Laos To Reopen All Borders

The Lao government on Saturday (Vientiane, May 7.) announced a full reopening of all international checkpoints, allowing vaccinated arrivals to enter the country without any testing requirements.

The government spokesperson and deputy head of the Prime Minister's Office, Thipphakone Chanthavongsa, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Saturday that as the number of COVID-19 cases had significantly decreased and in order to ensure economic recovery, the Lao government had coordinated with a number of sectors to determine new entry measures.

After canvassing public opinion and consulting with experts, the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has set out the new measures for entry to Laos, effective from Monday onward.

All international checkpoints will be opened for entry and exit by citizens and foreign residents.

Citizens of countries that have bilateral or unilateral visa waiver agreements with Laos may now enter Laos without the need for a visa.

Citizens of countries that do not have a visa waiver agreement with Laos may now apply for a visa at a Lao embassy or consulate abroad or via the e-Visa online system. Visa on arrivals will also be reinstated at certain international checkpoints.

Fully vaccinated foreigners or Lao citizens carrying a vaccination certificate may enter Laos without any screening or testing for COVID-19 when arriving by land, air, or water.

Non-vaccinated citizens of Laos, foreign citizens and residents aged 12 years and over must take a Rapid Antigen Test (ATK) at least 48 hours prior to departure and present the results upon arrival.

Foreign arrivals in Laos that become infected with COVID-19 must bear responsibility for all medical costs involved in treatment.

Thipphakone said that ministries and tourism departments, as well as tourism businesses, must now be fully prepared to welcome foreign tourists.

At the same time, she announced the reopening of entertainment venues and karaoke bars. However, they must ensure they fully comply with COVID-19 prevention measures

List of Laos Borders

Laos-Viet borders
Sop Hun (May, Phongsaly, Laos) – Tây Trang (Điện Biên district, Điện Biên province, Vietnam)
Namsoi (Viengxay, Houaphanh, Laos) – Na Mèo (Quan Sơn, Thanh Hóa, Vietnam)
Namkan (Nong Het, Xiangkhouang, Laos) – Nậm Cắn (Kỳ Sơn, Nghệ An, Vietnam)
Namphao (Khamkeut, Bolikhamsai, Laos) – Cầu Treo (Hương Sơn, Hà Tĩnh, Vietnam)
Naphao (Boualapha, Khammouane, Laos) – Cha Lo (Minh Hóa, Quảng Bình, Vietnam)
Dansavan (Seponh, Savannakhet, Laos) – Lao Bảo (Hướng Hóa, Quảng Trị, Vietnam)
Phoukeua (Phouvong, Attapeu, Laos) – Bờ Y (Ngọc Hồi, Kon Tum, Vietnam)

Cambodia–Laos border
There is currently one official crossing point, at Nong Nok Khiene (Laos) - Tropaeng Kreal (Cambodia)

Laos-China borders
The main one is located at (China) Mohan-Boten (Laos). A second crossing is at Lantouy further northeast (only for Chinese and Laotian citizens).
Nowaday the Vientiane–Boten railway and the Yuxi–Mohan railway connect between Kunming with Vientiane is also checking at Mohan-Boten border

Laos-Thai borders

Permanent Border Crossing

No                     Laos                  Thailand Notes
Border post Border post Opening hours
1 Houayxay, Houayxay District, Bokeo Chiang Khong Pier, Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai 0800 - 1800 Ferry Border Crossing.
2 Mittaphab 4, Ban Don, Houayxay District, Bokeo Chiang Khong, Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai 0600 - 2200 Border across the Fourth Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge.
3 Tonpheung, Ton Pheung District, Bokeo Chiang Saen Pier, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai 0800 - 1800 Ferry Border Crossing.
4 Golden Triangle, Ton Pheung District, Bokeo Golden Triangle, Ban Sop Ruak, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai 0600 - 2000 Ferry Border Crossing.
5 Pang Mon, Khop District, Sainyabuli Ban Huak, Phu Sang District, Phayao 0600 - 1800  
6 Ban Nam Ngeun, Ngeun District, Sainyabuli Ban Huai Kon, Chaloem Phra Kiat District, Nan 0800 - 2000  
7 Pha Keo, Parklai District, Sainyabuli Phu Doo, Ban Khok District, Uttaradit 0600 - 2000  
8 Nam Hueang, Kenethao District, Sainyabuli Ban Na Kraseng, Tha Li District, Loei 0700 - 1800 Border across the Nam Hueang Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge.
9 Kenethao, Kenethao District, Sainyabuli Ban Pak Huai, Tha Li District, Loei 0800 - 1800 Ferry Border Crossing.
10 Xanakharm, Xanakharm District, Vientiane Province Chiang Khan, Chiang Khan District, Loei 0800 - 1800 Ferry Border Crossing.
11 Ban Wang, Xanakharm District, Vientiane Province Ban Khok Phai, Pak Chom District, Loei 0800 - 1600 Ferry Border Crossing.
12 Tha Dua, Hadxayfong District, Vientiane Prefecture Tha Sadet, Mueang Nong Khai District, Nong Khai 0800 - 1800 Ferry Border Crossing.
13 Mittaphab 1, Ban Dongphosy, Hadxayfong District, Vientiane Prefecture Nong Khai, Mueang Nong Khai District, Nong Khai 0600 - 2200 Road and Railway Border Crossing.Border across the First Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge. Train services operational between Nong Khai railway station and Thanaleng railway station.
14 Pakxan Pier, Pakxan District, Bolikhamsai Bueng Kan Pier, Mueang Bueng Kan District, Bueng Kan 0800 - 1800 Ferry Border Crossing.
15 Thakhek, Thakhek District, Khammouane Nakhon Phanom Pier, Mueang Nakhon Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom 0600 - 1800 Ferry Border Crossing.
16 Mittaphab 3, Thakhek District, Khammouane Nakhon Phanom, Mueang Nakhon Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom 0600 - 2200 Border across the Third Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge.
17 Xayaphoum Pier, Kaysone Phomvihane District, Savannakhet Mukdahan Pier, Mueang Mukdahan District, Mukdahan 0600 - 1800 Ferry Border Crossing.
18 Mittaphab 2, Kaysone Phomvihane District, Savannakhet Mukdahan, Mueang Mukdahan District, Mukdahan 0600 - 2200 Border across the Second Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge.
19 Paktaphan, Lakhonepheng District, Salavan Ban Pak Saeng, Na Tan District, Ubon Ratchathani 0800 - 1800 Ferry Border Crossing.
20 Vang Tao, Phonthong District, Champasak Chong Mek, Sirindhorn District, Ubon Ratchathani 0600 - 2000

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