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 notice.  Commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China.

Those currently in China should consider departing using commercial means.  The Department of State has requested that all non-essential U.S. government personnel defer travel to China in light of the novel coronavirus.

In an effort to contain the novel coronavirus, the Chinese authorities have suspended air, road, and rail travel in the area around Wuhan and placed restrictions on travel and other activities throughout the country.  On January 23, 2020, the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members from Wuhan.  The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Hubei province.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Warning for all of China.


According to the Government of Laos, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Laos.


Actions to Take:


  • Avoid all travel to China.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you traveled to Wuhan and feel sick, or were exposed to someone who was in Wuhan in the last six weeks who has fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away.




U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos

+856 (0)21 487 000 


State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Laos Country Specific Information 

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