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Laos Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Jul 01, 2016

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the risks of travel in parts of Laos because the security situation remains unstable. Reports of violence, combined with the Lao government’s use of security escort vehicles for its official travelers in these areas, have prompted the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane to continue its restrictions on Embassy personnel traveling in specified areas. This replaces the Travel Alert issued on March 30, 2016, and expires on September 30, 2016.

The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane continues to restrict Embassy staff from travel in the following areas:

Road 13 from Km 220 north of Kasi in Vientiane Province to Km 270 at the Phou Khoun junction in Luang Prabang Province

The "new road" from the Kasi junction to the Road 4 junction between Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng

All of Xaisomboun Province

The Embassy continues to permit personnel to:

Travel between Vientiane and Vang Vieng on Road 13

Travel northward from Luang Prabang

Travel by air to Luang Prabang

U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Laos should take precautions, remain vigilant about their personal security, and be alert to local security developments.

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