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Last verified: Thursday, 19. September 2019 at 07:22 AM

Laos Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Travelling Laos is (relatively) safe

Local Situation: 1.8 / 5

Travelling Laos is (relatively) safe. We detected travel advisories from 5 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.1 / 5

Laos shares a land border with 5 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Laos), the Advisory Index is 2.1 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: China (2.3), Myanmar (2.3), Thailand (2.3), Cambodia with 2 and Vietnam with 1.7 (of 5).

Risk scoring history for Laos

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Laos.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Laos from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 1.8 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 0 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in Laos.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/laos

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Laos.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Avoid non-essential travel to Xaisomboun Province due to the potential of violent incidents, and the Attapeu Province where recovery efforts are ongoing since recent flooding of the hydroelectric dam. Travel to certain parts of the Xaisomboun Province requires a permit from Lao authorities. There has been a number of violent incidents in the Xaisomboun Province in recent years, including shooting attacks and the detonation of improvised explosive devices. These have resulted in a number of deaths and injuries, including of civilians.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise normal precautions in Laos. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. The government of Laos has declared an emergency and requested international assistance in response to severe flooding in the south of Laos. The following provinces are affected: Khammouan, Savannakhet, Saravan, Champassak, Xekong and Attapeu. The flooding has ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/laos-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/laos

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet -

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/LA

Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Laos.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Xieng Khouang

Info: Iaktta särskild försiktighet

Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Laos.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Savannakhét

Info: Iaktta särskild försiktighet

Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Laos.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Saravane

Info: Iaktta särskild försiktighet

Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Laos.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Sékong

Info: Iaktta särskild försiktighet

Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Laos.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Khammouan

Info: Iaktta särskild försiktighet

Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Laos.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Champassak

Info: Iaktta särskild försiktighet

Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Laos.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Houaphan

Info: Iaktta särskild försiktighet

Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Laos.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Attopeu

Info: Iaktta särskild försiktighet

Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Laos.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Louang Prabang

Info: Iaktta särskild försiktighet

Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Laos.

Issued by: Finnish government

Coverage: Xaisômboun

Info: Iaktta särskild försiktighet

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Malta

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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Laos against all but essential travel to the province of Xaisomboun due to the tense security situation and random shooting incidents. 

Source: https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

About Laos

Laos with its capital Vientiane is a country in Asia (South-Eastern Asia), slightly larger than Utah (236,800 km²). The country is located Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam. The climate can be described as tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April). The landscape is mostly rugged mountains; some plains and plateaus. With a population of about 6.68 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Vientiane
Population about 6.68 million
Size 236.800 km²
Size comparable to slightly larger than Utah
Common languages English, French, Lao
Currency Kip (short: LAK)
Common voltage (electricity) 230V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/1800
International phone prefix +856
Internet Top Level Domain .la
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 LA
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 LAO
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 418

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Laos is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • deforestation
  • most of the population does not have access to potable water
  • soil erosion
  • unexploded ordnance

Natural hazzards

  • floods, droughts

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Laos. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. agricultural processing
  2. cement
  3. construction
  4. copper
  5. electric power
  6. garments
  7. gold
  8. gypsum
  9. mining
  10. rubber

Agriculture products

  1. cassava
  2. cattle
  3. coffee
  4. corn
  5. cotton
  6. manioc
  7. peanuts
  8. pigs
  9. poultry
  10. rice

Lao or Laotian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Laos.

Export products

  1. cassava
  2. coffee
  3. copper
  4. electricity
  5. gold
  6. tin
  7. wood products

Import products

  1. consumer goods
  2. equipment
  3. fuel
  4. machinery
  5. vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Laos?

Laos is currently rated at 1,8 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 5 official sources. Travelling Laos is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Laos in 2019?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Laos.

How many travel advisories do you know for Laos?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 5 individual sources for Laos.

What is the size of Laos?

Laos has a size of 236,800 km² or 91,429 mi² which is slightly larger than Utah.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.