Warning Lao Travel


Oct 14, 2005
Subject: Warden Message: Reported Fighting and Troop
Movement Near Vang Vieng

Laos – Warden Message
Reported Fighting and Troop Movement Near Vang Vieng

February 17, 2007

Multiple sources, including other embassies in Laos,
report one or more incidents of fighting involving Lao
, as well as sightings of increased
movements underway by Lao Government forces, in the
area of Vang Vieng in northernVientiane Province on or
about February 7, 2007.

At the present time, the Embassy urges U.S. citizens
to use caution when traveling in and around the area
of Vang Vieng and recommends against travel by any
form of ground transportation north from Vang Vieng to
Luang Prabang.

U.S. Embassy personnel are currently prohibited from
undertaking personal travel by ground transportation
north of Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, along Route 13
and contiguous roadways.

U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to consult the
Consular Information Sheet for Laos, and on the
Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs
Internet Web site located at http://travel.state.gov.,
where the Worldwide Caution, Public Announcements, and
Travel Warnings can also be found. Up to date
information on security can also be obtained by
calling the Department of State toll-free at
1-888-407-4747, or, if calling from overseas,
1-202-501-444. These numbers are available fro 8:00
AM to 8:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday
(except U.S. federal holidays).

Americans in Laos are encouraged to register with the
U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel
registration web site,
http://board.gt-rider.com/topic.asp?TOP ... rms=jacket n.state.gov.