Laos Visa Guide

Travellers to Laos are required to get a Lao visa before entering the country. The Laos Visa Guide below will help you to have the perfect Laos Tours.

Laos Visa exemptions:

Citizens of following countries are NOT required a VISA to visit Laos for a stipulated period of time:

- Visa-free for 14 days: Brunei, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma).

- Visa-free for 15 days: Luxemburg, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and Switzerland

- Visa-free for 30 days: Cambodia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam

If you are not from any of the countries which have Visa exemption to Laos or you want to stay longer, you will have to apply for a visa to Laos. 30-day visas are now available on arrival at most international borders. 

Laos Visa

How to apply for a visa to Laos?

Visitors to Laos can obtain the Visa On Arrival or in advance from the Laos Embassies/ Consulates abroad.

Laos Visa On Arrival:

Obtaining a Laos Visa On Arrival is the most convenient, inexpensive, and efficient way to get the visa. This is suitable for those who are time poor or who have Lao embassies/consulates that are not easily accessible.

1.Where can you get a Visa On Arrival in Laos?

International Airports:

•Vientiane Wattay International Airport

•Luang Prabang International Airport

•Pakse International Airport

•Savannakhet International Airport

Border checkpoints and border crossings:


•Chiangkhong – Houixay, Chiang Rai to Bokeo Province;

•Houi Koln – Nam Ngeun, Nan to Sayabouly Province;

•Nakaxeng – Kaenthao, Loei to Sayabouly Province;

•Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I, Nongkhai-Vientiane Capital;

•Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II, Moukdahan-Savannakhet Province;

•Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge III, Nakorn Phanom-Khammouane Province;

•Chongmek – Vangtao, Ubol Ratchathani to Champasack Province;


•Dong Calor – Veun Kham, Cambodia to Champasack Province.


•Nameo – Banleui, Thanh Hoa to Huaphanh Province;

•Namkan – Namkan, Nghe An to Xieng Khouang Province;

•Keoneua – Nampao (Lak Sao), Ha tinh to Bolikhamxay Province;

•Laobao – Dansavanh, Quang tri to Savannakhet Province;


•Mohan – Botene , Yunnan to Luang Namtha Province.

Laos Visa on Arrival

2.Visa on Arrival Stamp Fee

The cost of Laos Visa depends on which passport you are holding. The price list is on display at the visa counter.

If you are a citizen of USA, UK, the fee is USD$35, Canadian: USD$42, India: USD$ 40, Sweden: USD$31, China: USD$ 20, Australia and other countries is USD$30. 

* Requirements: 

+ Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your travel date, and there must be at least 2 blank pages left on your passport.

+ 2 photos (5 cm high x 4 cm wide – white background, no glasses, no facial expression). 

+ A Visa application form filled out and signed by the applicant (The forms are available at visa window at Lao ports of entry or are distributed before landing if you are arriving by plane).

+ Cash for visa Fee: All visa fees are payable in cash only (Laos Kip, US dollars or Thai baht). For further information, please contact our consultant.

Laos Visa application form

* Lists of countries CANNOT get Laos Visas on Arrival?

The passport holders of the following (29) countries are Not eligible for Laos Visas on Arrival. 







•Cote d’Ivoire



•Guinea Bissau




•Libya ( Libyan Arab Jamahiriya )







•Sierra Leone

•Sri Lanka


•Syria ( Syrian Arab republic)






How Can The Citizens Of The Countries In The List Get Lao Visa?

Passport holders of one of those 29 countries listed above can get Lao visa at local Lao Embassies or Lao Consulates. You also can travel with your plan route passing through one of Laos' neighbor countries (Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand or Vietnam, or) if there is no Lao embassy or consulate located in your country.

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