Visa policy of Laos

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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.[1]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Laos
  Visa-free (30 days)
  Visa-free (15 days)
  Visa-free (14 days)
  Visa on arrival (30 days)
  Visa or official approval 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 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]

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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 a fee (extendable once) at most of the 27 ports of entry to the country, except:[16]

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]


Laos plans to introduce electronic tourist visas by the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019.[17]


Most visitors arriving to Laos were from the following countries of nationality:[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Visas
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Under the Visa Agreement on 05 March 2004
  5. ^ [2]
  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 [3]
  15. ^ Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Laos, 7-8 November 2018
  16. ^ Checkpoints
  17. ^ Vaenkeo, Souksakhone (April 27, 2018)E-visa set to go online year-end, early 2019, Vientiane Times, Retrieved May 10, 2018
  18. ^ "Statistical Reports on Tourism in Laos".

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