An official guide to Laos Entry and Exit Formalities

Laos Visa On Arrival Form
Laos Visa On Arrival Form

People of most nationalities require a visa to enter Laos. At the moment, have three Travel visa types:

  • The Laos tourist visa online (E-visa)
  • The visa on arrival (VOA)
  • The Tourist Embassy Visa

Laos Visa General Requirements:

  • An Original Passport valid for at least six (6) months from the expiry date.
  • Your entry and exit dates and entry and exit points/airports.

Which countries are exempt from Laos visa?

Passport holders of the following countries are entitled Lao visa exemption

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Country

Passport Type

Days of stay (Max)

ASEAN Countries

1

 image  Brunei

Diplomatic/Official

14

Ordinary

14

2

image  Cambodia

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

30

3

image  Indonesia

Diplomatic/Official

14

Ordinary

30

4

image  Laos

5

image  Malaysia

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

6

image  Myanmar

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

14

7

image  Philippines

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

8

image  Singapore

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

9

image  Thailand

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

10

image  Vietnam

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

Non-ASEAN Countries

11

image  Bangladesh

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

(Visa required)

12

image  Brazil

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

(Visa required)

13

image  China

Diplomatic/Official

Not set*

Ordinary

(Visa required)

14

image  Cuba

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

(Visa required)

15

image  DPR Korea

Diplomatic/Official

Not set*

Ordinary

(Visa required)

16

image  Hungary

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

(Visa required)

17

image  India

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

(Visa required)

18

image  Japan**

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

15

19

image  Mongolia

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

20

image  Peru

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

(Visa required)

21

image  Poland

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

(Visa required)

22

image  Russia**

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

15

23

image  South Korea**

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

15

24

image  Timor Leste

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

(Visa required)

Former USSR countries

25

image  Armenia

Diplomatic/Official

30

26

image  Azerbaijan

27

image  Belarus

28

image  Estonia

29

image  Georgia

30

image  Kazakhstan

31

image  Kyrgyzstan

32

image  Latvia

33

image  Lithuania

34

image  Moldova

35

image  Tajikistan

36

image  Turkmenistan

37

image  Ukraine

38

image  Uzbekistan

39

image  Luxembourg

Ordinary

15

40

image  Switzerland

*The length of stay can be as long as the length of an assignment
**Ordinary passport holders of these countries can enter Laos without a visa, but Lao ordinary passport holders don’t get the same privilege in return (they still need to get a visa to enter those countries).

Who need visa when visiting Laos?

For most visitors to the Laos ( except the list of visa waiver countries )

Which countries require a Laos visa in advance

Some nationalities are required to get visa in advance at Lao Embassies or Lao Consulates abroad before entering Laos,  and present a valid passport and complete an application form. Travelers holding passports from the following countries are not eligible for Laos visa on arrival or another online Laos tourist visa:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Burundi
  5. Cameroon
  6. Congo
  7. Côte d’Ivoire
  8. Ghana
  9. Guinea
  10. Guinea Bissau
  11. Jordan
  12. Lesotho
  13. Liberia
  14. Libya (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
  15. Mozambique
  16. Nauru
  17. Niger
  18. Nigeria
  19. Pakistan
  20. Senegal
  21. Sierra Leone
  22. Sri Lanka
  23. Suriname
  24. Syria (Syrian Arab Republic)
  25. Swaziland
  26. Tonga
  27. Turkey
  28. Zambia
  29. Zimbabwe

How To Apply for a Laos Visa?

There are multiple ways to apply for your tourist visa to Laos, that may include:

  1. Visa on Arrival (VOA)
    Obtaining Laos visa on arrival is the most convenient, cheapest, and time saving way to get a Lao visa. Great for those who are tight on time, resources, energy and Lao embassies/consulates are too far to reach. The visa obtained on arrival is usually tourist visa, the holder of this visa can stay in Laos for up to 30 days.
  1. Visas via an Embassy or Consulate
    Visas can be obtained in advance from a Laos embassy or consulate. The visa fees and processing time vary according to nationality of applicant.
  1. E-visas
    Citizens of up to 180 countries, including all EU countries, Canada, USA and Australia, can now apply for a Laos eVisa from the comfort of their home. The Laos eVisa is an electronic travel authorization that simplifies the process of obtaining a visa to travel to the country. A valid Laos electronic Visa allows citizens from eligible countries to visit for tourism purposes. Once approved, the Laos online visa will grant its holder a stay of up to 30 days.
    E-visas can be applied for online at https://laoevisa.gov.la/.

List of Entry Port accept Visa On Arrival (VOA)

Visitors of other nationalities may obtain a visa on arrival valid for 30 days for a fee at most of the 27 ports of entry to the country, except:

  1. NapaoChalo (Vietnam)
  2. Subhun (China)
  3. PakxanBueng Kan (Thailand)
  4. Xieng Kok river port (Myanmar)

List of Entry Port accept eVisa

E-visas can be used to enter through these following designated ports:

  1. Wattay International Airport (Vientiane Capital)
  2. Lao – Thai Friendship Bridge I (Vientiane Capital)
  3. Luang Prabang International Airport (Luang Prabang)
  4. Lao – Thai Friendship Bridge II (Savannakhet Province)
  5. Pakse International Airport (Champasack Province)

Source: Laos Immigration/Embassy

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