Laos to drop Covid entry rules for vaccinated tourists from May 9

The South-east Asian country has reported falling coronavirus cases and deaths

Laos is reopening to vaccinated tourists on Monday, May 9. Anna Hoch-Kenney / Unsplash
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Laos will drop Covid-19 entry restrictions for fully vaccinated tourists from Monday after the country reported falling coronavirus cases and deaths, senior officials said.

The small South-east Asian nation saw an 80 per cent downturn in international traveller numbers in 2020 ― 4.7 million foreign tourists visited the previous year.

From January, travellers were required to complete seven days of quarantine, present a negative Covid-19 test and were limited to travelling within certain areas with officially sanctioned tour groups.

Deputy Minister and Deputy Head of the Prime Minister's Office Thipphakone Chanthavongsa said on Saturday that a task force's recommendations that "measures for entering Laos PDR and relaxation for locals" had been approved.

"The Government sees it is time to develop the economy," she said.

As part of the relaxed measures, international checkpoints will be reopened for Laotian citizens and foreigners, provided they are fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated visitors must produce a Rapid Antigen Test issued within 48 hours of leaving their origin country.

Tourists will also have to pay for their own medical treatment should they become Covid-19 positive.

Laos officials added that pubs and karaoke bars could reopen.

The country has reported 663,533 coronavirus cases and 16,509 deaths.

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Updated: May 08, 2022, 10:53 AM