Laos drops Covid entry curbs for vaccinated travellers

TD Editor

Laos has dropped Covid-19 entry restrictions for fully vaccinated tourists after the country reported falling coronavirus cases and deaths. The country saw an 80% downturn in international traveller numbers in 2020 — 4.7 million foreign tourists visited the previous year.

From January travellers had been required to complete seven days of quarantine, present a negative Covid-19 test, and were limited to travelling within certain areas with officially sanctioned tour groups.

Deputy Minister and Deputy Head of the Prime Minister’s Office Thipphakone Chanthavongsa said that a taskforce’s recommendations that measures for entering Laos PDR and relaxation for locals had been approved. The relaxed measures will see international checkpoints re-opened for Laotian citizens and foreigners, provided they are fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated visitors must produce a Rapid Antigen Test issued within 48 hours of leaving their origin country. Tourists will also have to pay for their own medical treatment should they become Covid-19 positive.

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