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You will need to quarantine for 10 days unless you've been fully vaccinated in the UK*, as well as taking a pre-departure test before you arrive in the UK (a Return PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly test), and two PCR tests on return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8). When you return to the UK, you can take a test on Day 5 (Test to Release) to leave quarantine early.
*If you were fully vaccinated in the UK at least 14 days ago, you do not need to quarantine, but still need to take a pre-departure test before arriving in the UK (a Return PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly test), and one PCR test on return to the UK (Day 2).

Laos Travel Restrictions

Updated:

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Reviewed:

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Who can travel to

Laos

?

Foreign Nationals, Partners to Foreign Nationals, Permanent Residence Holders

Accepted tests for entry

PCR

Test window

72 hours

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Laos COVID-19 Entry Requirements

Who can travel to

Laos

?

Foreign Nationals, Partners to Foreign Nationals, Permanent Residence Holders

Do children need to be tested?

Testing is not required for children under the age of 6 years old.

Test Requirements

PCR

Test window

72 hours

Result format

Print

Quarantine required and quarantine length

Yes

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Can You Travel To Laos?

Some restrictions on travel within Laos have been extended until 4 July 2021.

The government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points. No visas are being issued to people travelling from a country with cases of COVID-19, including the UK. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission.

Entry procedures for Laos visa-holders:

  • all foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test
  • all arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 test at their own expense. Positive cases will be admitted to hospital for treatment
  • all negative cases have to undergo 14 days quarantine at designated locations (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies)
    The application form for the health declaration is available on the official website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Anybody travelling to Laos with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and a travel history from coronavirus affected countries, will be isolated in hospital and tested. The hospitals being used are Mittaphab, Mahosot, Setthathirath and the National Military Hospital (103).

All arrivals testing negative for COVID-19 will have to undergo 14 days quarantine at designated locations, which include hotels (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies). A mandatory tracking device is fitted on arrival (a rental fee applies) to be worn during quarantine.

All travellers must have insurance covering COVID-19; a suitable policy is available for purchase on arrival.

Local Measures
Please monitor local official announcements for guidance in the latest restrictions.

The Lao authorities have announced an easing of lockdown restrictions in provinces with no COVID-19 infections. Most businesses (including gyms/spas, sports facilities, night markets, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping malls, retail shops and food markets) may open aif COVID preventative measures are in place. These may include providing alcohol gel, face masks being worn, 1m physical distancing and checking temperatures. However, some entertainment venues remain closed and the sale of alcohol is prohibited.

n Vientiane Capital many of the COVID-19 prevention measures and lockdown restrictions have been extended until 4 July as community transmission remains. Many businesses, restaurants, shopping malls, retail shops and food markets may open if COVID prevention measures are in place:

  • Vientiane Capital has introduced a zoning system, with different parts of the city graded red, yellow or green - restrictions are heaviest in the red areas. These zones may change over time
  • Travel in and out of Vientiane Capital is prohibited from infected areas
  • Meetings, events or gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited
  • Entertainment venues, karaoke venues, bars, internet cafes, spas, and gyms are closed

Lao Government COVID-19 regulations require that you inform the Embassy if you’re departing Laos. If you are leaving Laos, email BritishEmbassy.Vientiane@fcdo.gov.uk with your full name, passport number, flight details and a scan or photograph of the identification page of your passport. Please advise if you are travelling from a location other than Vientiane.

The Embassy will inform the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs of departing British Nationals, as required by the Lao Government.

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Travelling To Laos FAQs

Advice and answers from the Corona Test Centre Team

What do the three colours of the UK’s ‘Traffic Light System’ for travel mean?

  • Red: You must pay for a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, as well as taking a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test) and two PCR tests upon return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8).
  • Amber: You will need to quarantine for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test), and two PCR tests on return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8). When you return to the UK,  you can take a test on Day 5 (Test to Release) to leave quarantine early.
  • Green: You will not need to quarantine on return, but you must take a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test), and a PCR test on return to the UK on Day 2.


How will the government decide which countries go on the green, amber or red lists?

Countries are assigned to the three lists, based on a range of Covid-19 health metrics, which include figures on population vaccination, infection rates and prevalence of variants. The different traffic light colours indicate the risk in each destination and the associated tests and quarantine periods required. Lists are reassessed every three weeks, to account for changes in each country’s COVID-19 situation.

Will I need a PCR Fit to Fly Certificate to travel to

Laos

?

The PCR test is the gold standard for testing coronavirus and so is recommended for travel to all countries. For Laos, only PCR Fit to Fly Certificates are accepted.

Will I need an Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate to travel to

Laos

?

The PCR test is the gold standard for testing coronavirus and so is recommended for travel to all countries. For Laos, only PCR Fit to Fly Certificates are accepted. You will not be able to use an Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate to enter Laos but you will be able to use one to return to the UK.

Will I need a Day 2 test or Day 2 and 8 when I return to the UK?

Laosis currently on the amber list, this means that you will need a Day 2 PCR test and a Day 8 PCR test. You will need to buy this before you travel to the UK and use the reference code on your passenger location form. You will need to quarantine on arrival for 10 days. If you would like the opportunity to leave quarantine early, you can also book a Test to Release test. Please note that the travel restrictions are subject to change at very short notice.

I’m vaccinated, what tests do I need?

Laos is currently on the amber list, this means that you will need a Day 2 PCR test and a Day 8 PCR test. However, because you have both vaccinations, you can return to the UK and only take a Day 2 PCR test. You will need to buy this before you travel to the UK and use the reference code on your passenger location form. You will not need to quarantine on arrival for 10 days (unless you test positive). Please note that the travel restrictions are subject to change at very short notice.

Can I enter

Laos

with a double vaccination certificate?

Laos does not accept vaccination as an entry requirement and so you will need to provide a PCR Fit to Fly Certificate

What happens if I have visited another country before flying back to the UK from

Laos

?

The government advice for passengers travelling from Laos is that if you have visited another country in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK that is a higher risk than Laos, you must follow the travel guidance for the highest risk country you visited.

What else will I need to return to the UK?

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