Laos opens with Green Zones

Laos opens with Green Zones

The first phase of Laos reopening its borders to tourists began on January 1. Areas that are open have been split into green zones and trails. These include Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang plus Champasack, Khammouane, Oudomxay, Xayaboury and Xieng Khouang. Conditions are much the same as Thailand’s suspended Test and Go scheme. All travellers must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in the country, they must have a negative RT-PCR within the previous 72 hours and have medical insurance to the value of US$50,000.

In addition they must download and register on the LaoKYC and the LaoStaySafe mobile apps before arriving and upload they relevant vaccination information. On arrival visitors must undergo another test and quarantine in their hotel for 24 hours while awaiting the result.

Nationalities that are allowed to visit include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland,France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

The second phase of reopening will be from April 1 to June 30 and will open Houay Xay District in Bokeo Province, Luang Namtha Province, Salavanh Province, Savannakhet.

The third phase is scheduled to begin on July 1 though details are yet to be announced.

• Meanwhile the Thai Enquirer has reported that a senior official is saying that the Thai Test And Go scheme, which was implemented in November and suspended a month later due to a surge in omicron cases, is unlikely to reinstated before the middle of 2022. Instead they plan to implement more sandbox locations where visitors can have the freedom of a certain area for seven days before being free to roam the rest of the country.

Main picture: Pha That Luang in Vientiane, Laos by Phillip Maiwald via Wikimedia Commons

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