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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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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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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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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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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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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Can Lao Move To A Digital Economy?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a train that you either get on or you’ll find yourself being left far, far behind.

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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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Coming soon! The banlao.la Homes, Loans & Lifestyle EXPO – December 4, 5, 6 2020

The banlao.la Homes, Loans, and Lifestyle Expo will see 100+ companies under one roof at the NCC in Vientiane Capital and is set to welcome 10,000+ guests from across Laos, the ASEAN region, and Mainland China

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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 Set Its Own Debt Trap

‘Inadequate’ foreign exchange reserves, a widening current account deficit, contingent liabilities from public–private partnerships, poor governance — including weak institutional capacity and corruption controls — and constrained political freedoms that limit accountability have all contributed

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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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Stakeholders Discuss Establishment Of Consumer Protection Association

Stakeholders from the public and private sectors as well as civil society met in Vientiane to discuss and exchange views on the establishment of a consumer protection association.

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Luang Prabang Film Festival’s Lao Filmmakers Fund Awards Seven Grants To Local Film Projects

A psychological thriller about a young woman experiencing trauma and two new features from first-time directors are among those to win support from the 2020 Lao Filmmakers Fund

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