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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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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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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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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Thai Embassies Scrap 500k THB Financial Requirement For Single Entry Tourist Visa

The Thai embassies in London and Washington appear to have scrapped the recent requirement for foreigners applying for a Single Entry Tourist Visa (SETV) to show proof of funds totalling 500,000 THB or equivalent.

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Single Entry Tourist Visa To Thailand Now Requires Foreigners To Show Funds Of 500’000 THB

Foreigners who wish to apply for a Single Entry Tourist Visa (SETV) to Thailand are now required to provide 6 months worth of bank statements showing a bank balance of at least 500,000 THB.

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International Border Crossings Remain Closed To Ordinary Travellers: Latest Update

The Prime Minister’s Office issued the update on Saturday, relaxing some of the restrictions in a bid to gradually normalise the situation and mitigate economic impacts.

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Laos To Launch Fast-Track Immigration Service For China Soon

Incomers are expected to spend a shorter time in quarantine; Authorities are also considering the use of electronic tracking devices

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Chinese Workers and Gamblers Illegally Stream Into Laos to Avoid Quarantine

Laos has detained and deported hundreds of Chinese nationals in recent months for illegally entering the country to sidestep a mandatory 14-day coronavirus quarantine period and head straight to casinos to gamble or work

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Top 3 Expos Of Laos Postponed To 2021 Due To Covid-19 Crisis

The organisers of the top three expos of Laos have announced that LaoBuild 2020, Lao Food & Hotel 2020 and LaoCafe 2020 have been rescheduled to June 17-19, 2021 in line with the government’s Covid-19-related restrictions.

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Lao Health Ministry Details Requirements For Traveller’s Mandatory Medical Certificates

The National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has assigned the Ministry of Health to conduct tests and issue medical certificates for travellers who need to exit Laos

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Insurance Cover for USD100,000 Stipulated for all Returning Foreigners To Thailand

The regulations state that passengers must show they have medical insurance which applies in Thailand and covers anything and everything to do with covering COVID19. The minimum medical coverage in Thailand is for an amount of not less than USD100,000.

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International Flights To Thailand Won’t Resume Until September, Says Aviation Authority

Thailand Civil Aviation Authority (CAAT) has said it will be September before international flights to and from the country resume.

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Laos Has Avoided A Major Health Crisis, Yet To Be Immune To Global Economic Downturn

The Lao PDR has so far avoided a major health crisis but has not been immune from the global economic downturn as the COVID-19-induced economic recession has affected the country through multiple channels including tourism, trade, investment, commodity prices, exchange rates, and lower remittances.

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Lao Employment Law During The COVID-19 Pandemic

We address the human resources challenges facing employers in Laos and answer the challenging questions relating to the workplace within Laos’ labour law framework and COVID-19-specific regulations and guidance

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Labour Ministry Orders Businesses To Pay Workers Amid Virus Outbreak

The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has instructed businesses in the production and service sectors to respect the Law on Labour, related laws, and regulations on the payment of workers affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Lockdown Eased, But Thailand Remains Closed To Foreign Tourists For Another Month

Though Thailand will allow some businesses to reopen from Friday (May 1), the country is still not ready to welcome foreign tourists, say government officials.

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Schools Expected To Reopen On May 11 Under Close Supervision

State and private kindergartens, primary and secondary schools and tertiary education institutions along with sporting activities, are expected to reopen on May 11 amid strict measures.

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PM Extends Restrictions For Virus Control, Some Eased To Minimise Economic Impact

The prime minister told the cabinet to remain tough in enforcing his Order No. 6 which imposes tougher prevention and control measures, and measures imposed by the relevant authorities.

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Factories, Businesses To Operate Amid Lockdown

Factories and businesses at the heart of the Lao economy will be able to resume their operations amid the extended lockdown ordered by the Prime Minister to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Schools, Centres Of Higher Education To Remain Closed

The Ministry of Education and Sports announced on Friday that all schools and tertiary centres of education will remain closed from April 22 to May 3 as part of government efforts to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Vientiane Focuses On Food Security Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Authorities in Vientiane have taken steps to ensure food security amid the challenges posed by the Covid-19 outbreak, which has resulted in problems in transporting agricultural products from other provinces.

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No Covid-19 Cases For Two Consecutive Days

The National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control on Friday reported there had been no more reported cases of Covid-19 for two days, with the total number of confirmed cases remaining stable at 10.

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Northern Laos Province Closes 10 Border Crossings With Vietnam

Authorities in northern Laos’ Huaphan province on Sunday (March 15) called for the temporary closure of 10 traditional border crossings with Vietnam

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Laos Cancels Public Events Including Lao New Year Celebrations on COVID-19 Fears

Authorities in Laos are urging the public to suspend or postpone all “unnecessary” social events including weddings and Lao New Year celebrations in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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