Issued by U.S. Department of State
Feb 28, 2003
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert Americans to increased security concerns in Laos. This Public Announcement will expire on August 13, 2003.
On February 6, a heavily-armed group attacked several vehicles, including a passenger bus, on Route 13, approximately 5 kilometers north of Vang Vieng, indiscriminately killing at least 12 persons, including 2 Western expatriates, and wounding 26. Another bus attack on February 22, 15 kilometers from where the previous attack occurred, resulted in one person being wounded. The history of attacks in the Vang Vieng-Kasi area, along with these most recent incidents, is cause for American citizens in Laos to avoid travel by road between Vientiane and Luang Phrabang, in particular by the road from Vang Vieng to Luang Phrabang, as well as travel or activities in the surrounding area of Vang Vieng.
The Department of State reminds U.S. citizens to consider carefully the increased risks of travel in Laos. U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Laos are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network) to obtain updated information on travel and security in Laos. The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane, Laos, is located at Ban That Dam, Rue Bartholonie. The U.S. mailing address is Box V, APO AP 96546. The Embassy telephone number is -(21)-212-581, fax -(21)-251-624, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on travel to Laos, U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Laos, the Worldwide Caution, and the Southeast Asia Public Announcement, all of which are located at http://travel.state.gov.