Visa policy of Laos

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Visitors to Laos must obtain a visa from one of the Laotian diplomatic missions or online 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.[1]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Laos
  Visa-free (30 days)
  Visa-free (15 days) or eVisa (30 days)
  Visa-free (14 days) or eVisa (30 days)
  Visa on arrival (30 days) or eVisa
  Visa required in advance

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):[2]

30 days
15 days
14 days

Diplomatic and service category passports[edit]

Holders of diplomatic and/or service category passports do not require a visa to visit Laos up to 30 days (unless otherwise noted).[2]

D — diplomatic passports only

Visa waiver agreement for diplomatic passports was signed with Turkey in November 2018 and it is yet to come into force.[15]

Visa on arrival[edit]

External image
image icon Map of entry points with Visa on Arrival facility

Visitors of other nationalities may obtain a visa on arrival valid for 30 days for a fee at most of the 27 ports of entry to the country, except:[16]

There have been reports that between January and June 2020 visa on arrival facility will be shut down at 9 border crossings.[17]

The visa on arrival is extendable twice, not exceeding 90 days of stay in Laos. Extensions are handled by the province immigration office inside Laos for a fee.[18][19]

Nationals of the following countries are ineligible to obtain a visa on arrival, and they can only obtain a visa on arrival 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:[1]


The official Lao eVisa logo

Laos launched an eVisa service in July 2019.[20][21]

eVisa for Laos is available to citizens of all countries except countries whose citizens are ineligible for visa on arrival.[22] eVisa is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance and its holders may stay for up to 30 days in Laos.[23] eVisa costs varies depending on the country and can be issued with 3 business days.

eVisa may be used to enter Laos through the following entry points:


Most visitors arriving to Laos were from the following countries of nationality:[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION OF LAO PDR". Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  3. ^ Ross, Don. "Laos drops visa for Koreans - TTR Weekly". Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  4. ^ Under the Visa Agreement on 05 March 2004
  5. ^ "Lao Airlines". Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  6. ^ Under the Visa Agreement on 10 May 2004
  7. ^ a b Under the Visa Agreement on 1 July 2004
  8. ^ Under the Visa Agreement on 28 October 2004
  9. ^ Under the Visa Agreement on 1 April 2005
  10. ^ Under the Visa Agreement on 10 April 2005
  11. ^ Under the Visa Agreement on 14 September 2007
  12. ^ Under the Visa Agreement on 20 November 2009
  13. ^ Under the Visa Agreement on 23 September 2011
  14. ^ Under visa exemption agreement on 20 July 2011; from 7 November 2011 [1]
  15. ^ "From Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  16. ^ "DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION OF LAO PDR". Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Laos : Fin du visa à l'arrivée pour certains points d'entrée".
  18. ^ "How to apply the visa extension". Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Law On EntryExit, And the Management of Foreigners in the Lao PDR Article 41 Section 5". Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  20. ^ Laos launches e-visa service in Vientiane
  21. ^ Lao E-visa launched for foreigners
  22. ^ Who can Apply for Lao eVisa
  23. ^ eVisa Laos
  24. ^ PDR, Consular Department-Ministry of Foreign Affairs LAO. "Lao EVisa / Faq". Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  25. ^ "Statistical Reports on Tourism in Laos".

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