Laos eVisa Requirements for Citizens of Canada

Electronic Travel Authorization Available
See More Details

The Laos government introduced the eVisa in 2019, which facilitates obtaining an authorized entry permit for foreign travelers. Canadians are among the most frequent visitors to Laos every year.

Canadian passport holders can apply for the eVisa for Laos from the comfort of their homes. The visa request can be completed within 20 minutes, and they no longer need to pay a visit to an embassy or consular office.

Laos eVisa: Main Features for Canadian Travelers

Canadians are recommended to read the Laotian visa policy. They will find useful information for them regarding Laos’s online visa and what activities they can carry out.

Citizens of Canada are eligible to apply for the eVisa if their trip meets the following criteria:

  • They visit Laos for tourism and leisure only
  • Their stay in the country will not extend beyond a month
  • They will only need a single entry into the country
  • They will arrive in Laos within 2 months of their application

The eVisa for Laos, once approved, is valid for 60 days. Canadian citizens should consider that if they do not use it for their entry within 2 months, it will no longer be valid, and they will need to request a new one.

Nationals from Canada should take into account the eVisa for Laos does not allow them to partake in any form of employment (paid or otherwise).

If travelers from Canada plan to visit Laos for purposes other than tourism or for stays longer than a month, they should pay a visit to the Consulate of Laos in Vancouver for more suited visa options.

What Are the Requirements for a Laos eVisa for Canadians?

Before filling in the application for the Laos eVisa, we recommend reading through the visa prerequisites for Canadian citizens. These detail the countries a Canadian passport holder can travel to with an online visa and what activities they can carry out.

The conditions for the Laos eVisa for tourists from Canada include the following:

  • Possess a passport issued in Canada that will be valid for 6 months on their arrival date in Laos
  • Ensure their passport has 2 blank pages for entry and exit stamps by border officials
  • Provide digital copies of their passport’s cover and biographical pages
  • Supply a recently taken passport-style photo in digital format
  • Confirm the debit or credit card they will use to pay the eVisa processing fee is activated for online payments
  • Use a frequently accessed email address to request their eVisa

Canadian nationals must ensure their passport complies with the mentioned requirements before they initiate their application form. If this condition is not met, we request they send it for renewal with their local authorities at their earliest possibility.

Likewise, it is essential to check the digital copies of their required documentation are of readable quality and can be correctly uploaded.

How to Apply for the Laos eVisa as a Canadian Citizen

Canadian passport holders can submit their eVisa form by accessing an online questionnaire where they will be required to share the following personal and passport details:

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

It is very important to review all the information supplied in the application form since any mistakes or typos could lead to denial of their request.

Any visiting party from Canada traveling to Laos on a family holiday with minors should consider that every arrival must have a previously approved eVisa. This is regardless of the Canadian traveler’s age or if they share their passport with one of their parents or legal guardians.

Nationals of Canada conclude their eVisa petition by paying the processing fee. The payment is issued via a secure digital platform.

Most international debit and credit cards are accepted, and we simply require Canadians to check their bank cards have been activated for internet payments and carry sufficient funds.

Evaluations of the eVisas Applications Received by Canadian Travelers

The Government of Laos analyzes all the requests received by Canadian citizens. If these have been correctly submitted and meet the necessary requirements, they will issue the approved eVisas straight to the holder’s passport.

Canadian passport holders will receive a confirmation email. We recommend printing out a copy and keeping it next to their travel documents before their departure.

The Laos eVisas are usually issued within 24 business hours. If tourists from Canada are planning to apply during busy periods such as the summer holidays, we recommend filling out their eVisa form at least 3 business days before their arrival.

Travel to Laos from Canada with the eVisa

Visitors from Canada can choose one of the following ports of entry in Laos where they can use the electronic visa:

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

Upon reaching, they can head directly to the queues reserved for arrivals with an eVisa to save time at passport controls. Border officials will require them to submit their passports and a printed copy of their approval letter before being granted entry.

Application Steps

Complete online application
Confirm Payment
Receive approved Visa
Apply Online

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.

Country policy

Laos Visa Policy


Familiarize yourself with the Laos visa law and find out if you need a travel authorization for your trip.

Apply Online

Visa requirements checker