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Information for Travelers Returning to the United States (January 19, 2021)
January 19, 2021

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.  

See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result page to view the order, complete the attestation, and to see FAQ’s.  

Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements.

If you are planning to return to the U.S., you should contact your airline for specific information about testing requirements for travelers. Because airlines may adopt and modify their own specific policies to implement CDC’s new rule, you should contact the carrier for your U.S.-bound flight and not rely on information from other carriers or information or experience from previous trips.

For the latest updates and for information on where to get COVID tested in Laos, please also read the U.S. Embassy in Laos’ COVID-19 information page.

Event: Commercial Flight from Vientiane to Kuala Lumpur on January 24, 2021

Private businesses are organizing a special flight from Vientiane to Kuala Lumpur, expected to depart 8:55 AM on January 24, 2021 and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at approximately 12:40 PM the same day. Tickets are still available. Tickets cost USD$490.

Tickets for this flight can be reserved by contacting Oudomsin Travel at +856 (0)20 55 518 999 or +856 (0)20 55 511 888, Lin Travel at +856 (0)20 59 429 515 or +856 (0)20 59 426 615, Kian Min Lao Travel at +856 (0)20 55 519 181 or +856 (0)20 55 520 030 or All Time Travel at +856 (020) 55402009 | T: +856 (021) 453333-5 | Fax: +856 (021) 415000. These tickets are limited and are available to the general public. Please note that this flight is arranged by private businesses; 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.

Please note that U.S. citizens are currently not permitted to enter Malaysia. U.S. citizens may transit through the international terminals of Malaysian airports as long as they are not required to pass through immigration while in transit. Note that this could change with little notice. KLIA and KLIA2 are different terminals, and travelers cannot transfer between these terminals without passing through immigration. Therefore please confirm connecting flight terminals before commencing travel.

Passengers booking this flight will have to book onward connections from Kuala Lumpur to their final destination and will have to show proof to the airline before being allowed to board the flight to Kuala Lumpur.

U.S. citizens considering this flight option should closely review the Malaysian Government’s entry and exit policies.  A summary of those policies can be found on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

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