When can you travel to Laos? Updated July 6th, 2021
Laos Travel Reopening Updates: July 6th, 2021
Laos, like most of Southeast Asia, appears to so far have escaped any significant spread of the coronavirus. Although they have conducted a relatively small number of tests, the country does have a rigorous system of tracing and isolation, and with about 85% of its population spread over not easy to reach rural areas, it has been far more successful in controlling the virus than the western world. Laos current official numbers, which are definitely an undercount, show a total of 2,244 covid cases and 3 deaths in this nation of 7.2 million people.
When will Laos reopen for tourism?
Based on informal conversations with Laos’s tourism authorities, our Laos offices believe that their nation’s borders should open for tourists by fall 2021. We do not recommend planning travel for dates before November.
What requirements will there be for incoming tourists?
It is Easy Tours’ opinion that general tourism in Laos will initially require a combination of proof of a credible vaccination and some testing requirements, although it is possible that just one of these factors may suffice at some point.
Luxury Tour availability
Easy Tours currently offers escorted private luxury tours in Laos for travel dates starting from November 1st, 2021 with flexible terms as outlined below, although earlier dates can be tentatively booked for those interested in doing so. Easy Tours will not operate our Small Group Tours in Laos until at least early 2022 as, prior to that, we are not comfortable facilitating joint travel for guests who are not from the same household or family/friends circle.
Cancellation options related to Covid-19.
Cancellations due to freshly imposed entry or other significant travel restrictions by the Laotian Government: If Easy Tours is forced to cancel your tour due to entry restrictions imposed by the Laotian government, Easy Tours will inform our guests within 2 business days of our in-country offices becoming aware of this fact, and all guest payments will be credited towards future Laos travel with Easy Tours. Please note that this does not apply to international flight costs, the contract for which exists solely between the guest(s) and the airline.
Guest Decision to Cancel Travel: For travel ending by February 28th, 2022, if a guest decides that they are not comfortable in traveling to Laos for any reason, including the virus, they will have the option to have their payments credited for Laos travel before December 20th, 2023 as long as 45 days remain before their tour start date. If less than 45 days remain, or if any of your travel dates are after February 2022, our standard cancellation costs will apply, and refunds, if any are applicable, will be processed according to our standard terms and conditions. Along with our luxury hotel partners, we expect tourism to boom from early 2022 onward due to pent-up demand.
Care for our guests’ wellbeing.
Our tours currently follow these three protocols to ensure our guests wellbeing, and to provide seamless and rewarding experiences:
1. Lodging: We only offer the top luxury hotels and resorts, all of whom have established, and proven, a very strong commitment to the wellbeing of guests and staff. This currently includes daily screening of all staff, screening of incoming guests, very vigorous ongoing sanitizing procedures and practices, availability of on-call physicians, and a lot more.
2. Guides: You will be assigned one Accompanying Tour Director who will greet you when you arrive, and then facilitate all your activities, including serving as your expert guide, throughout your time with us. Our previous guests know that Easy Tours has the best Tour Director’s, and these colleagues will be screened before starting their services with you.
3. Vehicles and chauffeurs: Your vehicle will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each morning, and hand sanitizer will be available to you in your vehicle at all times. You will have the same chauffeur and vehicle throughout your tour, unless your tour includes multiple regions/countries that require a flight.