Visa policy of Laos

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Lao visa

Visitors to Laos must obtain a visa from one of the Laotian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or qualify for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Laos

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following 15 countries can visit Laos without a visa (allowed length of stay in days is shown in parentheses):

Additionally, only holders of diplomatic or official passports of Japan, Pakistan, Serbia and South Korea do not require a visa to visit Laos for 90 days, only holders of diplomatic or official passports of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Myanmar, North Korea, Poland, Russia, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan do not require a visa to visit Laos for 30 days and only holders of diplomatic or official passports of Indonesia do not require a visa to visit Laos for 14 days.

Visa on arrival[edit]

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Map of entry points with Visa on Arrival facility

Visitors of other nationalities may obtain a visa on arrival valid for 30 days for US$30 (extendable once) if arriving at one of the following airports:[1]

Visa is obtainable at following bridges:

Visa is obtainable at following border crossings:

Visa can also be obtained on arrival at the Thanaleng Railway Station in Vientiane.

Those who have obtained the visa at a Lao embassy can also cross at Napao-Chalo, Taichang-Tây Trang, Pakxan-Bueng Kan and Xieng Kok.[2]

Nationals of the following countries are ineligible to obtain a visa on arrival, and they can only obtain a visa on arrival (for US$30) if they are traveling on an official visit and are holding an official letter of guarantee issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Laos:[3]

Statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Laos on short term basis were from the following countries of nationality:

Rank country 2014 2013 [4] 2012 2011
1  Thailand 2,043,761 2,059,434 1,937,612 1,579,941
2  Vietnam 1,108,332 910,164 705,596 561,586
3  China 422,440 245,033 199,857 150,791
4  South Korea 96,085 81,799 53,829 34,707
5  United States 61,460 61,608 53,380 50,092
6  France 52,146 52,411 46,903 44,399
7  Japan 44,877 48,644 42,026 37,883
8  United Kingdom 39,061 41,741 35,964 35,622
9  Australia 44,964 35,441 33,878 31,874
10  Germany 29,800 29,250 23,417 21,280

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Laos
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Lao PDR tourism up 13%". Retrieved 11 June 2015.