Laos to drop Covid entry curbs for vaccinated tourists

Laos to drop Covid entry curbs for vaccinated tourists

Visitors take photos at the Patuxai (Victory Gate) in Vientiane in 2019 before Laos closed the border due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Dusida Worrachaddejchai)
Visitors take photos at the Patuxai (Victory Gate) in Vientiane in 2019 before Laos closed the border due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Dusida Worrachaddejchai)

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 neighbouring country saw an 80% downturn in international traveller numbers in 2020 -- 4.7 million foreign tourists visited the previous year.

From January travellers had been 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.

The relaxed measures will see international checkpoints re-opened 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.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (15)
TRENDING

Prayut silent amid tenure controversy

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha remains tight-lipped about the opposition's move to seek a Constitutional Court ruling over a dispute regarding the eight-year limit on his premiership.

10:23

Elon Musk tweets he is 'buying Manchester United'

Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday evening that he is purchasing the Manchester United football club, although it was not clear if the eccentric billionaire, currently embroiled in a lawsuit over his bid to buy Twitter, was being serious.

09:40

Primate suspect: US monkey dials 911

LOS ANGELES: California cops rushed to a zoo after a 911 call -- only to find it had been placed by a mischievous monkey.

09:12