When can you travel to Laos?

Laos Travel Reopening Updates: January 1st, 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 80% 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.

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 early to late spring 2021. We do not recommend planning travel for dates before May.

What requirements will there be for incoming tourists?
It is Easy Tours’ opinion that general tourism in Laos will initially only be possible for visitors who can document having been inoculated with vaccines that Laos feels are credible.
Please bear in mind that Laos, like most other countries, will probably require some level of testing before and/or at arrival, for some time to come. This is because none of the vaccine companies claim that their product significantly prevents vaccinated people, despite its protection for them, from potentially transmitting the virus.

Luxury Tour availability and cancellation options.
Easy Tours is offering fully escorted private luxury tours that include Laos with our other Southeast Asia destinations from May 1st, 2021. Easy Tours will not operate our Small Group Tours until early 2022 as we currently are not comfortable facilitating travel for guests who are not from the same household or family/friends circle.
During 2021 if Easy Tours is forced to cancel your tour due to entry restrictions imposed by the Lao government, Easy Tours will inform you 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. For travel ending by November 1st, 2021, 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 by December 20th, 2022 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 November 1st, 2021, 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 late 2021 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. Hotels & Dining: 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.