News & Events

Government Announces Lockdown of Vientiane Capital Province & Additional COVID-19

On April 21, the Lao P.D.R. Prime Minister’s Office issued a new order which will be effective from 6 A.M. on Thursday, April 22 until midnight on Wednesday, May 5. The order includes the following points of interest to U.S. citizens: Travel is prohibited out from the Vientiane Capital district to the provinces. Travel into ...
Read More»

Alert: Government of Laos Announces Updated COVID restrictions

On April 12, the Government of Laos announced updated regulations to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19.  These regulations complement measures that the Government of Laos announced on July 29, 2020 and that the Embassy described in an August 5, 2020 travel alert.  The updated regulations will be in effect until April 30, 2021.  The ...
Read More»

Information on COVID-19 Vaccines for U.S. citizens in Laos

The government of Laos’ Ministry of Health (MoH) released a note on April 1, 2021 inviting members of the public, in certain target groups, to register for COVID-19 vaccinations in Vientiane. The government is employing a phased approach that prioritizes health workers, people over 60, and people with underlying health conditions. Foreigners, including U.S. citizens, ...
Read More»

Testimony of Ambassador Atul Keshap Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member, Members of the Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to be here today. It is my honor to speak with you about recent events in Burma, the State Department’s response, and our efforts to ensure the safety of our personnel and American citizens. Watch the full video here. The United States has condemned in the strongest ...
Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Atul Keshap, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, at the Mekong-U.S. Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue Opening Plenary

The Mekong Matters It is an honor to speak at this event, the first in this important Dialogue series, where we hear from voices in the region about strengthening transparent, responsive governance. Gatherings like this exemplify President Biden’s view that we can only meet today’s accelerating global challenges by working together. It is also my ...
Read More»