Lockdown Extended But More Restrictions Lifted

The government has extended the lockdown for another 15 days until July 4 but has eased some restrictions to alleviate the hardship caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and gradually normalise the situation.

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500,000 Doses Of Sinopharm Vaccine Arrive From China

This is the fifth delivery of vaccine produced by Sinopharm (China National Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd.) and will be used to vaccinate people aged 18 to 60 under the government’s National Deployment and Vaccination Plan.

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State, Private Sectors Set Up Joint Venture Dry Port Company To Develop Lao Logistics

A joint venture agreement was signed in Vientiane on June 10 to establish Thakhek Dry Port Co Ltd, which will develop “Thakhek Dry Port” as a gateway for international goods and encourage Laos to become a regional and international logistics service centre.

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Laos Govt Approves Vientiane-Pakse Expressway Route Selection

The Lao government has recently approved the route selection for Vientiane-Pakse Expressway Project recommended by a Chinese engineering company.

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Taskforce Sets Conditions For Entry And Exit From Vientiane

The Vientiane Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has specified the conditions under which local residents, government officials and members of organisations may enter or exit the capital from now until June 19.

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Concerns Intensify Over Blood Clots In Covid Patients

News that a diabetic woman who contracted Covid-19 had two legs amputated last week because of blood clots has sparked further alarm about the complications that can be caused by the virus.

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Markets Under Scrutiny In Covid Crackdown

The government is keeping a close watch on Vientiane’s markets and is taking steps to reduce the risk of the Covid-19 virus spreading after it was found that several infected people had visited markets.

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WHO Validates China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine For Emergency Use

The World Health Organisation (WHO) validated on Tuesday the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac for emergency use.

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Utilities Reduce Electricity And Water Tariffs For Households

The state-run Electricite Du Lao (EDL) and Vientiane Water Supply State Enterprise have cut power and water tariffs by three and five percent respectively to help people cope with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

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Vientiane-Pakxe Expressway Awaiting Govt Approval

Construction of the Vientiane-Pakxe expressway will go ahead after the government gives the green light for the proposed route, when feasibility studies on all sections of the highway will begin.

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More Villages Named Red Zones As Covid Spreads

Twenty-nine villages have been named as red zones, meaning they will remain under 24-hour surveillance and general entry and exit is banned in an attempt to contain the Covid-19 virus.

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56 More Infections Raise Covid Total To 1,878

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control on Tuesday warned that it will be difficult to prevent the spread of Covid-19 if people with the virus fail to provide information about those they have come into contact with.

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Govt Tightens Travel Restrictions In Red Zones

The Ministry of Health has instructed authorities in 18 provinces to classify areas of Covid-19 outbreak into colour-coded zones as part of efforts to control the spread of the virus.

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Covid-19 Rules Updated, Some Strengthened, Others Eased

The government has intensified Covid-19 prevention and control restrictions, while easing some where appropriate, as it extends measures to contain the outbreak for another 15 days until June 4.

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Korea Airports Corporation To Enter Korea’s First Airport Development Project In Laos

The Ministry of Planning and Investment of Laos selected Korea Airports Corporation as a feasibility study provider for the Luang Prabang airport development project.

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21 New Covid Cases, Risk Of Escalating Outbreak

Laos recorded another 21 cases of Covid-19 on Sunday but, although this number is small, authorities are concerned that a large number of people who are carrying the virus or are classified as at-risk of infection are concealing their identity.

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Laos’ Plan for 2021 Is To Vaccinate 50 Percent Of The Population

The vaccines being used are AstraZeneca, Sputnik V and Sinopharm and the total supply currently stands at 1,536,000 doses, which can immunise about 760,000 people, or 10.3 percent of the population.

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New Guidelines Issued For Vientiane Entry & Exit

The Vientiane Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has issued new guidelines which require people wishing to exit or enter the capital to submit certain documents while the lockdown remains in force.

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EDL To Discount Electricity Rates During Lockdown Period

The new electricity rates for households will be calculated from May to July in provinces under lockdown. The discount applies only to residential consumers and does not include value-added tax (VAT).

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Authorities Mull Policies To Ease Impacts Of Covid-19

A number of policies are being considered to mitigate the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak on the economy and people’s livelihoods.

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Changes in Client Service due to COVID-19: Notice to Our Clients

To help minimize the spread of the virus, we are implementing more components of our Business Continuity Plan to assist in the containment of the coronavirus and help protect us all.
Doing so, we assure you that we will continue to deliver outstanding business services, our teams will always remain at your disposal, providing you with our usual services.

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After A Day Of Confusion, Govt Dismisses Capital’s Lockdown Proposal

The government has decided not to lock down Vientiane after considering a request by city authorities to impose the drastic measure until the end of this month.

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Do’s & Don’t If You Have An Accident In Laos

For foreigners, driving in Laos can be very different to driving in their home country. Motorbike riders frequently drive on the wrong side of the road and cars do not always respect Lao road rules. Those new to the country will need to take great care to avoid accidents.
If an accident does occur, here are some tips on what to do & not to do:

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Lao Authorities Require People Entering Laos To Wear Out-Smart Bracelet

Lao authorities are advising foreign airlines to provide passengers flying to Laos with “out-smart” bracelets that monitor their temperature, as part of continuing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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J&C Insurance Brokers Awarded Agent Of The Year 2020

Once again rewarded as ‘Agent of the Year’, J&C Insurance Brokers was in 2020 performing at the highest level thanks to the support of the APA Insurance’ products!

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J&C Insurance Brokers Awarded Top Agent of Forte-Toko Assurance 2020

During the recent annual agent/broker celebration held by Forte-Toko Assurance, J&C Insurance Brokers was rewarded as Top Agent 2020.

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Ministry Seeks Changes To Expressway Toll, Currency Exchange Rates

The Investment Promotion Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment has advised the Laos-China Joint Expressway Development Co., Ltd. to revise the toll rate currently charged for pick-up trucks and also the dollar-kip exchange rate

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Lao Economy Set to Recover If Threats Can Be Contained

While economic growth in the Lao PDR contracted in 2020 for the first time in over two decades, the economy is set to recover in 2021 and in the medium term, provided the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is contained and business can resume with trading partners

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PM Thongloun Elected As Party Chief By XI Party Congress

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith was elected on Friday as Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee – the top post in the Party – replacing retiring Party leader Bounnhang Vorachit.

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Unemployment In Laos Soared By 20 Percent In 2020

The unemployment rate in Laos skyrocketed to 20 percent in 2020, a 10.6 percent increase compared to the figures for 2017, and the global Covid-19 outbreak was the main factor for the sharp increase in the number of jobless in the country.

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Tonpheung District Under Lockdown After Man Tests Positive For Covid-19

Authorities have ordered a lockdown in the Golden Triangle special economic zone, which includes Tonpheung district in Bokeo province, with no one allowed to enter or leave the district in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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Lao Postal Enterprise Partners With Chinese Express Delivery Operator

Laos’ state-owned postal enterprise is looking forward to working with its newly-signed partner, ZTO Express, a China-based provider of services including express delivery, logistics and e-commerce, to upgrade the skills of IT personnel as well as build capacity in other areas.

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Expressway Operator Clarifies Toll Charges

All vehicles using the newly-opened Vientiane-Vangvieng expressway must pay the set toll rates, except in the case of an emergency or accident, when specially designated ambulances can enter free or charge.

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China-Laos Railway Tracks Laid To Luang Prabang, Achieving Yearly Goals

The China-Laos railway tracks have successfully extended from Lao capital Vientiane to northern Laos’ transport hub Luang Prabang on Tuesday, thus accomplishing all the construction targets set at the beginning of 2020.

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More Domestic Tourists Rush To Vangvieng Amid Covid-19 Restrictions

Tourists from Vientiane and other nearby provinces are rushing to Vangvieng district for a short break despite the suspension of the Vangvieng Music Festival to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Thailand Could See Tens Of Thousands Of New Daily COVID Cases By Next Month: CCSA

Thailand could see tens of thousands of new COVID-19 cases per day by mid January, if people fail to follow the preventive guidelines issues to combat the spread of the virus.

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Laos Introduces Corporate Criminal Liability

Not only natural persons (individuals) but also legal persons, such as companies, NGOs, associations, and foundations operating in the Lao PDR, now face criminal liability under new legislation enacted by the government aimed at strengthening the rule of law in the country.

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Vientiane-Vangvieng Expressway Officially Open For Motorists

Motorists will now have the convenience of travelling from Vientiane to Vangvieng in an hour following the opening of a new expressway linking the capital to the popular tourist destination on Sunday.

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“Made in Laos 2020” To Promote Economic Recovery After Covid-19 Crisis

The upcoming Made in Laos 2020 fair, to be held at Lao-ITECC in Vientiane from December 25 to January 3 next year, will be used as a platform to spur domestic consumption and to promote a range of “Made in Laos” goods.

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Tonpheung District Locked Down After Two Imported COVID-19 Cases

Bokeo province has imposed a lockdown on Tonpheung district after a report informed authorities that two Chinese nationals infected with Covid-19 had travelling from Myanmar to China via the district and Luang Namtha province.

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