While there is no evidence that this violence has been directed against American citizens or institutions, American citizens should be aware that more such incidents could occur in the future. American citizens traveling to or residing anywhere in Laos are advised to exercise caution in public places and to be alert to their surroundings.
The U.S. Embassy also advises U.S. citizens in Laos to avoid travel to Xieng Khouang Province, including the Plain of Jars. The U.S. Government has received credible reports of violent incidents throughout the province, including increased military activity. In addition, at various times, the Lao government has restricted travel to parts of the province. Persons traveling overland on Route 7, or to other areas of Xieng Khouang Province, particularly Muang Khoune and Paxai Districts, run the risk of ambush by insurgents or bandits. U.S. citizens who, nevertheless, decide to travel to Xiang Khouang Province should check conditions with local authorities or the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane before undertaking such travel.
Finally, the U.S. Government has information of unknown reliability that a group or groups may attack tourists in the Bolovens Plateau region in southern Laos sometime within the next two months.
U.S. citizens planing to visit Laos are advised to consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet (CIS) for Laos before commencing travel. The CIS is available at any U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate abroad and through the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet home page at http://travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens planning to visit Laos are encouraged to visit the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane upon arrival in order to register and obtain the most current travel and security information. The U.S. Embassy is located at Rue Bartholonie (near Tat Dam), tel (856-21) 212-581, 212-582, or 212-585. The Consular Section fax number is (856-21) 212-584.