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Laos Visa

Lao Visa on Arrival

Effective from 15 October, 2009, travelers holding valid passports across the world except the following countries can obtain 30-day visas on arrival at road and river border crossings and ports of entry into Laos: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Jordan, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya), Mozambique, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria (Syrian Arab republic), Swaziland, Tonga, Turkey, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


The Lao visas on arrival are available at:

1. Lao international airports inVientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakse and Savannakhet,

2. Lao-Thai Friendship Bridges inVientiane, Thakaek, and Savannakhet, and

3. Tha Naleng train station inVientiane, and

4. International border crossing points that are stipulated to issue visa on arrival.


Who want to apply a tourist visa on arrival should prepare the following documents:

1. Original passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity and a blank page for a visa stamp;

2. A visa application form, filled and signed by the applicant (available at visa booth at Lao ports of entry);

3. Two recent passport-size photographs; and

4. Visa fee (cash). About USD 20-45, the fee is varied, depending on the applicant’s nationality.

For detailed procedures to get a visa on arrival you can consult staffs at port of your entry.


Lao Visa Exemption

Laos has entered into mutual agreements with all ASEAN member countries as well as some non-ASEAN nations to exempt visitors from visas requirements. In addition, it grants visa exemption to some other countries even if they have not granted the same privileges in return. For some countries the visa free scheme applies to all type of passports (Diplomatic, Official and Ordinary passport), while for others it only applicable to certain type of passports. The length of stay ranges from 14-90 days depending on the countries. It is advised to contact the embassy to check Lao visa exemption details.


Those who need visa before enteringLaoscan apply from Lao diplomatic offices or consulates in foreign countries.


Part of Lao Embassies Abroad

Embassy of the Lao PDR inCanberra–Australia

Add:1 Dalman CrescentO'Malley,Canberra, ACT 2606

Tel: (61-2) 6286 4595 / 6286 6933

Fax: (61-2) 6290 1910


Embassy of the Lao PDR in Paris –France

Add: 74 Ave Raymond Poincaré 75116

Tel: (33-1) 4553 0298 / 4554 7047

Fax: (33-1) 4727 5789


Embassy of the Lao PDR inBerlin–Germany

Add: Botschaft Der Demokratischen, Volk RepublilLaos, Bismarckalle2A14193

Tel: (49-30) 8906 0647

Fax: (49-30) 8906 0648


Embassy of the Lao PDR inWashingtonDC. –USA

Add: 2222 S. Street NWWashingtonDC,20008

Tel: (1-202) 332 6416

Fax: (1-202) 232 1208


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