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is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south and Thailand to the west. Its population was estimated to be 6.5 million in 2012. Laos traces its history to the Kingdom which existed from the 14th to the 18th century when it split into three separate kingdoms. In 1893, it became a French protectorate, with the three kingdoms, Kingdom of Luang Phrabang, Kingdom of Vientiane and Kingdom of Champasak, uniting to form what is now known as Laos. It briefly gained independence in 1945 after Japanese occupation, but returned to French rule until it was granted autonomy in 1949. Laos became independent in 1953, with a constitutional monarchy under Sisavang Vong. Shortly after independence, a long civil war ended the monarchy, when the Communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975. Laos is a single-party socialist republic. The capital city is Vientiane. Other large cities include Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Pakse. The official language is Lao. Most people are Lao with a significant proportion of indigenous peoples as well. It is a rising power in providing electricity to neighboring countries such as Thailand, China and Vietnam and the economy is accelerating rapidly with the demands for its metals. It is a member of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), East Asia Summit and La Francophonie. Laos applied for membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1997.

Currency Kip (LAK)
Country code 00856
Spoken languages ​​ lao, French

Passport: needed, with survival of at least 6 months. For any changes related to the survival of the Passport request, you may want to inquire in advance at your travel agent.


the health situation is also lacking in capital and is unable to undergo hospital treatment but discouraged, even in case of emergency. Are difficult-for the moment-the emergency medical repatriation. Therefore, it is recommended to take out before undertaking the journey, a health insurance that includes, in addition to the coverage of medical expenses, even the eventual repatriation medical air or transfer in another Country. Malaria is endemic in the country. In the course of 2007, were reported outbreaks of bird flu (H5N1) with two human cases of death from H5N1. Local health authorities, supported by the Thais, have adopted measures and controls needed against the spread of the epidemic, particularly in the areas concerned. The countrymen who wish to travel in the country, we recommend-incidentals-consuming meat and birds ' eggs only if well cooked and to avoid any form of direct contact with birds and poultry. Warnings We recommend that you: -get information about the existence of any epidemics, prior to departure; -do not visit the country unless you enjoys excellent health conditions; -pay the utmost attention to foods and drinks to avoid any risk of hepatitis, typhoid, bilharzia, etc; -don't drink running water and avoid drinks with ice in places that do not guarantee proper hygiene standards. Please note that in the country there is a diplomatic/consular Representation and Italian, for any on-site assistance to compatriots, in case of emergency, you should contact the Embassy of France (in the framework of consular cooperation EU)


Tropical monsoon climate, humid, with heavy rain in the period August-October and temperatures more moderate during the period November-March.


Licence International (mod. 1949 Geneva Convention or Vienna 1968). They are often hired cars and motorcycles that have poor security guarantees. In addition, the circulation can be messy accidents. It is advisable to assess carefully whether or not to hire a vehicle. It is recommended that in any case the conclusion of an insurance with adequate ceiling.

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