VISA INFORMATION -LAOS

LAOS

 

With immediate effect, visitors to Laos holding  normal passports of  countries below:

Bangladesh, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Rep., India, Iran, Iraq, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka 

can no longer obtain a visa on arrival into Lao PDR , except when on an official visit/meeting and holding an official letter of guarantee from the government.

 

 

Countries that do not require visas (for up to 30 days):
- Singapore
- Malaysia
- Thailand
- Cambodia
- Vietnam
 
Entry requirements for countries that do need visas:
When you travel to Laos, a passport and visa are required. Visas are issued upon arrival in Laos to foreign tourists and business persons at
  - Wattay Airport, Vientiane
  - Friendship Bridge, Vientiane
  - Luang Prabang Airport
You need to bring two passport size photographs and US$30.
 
Foreign tourists planning on entering Laos at an international checkpoint where visas on arrival are not available must obtain a visa in advance.
 
Immigration offices at some of the less used border-crossing points are not well marked. Travelers should make sure that they complete immigration and customs formalities when they enter the country. Travelers who enter Laos without completing these formalities may be subject to fines, detention, imprisonment, and deportation.
 
Visa Notes
A Laos TOURIST visa is usually issued for a SINGLE entry within three months from the date of issue for a period of stay not exceeding 30 days. The visa may be extended in Laos for a further 15 days.
 
A Laos BUSINESS visa is usually issued for a SINGLE entry within three months from the date of issue for a period of stay not exceeding 30 days. The visa may be extended in Laos for a further 30 days.
 
A multi-entry business visa can only be issued after a joint business venture has been established. Higher consular fees apply.
 
Passports must be valid for at least six months and you need one blank visa page for the visa to be issued. TDS can assist with expediting the handling of U.S. Passports when it comes to the issue of new ones, renewals, and the adding of visa pages.
 
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Do I need to get a visa before visiting Laos?
A. Not if you enter via the Friendship Bridge, Wattay (Vientiane) International Airport or Luang Prabang International Airport. You can also get a visa at Ban Muang Kao/ Chong Mek.

With immediate effect, visitors to Laos holding  of normal passports of  nationals below: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Rep., India, Iran, Iraq, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka can no longer obtain a visa on arrival into Lao PDR , except when on an official visit/meeting and holding an official letter of guarantee from the government.

 
Q. I have heard that it is cheaper to get a Lao visa in Bangkok - how do I do this?
A. The cost of a visa is about US$10 cheaper in Bangkok - but by the time you get to the embassy (which is situated right out of town) and back, and then return to pick up your visa, you will have wasted a lot of time and money. The cheapest, fastest and easiest option is to get a visa on arrival at Vientiane Airport, Luang Prabang Airport or at the Friendship Bridge.
 
Q. I heard that you could get a visa on arrival at the border with Thailand at Chong Mek - is this true?
A. There was a time when you could do this, but this is no longer the case.
 
Q. How long is a tourist visa valid for?
A. 14 days, but you may extend it for US$3 a day, at any travel agent in Vientiane.
 
Lao Embassies can be found in the following countries:
Australia
Embassy of Lao PDR
1 Dalman Crescent
O'Malley
Canberra, ACT
Indonesia
Embassy of Lao PDR
Jalan Kintamani Raya
c15 No 33
Kuningan Timur, Jakarta
Russia
Embassy of Lao PDR
Moscow 121069
ULK
atchalova 18
     
Cambodia
Embassy of Lao PDR
15-17 Mao TseTung Blvd
PO Box 19
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Japan
Embassy of Lao PDR
3-3-22 Nishi-Azabu
Minato-Ku
Tokyo
Singapore
Embassy of Lao PDR
179-B Goldhill Centre
Thomson Road
Singapore
     
China
Embassy of Lao PDR
Sanlitum Dongsie jie
Beijing 100600
Malaysia
Embassy of Lao PDR
1 Loront Damai Tiga
Kuala Lumpur 55000
Sweden
Embassy of Lao PDR
Badstrandvagen 11
11265 Stockholm
     
Cuba
Embassy of Lao PDR
7 Are calle 36A
505 Miramar
Havana, CUBA
Mongolia
Embassy of Lao PDR
Ikh Toiruu
PO Box 1030
Ulan Bator
Thailand
Embassy of Lao PDR
520.502/1-3
Soiramkhamhaeng 39
Bangkapi, Bangkok
     
France
Embassy of Lao PDR
74, Av. Raymond Poincare
75011 Paris
Myanmar
Embassy of Lao PDR
Na 1 Diplomatic
Quarters
France Road, Yangon
USA
Permanent Mission of Lao PDR
317 East 51 Street
New York
     
Germany
Embassy of Lao PDR
Am Lessing 6
53639 Koenigswinter 1
Bonn
Philippines
Embassy of Lao PDR
34 Lapu-Lapu Street
Magallaness Village
Manila
USA
Embassy of Lao PDR
2222 S Street NW
Washington DC
     
India
Embassy of Lao PDR
E53 Panchsheel Park
New Delhi - 17
Poland
Embassy of Lao PDR
UL Rejtana 15/26
02-516 Warsaw
Vietnam
Embassy of Lao PDR
22 Rue Tran Binh Trong
Hanoi
SR of Vietnam
 
Please note that visa requirements are subject to change. Please contact the embassy in your home country for the most recent information

                                      

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