"Laos visa requirements" was last updated on April 23, 2013
All information below is subject to change
So, how do you get a tourist visa for Laos?
You can either apply for a Lao visa in advance before departure, at the Lao embassy in the neighboring countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and China) or get a visa at one of the border crossings.
Getting a visa at the border crossings gives you flexibility, and in many cases it's hassle-free.
All visitors (except Thais) must have a visa for Laos. Thailand is listed in the Lao Visa Exemption List, but this list is subject to change.
You can obtain visa on arrival for a period of 30 days at the three international airports (Wattay airport in Vientiane and Luang Prabang airport), and at the border crossings.
These are the border crossings where you can get Lao visa on arrival:
The tourist visa you'll get at the border crossings and elsewhere is a single-entry visa.
Visa cost depends on which country you come from or the passport you hold. The price ranges from $ 20-58.
Australia, Central America, France, Germany: 1,200 B
Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy: 1,400 B
Canada: 1,680 B
China: 600 B
Korea, Hungary, Georgia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Belarus: 800 B
Hong Kong: 1,000 B
India: 1,600 B
The visa fee for UK citizens is $ 35. According to the Lao embassy in Hanoi, the visa fee for US citizens is $ 45.
If you want to save time at the border, you can also apply for a Laos tourist visa in:
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
15-17 Mao Tsetung Bld
Open: 08:00-11:30 and 14:00-17:00
502,502/1-3 Soi Sahakarnpramoon
Open: 08.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 16.00
New Delhi, India
A-104/7, Maharani Bagh
22 Tran Binh Trong,
Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
If you want to extend your visa, you can apply at the Immigration office in Vientiane. You have to apply before the visa expires.
Price: $ 2 per day of extension
Other costs: 2,000 kip for the form, and $ 3 working fee
You can apply in the morning and get the visa in the afternoon. If you apply in the afternoon, you get the visa the next working day.
Maximum length of extension: two additional months (three months in total)
Address Immigration office in Vientiane: Joint Development Bank (JDB) on Lane Xang Avenue
Opening hours: 08.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 16.00, close on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday afternoon, the immigration office is closed for applications.
If you overstay your visa, it will cost you $10 per day! OUCH!
Just go to the border check point and pay for the overstay and exit Laos. The $10-per-day-policy applies for all border crossings in Laos. Have in mind that some border check points have charged more than $10 per day.
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