Entry-Exit Rules Explained As Full Reopening Begins On Monday
Source: Vientiane Times
The government has dropped six entry requirements that were previously imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19, with Laos fully opening up to travellers on Monday.Travellers no longer need to do or obtain the following:
– Travellers no longer need to do or obtain the following:
– Take an RT-PCR test prior to departure.
– Take an ATK test at a border crossing if fully vaccinated.
– Buy Covid-19 insurance
– Register on the Lao Green Pass website ‘laogreenpass.gov.la’ previously required to certify vaccination status and the RT-PCR test result.
– Undergo quarantine
– Provide a certificate indicating vaccination status if not fully vaccinated.
These rules have now been dropped in relation to everyone entering or departing Laos by air, land or water.
The national flag carrier Lao Airlines has posted the entry and exit rules on its website following a notice issued by the government announcing the reopening of Laos. The airline is now preparing to add more flights to cope the expected increase in passenger numbers.
Declaring the reopening, the government announced the following:
– Reopen all international border crossings
– Implement bilateral and unilateral visa waiver agreements (which Laos has signed with relevant countries), and resume visa on arrival and e-visa (electronic visa) applications,
– Allow all types of vehicles to enter and exit Laos as before the Covid-19 outbreak,
– Fully vaccinated travellers must obtain vaccination certificates,
– People who have not been fully vaccinated are to take a Covid-19 ATK test within 48 hours of departure for Laos, except for those under the age of 12.
In addition, the government has allowed entertainment venues including karaoke clubs to reopen.
The reopening of Laos comes in the wake of the declining number of Covid cases, both worldwide and in Laos, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has said. The taskforce will continue to closely monitor the Covid-19 situation and revise measures accordingly if need be.