannot guarantee you will be able to board the plane.  


We regret the inherent inconvenience of this scheduling change.  


The Embassy has confirmed that ground transportation assistance in Vientiane will be available to you early in the morning.  If you need a taxi to the airport, please call +856 (0)20 55 885 664.  This is a private taxi service; the Embassy makes no guarantees about the quality of the service you may receive.  The Embassy has, however, confirmed that taxis will be available. 


U.S. Citizens inconvenienced by this scheduling change who may be seeking last-minute lodging may consider contacting the  Crowne Plaza Hotel in Vientiane at +856 (0)21 908 888.  The Crowne Plaza has generously arranged a special rate for passengers on this flight for USD$50/room for 12 hours lodging, one room service meal, and ground transportation to the airport prior to departure on April 12.  Each additional person up to a maximum of four people per room can be added for USD$10/person.  Please let hotel staff know you are departing on the special chartered flight.