Entries by Subsin Sinuvong

Laos Slashes Quarantine Measures for New Arrivals and Returning Residents

Laos has announced it has cut the required quarantine period for new arrivals from 14 days to just seven days for certain types of visitors. Government Spokesperson and Vice Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, Madame Thippakone Chanthavongsa, made an announcement this evening confirming the new quarantine measures. She said that in 2022, with vaccination […]

Why Laos Should Fully Reopen to Tourism (and Save the Economy)

Should Laos fully reopen tourism and allow free independent travelers to enter the country? What might the future hold if group tours fail to arrive?  In 2019, tourism contributed 10% to the world’s GDP; in Laos, the industry made up 12% of the country’s GDP. Tourism and related industries employed nearly 400,000 people and were a […]

ASEAN Tourism Reopens Amid Renewed Challenges

ASEAN tourism ministers announced the reopening of tourism in the region at the close of the ASEAN Tourism Forum held in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. During the forum, tourism ministers from each ASEAN nation revealed their shared strategy to boost regional tourism recovery. The region has seen a decline in tourism of over 200%, with the Covid-19 […]

Laos Considers Easing Restrictions on Entrance Visas

A new notice issued by the Prime Minister’s Office has instructed authorities to consider easing certain Covid measures, including restrictions on entry to the country. The notice, issued yesterday by the Prime Minister’s Office and signed off by Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Khamchen Vongphosy, asks authorities to consider easing restrictions on entry to […]

Tad Yuang Waterfall Wins ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award

Tad Yuang Waterfall in Champasack Province has received an ASEAN sustainable tourism award this year. The award will be presented to officials from Laos during the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) held in Cambodia this week, Laopost reports. The 3rd ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards (ASTA) are held every two years in support of the implementation of ASEAN’s Tourism […]

Laos Updates List of Countries Permitted to Enter Under Travel Green Zone Plan

Laos has announced that tourists from an additional 14 countries will be permitted to enter the country under its Travel Green Zone Plan. The Consular Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has approved Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Russia, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Israel, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Poland, Denmark, and Belgium […]