COVID Update for October 2020
COVID Update for October 2020


COVID Update for October 2020


Laos continues to be dealing well with the pandemic. There are currently no cases of community transmission in Laos. There have been a total of 23 cases so far, with all but one patient having recovered. The remaining patient is currently being treated in a government facility.


Travel into Laos is extremely difficult, only open to select groups including experts, NGO workers, diplomats, and Lao nationals. No tourist visas are being issued. Anyone entering Laos must undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine at a government approved facility. 

However there are no travel restrictions within Laos. The Lao Thiao Lao (Lao Travel Lao) campaign to promote domestic tourism is in full swing with great deals on hotels and flights available for everyone in Laos. Villagers in remote areas are wary of strangers, but tourism hotspots like Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang are excited to welcome guests. Bars and nightclubs remain closed however there are many restaurants/bars that are able to open under a restaurant license. Last month saw the end of Buddhist Lent in Luang Prabang and the annual fire boat festival. While it was scaled down compared to previous years, it was a positive sign for the country that it was able to go ahead. The Boat Racing Festival in Vientiane was also significantly scaled but went ahead with a symbolic race between two boats. 


For anyone stuck in Laos and trying to leave, options are extremely limited. All land borders remain closed with a few exceptions. There are a small number of charter flights scheduled for the end of the month. There is a weekly World Food Program flight but that is only available to NGO and embassy staff. If you need to leave Laos, please seek advice from your embassy.

For travelers stuck in Laos, the government continues to offer unlimited visa extensions for tourist visas.


David Ormsby

David is a writer, explorer, adventurer, outdoor educator, and guide. He was worked across the Asia Pacific in a number of different roles within the eco-tourism and outdoor industry. Since 2016 David has lived and worked in Laos, and brings a depth of experience to his writing in Laos.