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 the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand and the CAAT.
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.
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 Saturday, May 9, 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 USD$200/child under 2 (in lap).
In addition to purchasing this VTE-ICN ticket (details below), U.S. Citizen travelers must make arrangements using available commercial means (e.g. online or a travel agent) for a connecting flight departing Incheon International Airport within 24 hours of arrival in South Korea (i.e. no later than 07:00 on Sunday, May 10) toward their final destination in the United States. You must be able to present proof of purchase of this onward ticket to be allowed to board the plane in Vientiane.
Please note that the Republic of Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) imposes a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all inbound passengers. Most foreign travelers on short-term travel will be required to quarantine at a government-designated facility at their own expense for 14 days (this includes U.S. citizens traveling on 90-day visa free travel and short-term visa holders). The facility will cost approximately 100 U.S. dollars per night. All passengers who exhibit symptoms will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing on arrival at the airport.
Passengers transiting through Incheon International Airport to third countries will not face this quarantine requirement. Thus, U.S. Citizens who purchase tickets on this flight must not leave the passenger area of Incheon International Airport, and must arrange onward travel that departs within 24 hours of their arrival. You can find more information at the website of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.
We encourage U.S. Citizens who want to return to the United States immediately to book this flight if they have the means to do so and can arrange ongoing travel accordingly. We are not aware of any other commercial flight routes from Vientiane to an airport with connecting flights to the United States. The U.S. Embassy is not organizing another special chartered flight.
Tickets for this flight can be purchased by contacting TicketLao at email@example.com or +856 (0)20 55 559 288 or +856 (0)20 52 554 747.
These tickets are limited and are available to the general public. 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 flight or seat availability; please direct such questions to the contact details above. The Embassy also will not make travel arrangements on your behalf.
Actions to Take:
Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Laos.
Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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