Asia continues to gradually open up after COVID-19 with Cambodia and Thailand currently the easiest countries to travel to. Laos is an option although there not many tourists entering in the first 2 months since opening on January 1st. Recently, the much-awaited news of Vietnam’s reopening on the 15th March 2022 has taken many by surprise as it occurred earlier than expected. Indonesia has reduced its quarantine requirements to only 3 days with the look of a quarantine-free travel from the 1st of April 2022.

Laos opened for tourism on 1 January 2022 and visitors must purchase travel insurance and wear a health tracking device. The Laos Green Travel Zone Plan allows tourists on a tour package tours to visit from 31 countries. Tourism will be restricted to group tours at first, with tours arranged by authorized tour operators under the Lao Travel Green Zone Plan. During Phase 1, tourists will be able to enter Laos by air via Wattay International Airport and by land across the First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane Capital.

More borders will reopen in Phase 2, including Luang Prabang International Airport, Boten-Bohan border with China in Luang Namtha Province, the Third Friendship Bridge in Thakhek, the Second Friendship Bridge in Savannakhet, the Chongmek border in Pakse, the Lao Bao border with Vietnam in Savannakhet Province, and Nam Phao border (Luk Xao) with Vietnam in Bolikhamxay Province.

Tourists will be required to have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 no less than 14 days prior to arrival. For full details see COVID-19 Travel Information for Tourists.

It has been a long wait for tourism to begin, it is early days but now is a great time to start planning your visit. For the most up-to-date information and help planning your trip contact the friendly team at Tiger Trail Travel by email, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram or website.

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