PASSPORT/VISA All visitors entering Laos must possess valid passports. Visa can obtained from Lao Embassies and Consulates abroad. In addition, visa can also be obtained on arrival at the international Checkpoint, and the fee is 30 US$ with a validity of 15 days. 30 days visas are available in advance of arrival at Lao embassies. This can be done in several ways through a tour company recognized by the Lao PDR from Lao Embassies or Consulate in countries such as: Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Cambodia, Cuba, PR of China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, DPR of Korea, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, USA and Vietnam. The visa fee varies from between US$8- 42 depending o the agreement with the various governments.
Tourist visa are valid for 15 days. For those wishing to extend their stay, it is possible to extend your visa at the Immigration Office in Vientiane, through travel agencies.
It is also possible to obtain a Visa-on-Arrival at the following international checkpoints: 1. China (Mohan) – Luang Namtha Province (Boten) 2. Thailand (Chiang Khong) – Bokeo Province (Houeyxai) 3. Luang Prabang International Airport (Luang Prabang) 4. Wattay International Airport (Vientiane capital) 5. Thailand (Nong Khay) -Vientiane Capital (friendship Bridge) 6. Vietnam ( Nam Kanh) – Xieng Khouang Province (Nong Haet) 7. Pakse International Airport (Champasak Province) 8. Thailand (Chong Mek) – Champasak Province (Vang Tao) 9. Thailand (Nakhon Phanom) – Khammouane Province (Thakhaek) 10. Thailand (Moukdahan) – Savannakhet Province (Savannakhet) 11. Vietnam (Lao Bao) – Savannakhet Province (Dene Savanh) 12. Vietnam – Khammouane Province (Na Phao) At these international checkpoints, visa can be obtained with a fee of 30US$ with a validity of 15 days.
International Airports: Laos has three International Airport : – Wattay International Airport in Vientiane Capital. – Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang Province . – Pakse International Airport in Champasack Province . A departure tax of 10US$ in levied for international flights, while 5.000 kips is levied for domestic flights.
China-Laos – Mohan – Botene , Yunnan to Luang Namtha Province .
– Xiangkok riverport on Mekong River in Luang Namtha Province (no visa on arrival).
Thailand-Laos – Chiangkhong – Houixay, Chiang Rai to Bokeo Province . – Nakaxeng – Kaenthao, Loei to Sayabouly Province. – Nongkhay – Friendship Bridge , Nongkhay-Vientiane Capital. – Bungkan – Pakxan, Nongkhay-Bolikhamxay Province (no visa on arrival). – Nakorn Phanom – Thakhaek, Nakorn Phanom-Khammouane Province . – Moukdahan – Savannakhet, crossing the Mekong River by boat. – Chongmek – Vangtao, Ubol Ratchathani to Champasack Province .
– Taichang – Sobhoun, Laichau to Phongsaly Province (no visa on arrival). – Nameo – Banleui, Thanh Hoa to Huaphanh Province . – Namkan – Namkan, Nge An to Xieng Khouang Province . – Keoneua – Nampao (Lak Sao), Ha tinh to Bolikhamxay Province . – Napao – Chalo, Quangbinh to Khammouane Province (no visa on arrival). – Laobao – Dansavanh, Quang tri to Savannakhet Province .
– Dong Calor – Veun Kham, Cambodia to Champasak Province (no visa on arrival).