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Laos Suspends Visas at Checkpoints Bordering China
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The Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a Notice no. 278/CD.1, dated 02 February 2020 to temporarily suspend the issuance of tourist visas to those entering the Lao PDR from China, commencing 02 February 2020 until further notice.
Updated on: 2020-02-05 00:00:00

The Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a Notice no. 278/CD.1, dated 02 February 2020 to temporarily suspend the issuance of tourist visas to those entering the Lao PDR from China, commencing 02 February 2020 until further notice.

The notice reads, “due to the outbreak of the new Coronavirus originating in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, which has spread rapidly across China and other nations, causing widespread illness and death, in order to protect our nation from the threat of this virus, the consular department instructs all international checkpoints bordering China to temporarily suspend the issuance of tourist visas for entry into the Lao PDR for all visitors wishing to travel from China, commencing 2 February 2020 until further notice.”

The Lao PDR set up a task force last month to assess the impact of an outbreak of the new Coronavirus, although no case has yet been confirmed in the country. In particular, the task force will conduct inspections in at-risk locations such as ports of entry, transport stations, hospitals, and markets, while arranging specialized healthcare service points across the country.


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