Laos visa on arrival


Laos Visa on Arrival

To visit Laos, certain foreign nationals must comply with the country’s visa policy and obtain a visa at the point of entry. Currently, only a limited number of nationalities can receive a visa on arrival for short stays. These visas allow for a single entry and a maximum stay of 30 days. However, obtaining a visa on arrival may involve a lengthy application process at border checkpoints and require additional documentation and a fee. To check if your nationality requires a visa on arrival, refer to the list provided.

Filling out the form will require you to provide information regarding your passport, travel, and personal details. In addition to filling out the application, you must also pay a fee upon arrival. According to the nationality of the traveler, laotian visas on arrival may also require additional documentation. See the list below to determine whether a visa is required for your nationality upon arrival in Laos.

  • Estonia
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Palestinian Territory
  • South Sudan
  • Vatican City


Laos Tourist Visa

As per the Laotian visa law, all foreigners from about 80 nationalities need to apply for a tourist visa before travelling, entering, or remaining in the country, no matter what their reason for visiting or how long they intend to stay.

African and Middle Eastern countries are the most popular countries for which tourists need a visa to visit Laos. Consular appointments are made at the Laos government diplomatic offices nearest to the applicant in order to gain an approved tourist visa.

After printing and completing the tourist visa application form, providing personal and passport information, you will have to select the type of visa needed for your trip, including tourism, business, transit, work, or study. As per Laos visa policy, visitors should bring with them a range of supporting documents to the appointment, depending on the kind of visa required and the nationality of the visitor.

The consular visa application process may take several weeks for travelers who need a traditional visa to arrive in the country. It is therefore recommended that travelers apply well before their intended arrival in the country. Listed below is a complete list of nations requiring tourists to submit visa applications for travel to Laos.

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Bangladesh
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pakistan
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Reunion
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


Other Visa Information for Laos

Laos does not require a visa for holders of diplomatic and service passports for up to 30 days.

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Czech Republic
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Myanmar
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Poland
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

Visas on arrival take just a few minutes to process, cost around $35, and are available to passengers flying into Luang Prabang Airport, Pakse Airport and Wattay Airport in Vientiane. Those travelling to Laos from Thailand can pick up visas on arrival at any of the border crossings open to foreign tourists, as can those entering from certain places in Vietnam (Nam Khan, Bo Y, Tay Trang, Cau Treo and Lao Bao) and China (Mo Han). Only US dollars are accepted as payment and a passport-sized photo is required. If you forget the photo, border officials will usually turn a blind eye for an extra $1. Note that passport holders from a number of countries, including Pakistan, Turkey and Zambia, are not eligible for visas on arrival and must obtain one in advance – for a comprehensive list  To cross into Laos from all other points, including Cha Lo in Vietnam, you’ll need to arrange a visa before arriving at the border. Like visas on arrival, pre-arranged tourist visas allow for a stay of up to thirty days. Prices are generally a little higher though – especially if you pay a tour operator to help you out – so avoid buying one unless your border crossing demands it. If it does, visas can be obtained directly from Lao embassies and consulates. At the Lao embassy in Bangkok, thirty-day visas cost 1,400 baht for nationals of the UK, US and Ireland, 1,200 baht for those from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and 1,680 baht for Canadians. You’ll need to take two passport-sized photos with you but, provided you apply before noon, processing can usually be done on the same day. Advance visas can also be obtained at the Lao consulate in Khon Kaen, in the northeast of Thailand, or through one of the many travel agents concentrated on or around Khao San Road. However, prices (and processing fees) can vary wildly. Wherever you choose to get your visa, bear in mind that Lao visa regulations and prices are subject to frequent change.

The Lao embassy in Hanoi, and consulates in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang, can also issue visas but it’s important to note that the prices charged vary from place to place, and the regulations and conditions change frequently. Lao visas issued in Vietnam are also significantly more expensive than those issued in Thailand.

Extending visas

Visa extensions are fairly easy to obtain, but you’ll need to plan ahead if you want to avoid overstaying your visa (there’s currently a $10 penalty for each extra day you spend in the country). The cheapest option is to visit the immigration office on Hatsady Road in Vientiane before your visa expires. Here, visa extensions are issued at the cost of $2 per day and the maximum length of extension is fifteen days. Alternatively you could leave the country and enter again (which might work out cheaper if you’re planning to extend by twenty days or more) or pay a local travel agent to arrange the visa extension for you. Generally this is more expensive, with most vendors charging around $4 per extra day required. Thirty-day business visas that have the potential to be extended can also be arranged in advance at the Lao embassies and consulates listed below.

Lao visas

Visa on arrival:

Thirty days. Available at Wattay International Airport (Vientiane), Pakse Airport, Luang Prabang International Airport, and all Thai–Lao border crossings open to foreigners. Also available at border crossings with Vietnam (Nam Khan, Bo Y, Tay Trang, Cau Treo and Lao Bao) and China (Mo Han).

Tourist visa (T):

Thirty days. Required for all border crossings where visa on arrival is not available. Can be arranged in advance at Lao embassies and consulates, or through tour operators in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Visitor visa (B3):

One-month stay. Extendable for two further months. Lao guarantor required, and intended for those visiting relatives who work in Laos.

Transit visa (TR):

Allows for a maximum of five days’ stay and intended to help travellers who wish to make a short stopover in Laos. The visa is only valid for one province, and takes three working days to process. To qualify you must have proof of an onward journey within five days.

Business visa (B2):

One-month stay, but can be extended until the end of your business term. Requires a Lao sponsor.

Multiple entry visa:

Only issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consular Department.

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