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Last verified: Thursday, 9. April 2020 at 07:42 AM

Laos Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Laos

Local Situation: 3.0 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Laos. We detected travel advisories from 5 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.3 / 5

Laos shares a land border with 5 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Laos), the Advisory Index is 3.3 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: China (4), Cambodia (3.3), Myanmar (3.3), Vietnam with 3.3 and Thailand with 3 (of 5).

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Laos

There are currently 15 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Laos. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently no officially reported deaths related to this disease in Laos.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice 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 3.0 out of 5.0.

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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Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Exercise normal precautions in Laos. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Xaisomboun Province due to civil unrest. Exercise increased caution in: Remote areas along the border with Burma due ...

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

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

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: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

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

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

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: 5 - Do not travel.

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

Advisory issued by: Australia

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Foreigners are currently not allowed to enter Laos. Regular flights out of Laos have stopped and land borders are closed. If you wish to leave Laos, check regularly with your airline, travel agent or tour operator for the latest information. If you're in Laos, follow the advice of local authorities. The Lao Government has announced new measures to prevent ...

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/laos

Individual rating changes for Laos

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Laos. Most recent events first.

Changes from March 22nd 2020

The total rating for Laos changed from 2.8 to 3.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government increased their existing warning for Laos to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 18th 2020

The total rating for Laos changed from 2.6 to 2.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Laos to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 16th 2020

The total rating for Laos changed from 2.0 to 2.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for Laos to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 1.0 (by +3.0).

Changes from March 15th 2020

The total rating for Laos changed from 1.5 to 2.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Laos with a rating of 4.0.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Laos changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for Laos with a rating of 1.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Laos with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Laos with a rating of 1.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Laos with a rating of 2.0.

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 3,0 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 5 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Laos.

Is it safe to travel Laos in 2020?

Visiting the country Laos is usually fine. The score is at 3,0 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

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 current Corona virus situation in Laos?

There are currently 15 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Laos. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently no officially reported deaths related to this disease in 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.