Laos welcomes back international travel after two-year closure

This Southeast Asian country has reopened its borders with only a few travel restrictions in place...

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Laos has officially reopened to international travel after more than two years of tough border restrictions due to coronavirus.

As the final step of its three-stage reopening plan, the Southeast Asian country is now welcoming back tourists from around the world. Visitors can once again explore some of Wanderlust’s favourite places, including of ancient city of Luang Prabang, the charming capital of Vientiane, or the adventurous town of Vang Vieng.

During the closure of Laos, only residents were allowed to enter. This was followed by some tourists being able to travel to Laos from January this year – but only if booked on a tour and at certified hotels.

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Buddha statue at Wat Pha That Luang, Vientiane (Shutterstock)

Buddha statue at Wat Pha That Luang, Vientiane (Shutterstock)

The Song River in Vang Vieng (Shutterstock)

The Song River in Vang Vieng (Shutterstock)

Laos entry requirements

There are still some restrictions in place in order to enter Laos. Following in the footsteps of its neighbouring countries, you will need to present proof of vaccination in order to enter. The booster jab isn’t necessary, but the final dose of vaccination should be administered no less than 14 days before arrival.

Those unvaccinated will also be able to enter Laos. A negative COVID-19 test will be required, taken within 48 hours of departure to the country.

Vaccination certificate and negative coronavirus results will need to be uploaded to this mobile app before travelling, along with a completed health declaration form.

All visitors should also take out medical insurance which covers coronavirus treatment, and also apply for an eVisa

Tourist attractions, restaurants and other venues are now reopen, all adhering to COVID-19 regulations. Face masks are still expected to be worn in some places.

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