Laos is one of the newest countries now open to fully vaccinated travelers. The government will continue its tourism programme in 2022 to invite foreign tourists to visit the country.

Those who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will be allowed to enter the country.

The government wants about 1 million overseas tourists to visit Laos under the Laos or Laos plan in 2022. This information was provided by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone.

Syringes with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine are prepared at the CHIREC Delta hospital in Brussels, Belgium January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The minister further added that the restaurant and hospitality industry could increase by 1.8 times if the scheme starts well. Launched in 2020, the travel program is for domestic travelers to explore the country.

In 2021, when the world was hit by the coronavirus, most hotels, restaurants, travel companies were closed, and the Lao New Year festival was either canceled or postponed. Hai Hin (Plain of Jars) and the National Games in Xieng Khuang province in northern Laos also had to be affected.

Foreign travelers are not allowed to enter the country due to travel restrictions. But now, with the opening of the border, there are plans to revive the country’s tourism industry for domestic tourists, after which the border will open to overseas tourists.

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