Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.
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International flights are suspended until at least 30 September, and borders are closed to foreign travelers.
The entry ban does not apply to returning residents, students, Lao citizens, skilled workers and diplomats.
All tourist visas (including visa on arrival and e-Visas) are suspended until further notice. However, authorities may grant entry permission for foreigners (experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are required for essential projects) who wish to come to Laos, and an application should be written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Restrictions are being relaxed around the country. Domestic flights and interprovincial travel is now allowed. People must continue following social distancing guidelines, wear masks and regularly wash their hands while in public.
A tropical storm that formed in the South China Sea this week is expected to strengthen to a category 2 cyclone in the coming days and impact northern Vietnam and Laos by late on Friday 15 September, 2017.
Cyclone Doksuri is expected to make landfall around the Vietnamese coastal town of Vinh then head WNW into Laos, weakening in strength as it does. The storm is expected to bring heavy rain to the Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng regions of Laos.
The absolutely best way to survive a hurricane is to avoid one. Get away from it, but if you make the decision to leave make that decision early. Do not leave it until the last minute because you may find yourself caught without proper shelter.
If you decide to stay and "ride it out" it is advisable to get to an authorized shelter. The locations of these will be broadcast, or locals will know where they are. If there is no shelter, prepare to "shelter in place" in an internal room without windows.
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