Laos visa information
** As of 20th March 2020, the Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival and eVisa service at all international entry points for a period of 30 days for all nationals.**
Is an entry visa required for Laos?
Yes. Citizens of the UK, EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and almost all other nationalities will require a visa to visit Laos. Other nationalities should check with their Selective Asia consultant for the most up-to-date information.
Laos does not have an embassy or consular office in the UK.
Can the visa be arranged on arrival?
Yes. You can obtain the visa on arrival at all international airports or at your land border crossing.
What is required to arrange the visa?
$35 (UK passport holders) to be paid in good condition USD notes and 2 up-to-date passport photos of a good likeness (although in our experience generally only 1 is used.)
A handful of nationalities cannot arrange a visa on arrival and must obtain it in advance, including almost all African and some Middle Eastern countries, as well as Turkey, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
How long is a visa valid for?
The standard tourist visa is a single entry visa that allows you to travel in Laos for 30 days from the date of your entry.
The Laos Immigration Department has recently (July 2019) introduced an online e-visa service that can be used by visitors arriving into Vientiane and Luang Prabang. The system is still in a developmental phase and is experiencing some teething issues, so at this stage we’re not recommending this option for Selective Asia clients. However we will be monitoring the development closely.
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