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Visa to Laos

Although the Laos Authority is more liberalized in issuing the Laos visa to the foreign tourists, you might feel the process is very complicated if you wish to obtain the Laos visa by yourself.
Do not be surprise if you called a Laos Embassy, and they inform you to contact a travel agent to arrange the visa stamp for you. This is because they do not accept direct visa application from individual travelers (at least at the time of writing – in good faith, we believe that in the future, the Laos Embassy will accept direct application).

In the past, the Laos visa could be issued to the foreign tourists only if the package tours were purchased through one of its authorized travel agencies. Nowadays, it is not necessary to buy a package tour in order to obtain the Laos visa, but the procedures remain almost unchanged.


1) Application for Letter of Visa Approval

You can do it by sending us your Passport details either by e-mail or by fax with the following information:

Last Name and First Name
Passport Number
Date of Passport Issued
Date of Passport Expiry
Date of Birth
Date of Arrival
We will forward your details to the Laos Authority to get the approval.

2) Getting Laos visa stamp into your Passport after receiving approval

After your Laos visa has been approved, there are 3 ways you can get the Laos visa stamp into your Passport.

2.1) Obtaining the visa stamp in your country

When your visa is approved, we will fax a copy of visa authorization to you and another copy to the Laos Embassy in your country. You can then submit your Passport, 2 photos, and 2 application forms together with our fax of visa approval to get the visa stamp. Here, the visa stamp fee is about USD 12-16 varying in different countries.

2.2) Obtaining the Laos Visa Stamp in Hanoi

Hanoi or Hochiminh city , Vietnam was once the only Gateway to Laos. If you are visiting Hanoi, Vietnam before your trip to Laos, you can deliver your Passport and 2 photos to us. We will submit them to the Laos Embassy to get the visa stamp for you.

2.3) Obtaining the Laos visa stamp upon Arrival in Airport in Laos

In case you do not have sufficient time to obtain the visa stamp either in your country or in Hanoi, you can get it upon arrival ( only at the airport ). The visa fee issued upon arrival is USD 30 per person . A return or onward ticket might also be requested.


If you come to Laos by land, you should have a visa in advance, the visa on arrival is not available at the borders.


Visa stamp fees : 40USD - 2 working days - in Hanoi

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