VIENTIANE (Xinhua): Laos has yet to set a date to welcome the return of vaccinated foreign tourists, local media reported.
The priority at present is to vaccinate at least 50 per cent of the population against Covid-19 by the end of 2021, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Wednesday, quoting Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Ounthuang Khaophan, as saying.
"Vaccination is the most important thing for our country at present," Ounthuang said on Monday (Oct 25).
"If we can vaccinate more than 50 per cent of the population and the Covid-19 outbreak subsides, in the coming months we can reopen our borders to vaccinated tourists from countries with a low Covid-19 risk."
As of Monday, 43,66 per cent of the Lao population had received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 37,47 per cent had been fully vaccinated.
The Lao Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported 733 new cases of Covid-19. As of Wednesday, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Laos reached 37,751 with 58 deaths.