Gov’t opens green travel zones to visitors

17/12/2021 15:56
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KPL (KPL) The government announced today the opening of green travel zones in Vientiane, Vangvieng – a district in Vientiane Province - and Luang Prabang to foreign visitors under the Lao Green Travel Zone scheme. Initially, natural and green tourist attractions in certain provinces will be opened to visitors, according to Mr Inthi Deuansavanh, Deputy Chairman of the Tourism Committee, Lao National Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

(KPL) The government announced today the opening of green travel zones in Vientiane, Vangvieng – a district in Vientiane Province - and Luang Prabang to foreign visitors under the Lao Green Travel Zone scheme.

Initially, natural and green tourist attractions in certain provinces will be opened to visitors, according to Mr Inthi Deuansavanh, Deputy Chairman of the Tourism Committee, Lao National Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

The campaign has been split into three phases with the first one scheduled to be opened on Jan 1, 2022 for green travel zones in Vientiane, Vangvieng of Vientiane (province), and Luang Prabang; and green travel trails in Oudomxay, Xayaboury, Xieng Khuang, Khammuan, and Champassak.

Only two ports of entry – Wattay Intenrational Airport and the 1st Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge – are operational under the Laos Green Travel Zone campaign.

The second phase of the campaign will be kicked off on April 1, 2022 with the opening of more green travel zones in Vientiane, Vientiane (province), Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Xayaboury, Xieng Khuang, Khammuan, Savannakhet and Champassak; and green travel trails in Huayxay of Bokeo, Luang Namtha of the same name province, Xekong and Saravan.

Nine ports of entry will be operational in the second phase including Wattay International Airport, Luang Prabang International Airport, Boten International Border Gate, 1st to 3rd Lao-Thai Friendship Bridges, Xongmek International Border Gate, Lao Bao International Border Gate, and Lak Xao International Border Gate.

Meanwhile the third phase is for the full opening of the country from July 1, 2022 onward.

Entrepreneurs wishing to join the Green Travel Zone campaign must ensure their employees are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, trained, and download Lao Stay Safe application.

Visitors wanting to visit the Lao PDR are required to arraign their trips through tour agents, have been vaccinated with at least two doses of Covid-19 vaccine for at least 14 days, and tested negative to Covid-19 with RT PCR within 72 hours prior to arriving in Laos. They also need to download Lao Stay Safe application, be protected by a minimum insurance coverage of US$50,000, and undergo RT PCR test on arrival at the port of entry and wait 24 hours for the test result.


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