Laos
Laos
Before leaving
21-09-2023 6.546 Views
PASSPORT & VISA
  • In order to enter Laotian territory, you must be provided with a valid passport 6 months after the date of exit from Laotian territory, with at least two blank pages in your passport.
  • All persons traveling to Laos for tourism must have a tourist visa. It is mandatory and remains valid for 30 days. For visitors arriving by land from Vietnam; from Cambodia or Thailand, you must obtain your visa before you arrive in Laos. This formality will be simple, you just need to go to the Embassy of Laos in your country of residence or stay. Remember to have a photo ID.
  • Before leaving, we advise you to photocopy all important documents (passport, electronic equipment invoices, insurance policy, plane tickets, driving license ...). A handy tip if you lose your papers or valuables.
HEALTH AND VACCINES
 
  • No vaccine is required to visit Laos. However, we advise you to be up to date in all your classic vaccinations (diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid, poliomyelitis, meningitis, typhoid fever, hepatitis).
  • Some people recommend getting vaccinated against hepatitis A and B and Japanese encephalitis, especially if you are traveling in a rural area. To find out if this is relevant in your case, make an appointment at a vaccination center for advice.
  • It is important to protect yourself from malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes. For more information, do not hesitate to ask your doctor for advice. Make sure you do not forget about anti-snake repellents for your comfort.
  • Do not hesitate to provide a small kit of pharmacies with some basic products, it will be very useful in case of first aid.
  • Namely: The most common reported infection is hepatitis A that can be transmitted through food and water. Hepatitis B is spread through blood and saliva. The most common health problems among travelers are digestive problems and diarrhea, which can be treated by avoiding spicy dishes and drinking plenty of water.
CLIMATE
  • There are two distinct seasons in Laos: the dry season from November to March, and the wet season from April to October.
  • April to June is the hottest month, with average temperatures of 32 ° C. The months of December and January are cooler, with an average of 23 ° C and 5 ° C in the heart of the mountains. July and August are the rainiest months with nearly 500 mm of rain a month. In summary, from May to October, you will be in the middle of the monsoon season, so do not forget your k-way or umbrella! On the other hand, in full summer the temperatures are stifling and the abundant rains, we advise you to avoid to travel in Laos during this period.
  • If you want to travel to Laos while enjoying the best climate possible, prefer the months of November to February, and do not forget to bring hat and sunscreen. During the mid-season, from March to May, it is hot but the rainfall is reasonable.
INSURANCE

All travelers have the obligation to take out an insurance policy for their trip before participating in our tours. Although there are international standard care cells in Vientiane, the country still lacks infrastructure and equipment in cases of serious illness or injury. We also advise you to provide good health insurance and repatriation insurance.

MONEY 
 
Be sure to ask your bank about the use of your credit card and the fees for using it. Travel options exist, so consider traveling at no extra cost.
 
ELECTRICITY
 
Plan to bring with you a universal adapter, since in Laos the electrical system is 220 volts but the outlets are not always standard.

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