Laos eVisa Requirements for Citizens of United States

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Travelers from the US are amongst the top visitors in Laos every year. The Laotian Government introduced an online visa in 2019 and made it available to foreigners, including Americans, interested in temporary visits for touristic activities.

The eVisa for Laos is an electronic visa that US nationals can obtain from the comfort of their homes without having to schedule an appointment at an embassy or consulate. It saves them time previously spent on personal applications.

eVisa for Laos: Main Features for American Applicants

The visa policy for Laos specifies the nationalities eligible to receive the eVisa and what conditions they must meet before applying. Visitors from the United States can use the electronic visa for Laos for the following reasons for travel:

  • Their trip will be for tourism only
  • They only need a single entry
  • Their visit will be for up to a month

US citizens must take into consideration that the eVisa, once approved, is valid for 60 days. If they do not use the eVisa once granted within this period, it will no longer be valid and they will need to request a new one.

Americans who want to travel to Laos for purposes other than tourism, or plan to stay longer than a month, must note the eVisa does not cover these activities. In these situations, we recommend paying a visit to the Laotian consulate located in New York or the Laos embassy in Washington DC for further details.

Documents Required for the Laos eVisa for United States Nationals

Before proceeding to the application form, we recommend reading the visa requirements for American citizens. These conditions detail which countries they can travel to with an electronic visa and the documentation they must provide during their request.

The requisites for the Laos eVisa are standard for international tourism and include the following:

  • Possess an American passport valid for at least 6 months on the intended arrival date in Laos
  • Have digital copies of their passport’s cover and biographical pages
  • Provide a digital copy of a recently taken ID photo (4×6 cm) – passport style
  • Supply an active email address to register their Laos eVisa request
  • Use a debit or debit card activated for online payments to pay for the eVisa processing fee

Travelers from the US must confirm their passport will be valid for at least 180 days on their arrival in Laos. They should also check it has at least 2 blank pages for entry and exit stamps.

Application Process for the Laos eVisa for US Tourists

Americans can submit their eVisa request via an online form. It consists of a quick questionnaire that takes between 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Nationals of the US will be required to provide the following personal information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Passport number
  • Passport expiry date
  • Passport issuing country

They will continue their eVisa request by uploading the digital copies of the required pages from their passport followed by their ID photo. It is very important to check all the information provided is correct. Any minor errors could interfere with the evaluation process.

US petitioners conclude their eVisa application by paying the processing fee. The payment is actioned through a secure digital platform.

Do US children need a Laos eVisa?

Travelers from the United States planning a family holiday in Laos with their children should note each arrival must reach the country with their individual eVisa previously approved.

They can fill in their US dependents’ forms on their behalf using the same email address and payment methods without any issues.

Evaluation Process of the eVisa for Laos by American Citizens

The Laotian government analyzes all the applications received by US nationals. If the forms have been submitted correctly and they meet the necessary requirements, Americans will receive an approval email with the confirmation of their granted eVisa within 1 business day.

The eVisa is automatically linked to the US holder’s passport. Once granted, travelers from the United States will be authorized to enter Laos.

Traveling to Laos with the eVisa from the US

US citizens can travel to Laos with an approved eVisa by air and road. They can fly into the following international airports and border crossings:

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

Upon arrival, we recommend heading straight to the queues for eVisa travelers. Border officials will require American visitors to submit their passport and printed eVisa letters for inspection before being granted entry into the country.

American visitors should abide by the allowed 30 days on their eVisa to stay in the country. If they prolong their trip for any unforeseen reason, they must request an online visa extension at the Immigration Office in Vientiane or authorized travel agencies.

Tourists from the US should note they are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival. However, the eVisa is the most convenient visa option for American travelers since it is issued in a quicker, simpler, and more secure manner.

Application Steps

Complete online application
Confirm Payment
Receive approved Visa
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Covid Update for Laos

Last update: 04/11/2021

All flights to Laos are canceled until 14 November 2021, except for emergency, humanitarian, repatriation, and medevac flights. Travelers must have a certificate from a doctor proving they had a negative coronavirus RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Passengers must sign a ‘Travel Consent’ letter before boarding, and are required to have a reservation for at least 14 days at a designated hotel at which to quarantine for said 14 days, as well as transport arrangements. Upon arrival in Laos, travelers may be given another RT-PCR test at their own expense and must undergo medical screening. A health declaration form must also be completed and submitted upon arrival. Travelers have to install the “LAO KYC” application on a mobile device. The only visas considered valid are those with written authorization from the Task Force Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Airline crew will be screened and must quarantine between flights.

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