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Reviewed: 20 October 2011, 12:30 NZDT
Still current at: 20 May 2013
There is some risk to your security in Laos due to isolated incidents of civil unrest and we advise caution.
In recent years there have been isolated incidents of civil unrest in Laos, including bombings and armed attacks resulting in death and injuries. New Zealanders in Laos are advised to exercise caution, monitor the media for information on potential safety or security risks and comply with any restrictions and instructions issued by the local authorities. We recommend you avoid all demonstrations and protests as they have the potential to turn violent.
There is a danger from unexploded land mines in many parts of Laos, particularly in Xieng Khouang Province (Plain of Jars) and the Lao-Vietnamese border area along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. We advise you not to stray off well‑used roads and paths. Mined areas are often unmarked.
It is a requirement under Lao law to carry identification at all times. Police undertake frequent checks and failure to provide suitable identification may result in a fine.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Laos should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Laos are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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The New Zealand Embassy Bangkok, Thailand is accredited to Laos.
Contact details are
Street Address M Thai Tower, 14th floor,
All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Bangkok Postal Address PO Box 2719, Bangkok 10500,
Telephone:+66 2 254 2530 Facsimile: +66 2 253 9045
Website New Zealand Embassy Thailand[external link]
Office hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1200, 1300-1630 hrs