Visa policy of Laos
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
Citizens of the following 15 countries can visit Laos without a visa (allowed length of stay in days is shown in parentheses):
|Date of visa changes|
Diplomatic and service category passports
Holders of diplomatic and/or service category passports passports do not require a visa to visit Laos up to 30 days (unless otherwise noted).
D — diplomatic passports only
Visa on arrival
|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:
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:
Laos plans to introduce electronic tourist visas by the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019.
Most visitors arriving to Laos were from the following countries of nationality:
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Laos.|
- "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- Under the Visa Agreement on 05 March 2004
- Under the Visa Agreement on 10 May 2004
- Under the Visa Agreement on 1 July 2004
- Under the Visa Agreement on 28 October 2004
- Under the Visa Agreement on 1 April 2005
- Under the Visa Agreement on 10 April 2005
- Under the Visa Agreement on 14 September 2007
- Under the Visa Agreement on 20 November 2009
- Under the Visa Agreement on 23 September 2011
- Under visa exemption agreement on 20 July 2011; from 7 November 2011 
- Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Laos, 7-8 November 2018
- Vaenkeo, Souksakhone (April 27, 2018)E-visa set to go online year-end, early 2019, Vientiane Times, Retrieved May 10, 2018
- "Statistical Reports on Tourism in Laos".