Laos

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

COVID-19

There's a wordwide outbreak of COVID-19. Take a look at the preventive measures related to COVID-19.

This country has travel restrictions:

  • The Belgian authorities strongly advise against travelling to this country, or Belgian tourists are not allowed in.

  • If you have been abroad for more than 48 hours, you must fill in this identification and evaluation form on arrival in Belgium. This is not necessary if you will be staying in Belgium for less than 48 hours.

  • After completing the identification form, you will be informed whether a COVID-19 test and post-return quarantine are compulsory.

The information on Wanda is updated daily, but not over the weekend.

Check the current security situation on the federal government website and register your itinerary on Travellers Online.

This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

Important health risks

Malaria

In the southern quarter of the country there is a high malaria risk. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets.  Because of problems of resistance, the use of mefloquine (Lariam®) is not recommended.

In the quarter south of Vientane, and in the extreme north (bordering China), there is a moderate malaria risk. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. For people with an increased risk, we sometimes recommend preventive malaria tablets, or taking an emergency treatment with you.

In the center and north of the country there is a low malaria risk. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.

In the city of Vientiane there is no malaria risk.

In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and zika.

Japanese encephalitis occurs in the entire country, especially from June to September.

Rabies

Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Schistosomiasis

There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

Other possible infections

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.

Vaccinations

Hepatitis A

Recommended

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations

Recommended

Polio

Recommended

A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travelers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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