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Laos visa FAQ

  • somtam2000

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    The Tourist Visa for Laos can be issued at most entry points or via a travel agency or Lao consulate. The visa should cost around US$30 -- though this may vary a little depending on your nationality.

    Visa on arrival is reliably available at most overland crossings between Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, including the Huay Xai, Vientiane , Savannakhet, Tha Khaek and Chong Mek entry points. It is also available at both Vientiane and Luang Prabang airports (US$30 - cash only, one passport photo). Visa on arrival is not available at the Paksan crossing.

    If you get your visa beforehand from a Lao embassy it should be valid for 30 days. ALL visas on arrival are now valid for 30 days. Be wary of being stamped in for 15 days on a 30 day visa.

    From the Travelfish blogs
    Getting a visa for Laos in Vietnam
    Getting a visa for Laos in Cambodia

    Tourist visas can be extended on a daily basis at a day rate of US$2 per day.

    Validity issues
    All tourist visas are single entry only. The visa sticker for visas issued from an embassy are full page, so bear that in mind if you do not have many pages left in your passport.

    Overstays are charged at US$10 per day of overstay -- is is far cheaper to extend your visa rather than overstay it.

    #1 Posted: 22/1/2013 - 23:31

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  • IvanaCZ

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    I just crossed the border at Huay Xai into Laos yesterday and everything went ok. Nobody wanted a bribe, nice and easy. I paid $30.

    #2 Posted: 24/4/2013 - 00:58

  • DSawyer

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    was just wondering...on my arrival In Laos.Can I make my VOA payment in US currency i.e a $20 and a $10 bill with out any problems?
    and when arriving via airport...what approximately will the time be for getting my visa issued?I have an onward flight to Luang so I just wanted to make sure I have plenty of time ...

    Thanks in advance


    #3 Posted: 26/4/2013 - 00:14

  • piglet44

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    Can anyone update me about the Border crossing at Chiang Khong to Laos? The sticky predates the fourth Friendship bridge.How long is the procedure and is it smooth? Are there any NEW border scams there?
    Thanks Travelling in June via Chiang Rai.

    #4 Posted: 19/4/2014 - 22:54

  • Armando696

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    Citizens of Switzerland, Japan, Luxembourg can get a visa-free entry, valid for 15 days. I did this several times already, no problems. They know it at every entry point.

    #5 Posted: 14/7/2014 - 14:46

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