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Laos eVisa Information

The Laos eVisa, introduced in July 2019, is an online visa which allows eligible citizens to travel to Laos for a short stay for tourism.

The Lao government has implemented the online visa application for Laos in order to facilitate the process of obtaining a Laos visa for eligible nationalities and boost tourism in the country.

The eVisa for Laos is a single-entry online visa which allows a maximum stay of 30 days in Laos and is valid for 60 days from the date of approval.

Eligible citizens can apply through the simple Laos visa application online. It only takes a few minutes to complete the Laos eVisa application form with personal, passport, and travel information, to receive a Laos visa online approval letter via email.

Travelers are advised to submit a Laos visa application form at least 7 days before the intended date of arrival in Laos, to allow for sufficient processing time.

Holders of the Laos online visa are able to gain expedited access to Laos through 7 designated ports of entry in the country:

  • Boten International Checkpoint
  • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I
  • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II
  • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge IV
  • Luang Prabang International Airport
  • Pakse International Airport
  • Wattay International Airport

Those who wish to visit Laos for longer periods or purposes other than tourism should contact the nearest Lao Embassy or Consulate for further information.

Laos eVisa Requirements

In order to submit a Laos online visa application, applicants are required to meet the following Laos eVisa requirements:

  • Have an eligible passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Laos, containing at least 2 blank pages
  • Provide a copy of the passport biographical page
  • Upload a recent digital photograph of the traveler, passport-style
  • Supply valid debit or credit card details to pay the Laos eVisa fee
  • Provide a current email address at which to receive the Laos eVisa approval letter.

One of the Laos electronic visa requirements states that the applicant must provide the intended date of entry to Laos on the application form, as well as details of the accommodation where they will be staying in Laos.

Online Laos visa requirements also state that the traveler should print a copy of the eVisa approval letter to present upon arrival alongside their passport, to gain expedited entry to Laos.

Some additional supporting documentation, such as proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay and a full travel itinerary, may be requested by border officials before the traveler is permitted to enter the country.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Laos Visa FAQ

  • What is the eVisa for Laos?

    The eVisa for Laos is an online visa, introduced in July 2019, which allows eligible citizens a short stay in Laos for purposes of tourism.

  • Does a travel authorization guarantee me access to Laos?

    No, the travel authorization for Laos does not guarantee access to the country. The final decision for entry to Laos will be made by an immigration official upon arrival at the border.

  • How long is my Laos visa online valid for? When does it expire?

    The Laos visa online is valid for 60 days from the date of approval. It allows a maximum stay of 30 days in Laos from the date of arrival in the country.

  • What is the cost to obtain a Laos eVisa authorization?

    The government price of the Laos eVisa ranges from $35 to $60. This fee depends on the applicant’s nationality.

  • Are there any differences between Laos eVisa and Laos Visa?

    Those who are eligible for a Laos eVisa are able to submit a visa application and receive an approved visa exclusively online. Those not eligible for the eVisa are required to apply for a Laos visa from an embassy or consulate in person. Many foreign citizens are also able to obtain a Laos visa on arrival, although this involves an application process on arrival and the need to queue at border entry points.

  • Can I enter Laos with my eVisa at any point of entry?

    Holders of the eVisa can gain expedited access to Laos only through the following ports of entry:

    • Boten International Checkpoint
    • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I
    • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II
    • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge IV
    • Luang Prabang International Airport
    • Pakse International Airport
    • Wattay International Airport
  • What are the requirements to request the Laos eVisa?

    In order to submit a Laos eVisa application, it is necessary to have the following:

    • An eligible passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Laos, containing at least 2 blank pages
    • A recent digital photograph of the traveler, passport-style
    • A valid debit or credit card to pay the Laos eVisa fee
    • A current email address at which to receive the approved Laos online visa.

    Applicants are required to provide both the date of intended arrival and details of the accommodation where they will be staying in Laos on the application form.

    Some additional supporting documentation, such as a travel itinerary and proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay, may be requested by officials at the border before the traveler is permitted to enter Laos.

  • How long does it take to get an online visa for Laos?

    The standard processing time for the online visa for Laos is 3 days, although it may take longer in some cases.

  • When is the best time to apply for a Laos travel authorization?

    Applicants are advised to submit a Laos travel authorization at least 7 days before the intended date of arrival in Laos in order to allow sufficient time for processing.

  • Can I make changes to my electronic visa application to Laos?

    No, applicants will be required to submit a new electronic visa application to Laos in order to make any changes from the original application.

  • How can I check if my eVisa for Laos is valid?

    Applicants will be able to check the status of the eVisa for Laos directly on the government website, using the reference number supplied after submitting the eVisa application.

  • Can I fix a mistake on my eVisa Laos application?

    Applicants are advised to ensure all the information provided on the Laos eVisa form is correct before submitting the application, as any errors may result in the eVisa being denied.

  • What do I do if my Laos eVisa is refused?

    If the Laos eVisa is denied, it will be possible to submit a new application. It is necessary to ensure that all of the data provided on the Laos eVisa form matches the applicant’s passport information, as even small errors may result in the rejection of the application.

  • Is it necessary to carry a copy of the approved eVisa when arriving in Laos?

    Yes, applicants are required to print a copy of the eVisa approval letter to present upon arrival in Laos alongside the same passport used to complete the application.

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