Do you need a visa to visit Laos?

Almost everyone needs a visa to visit Laos. The good news is that many nationalities are able to apply for visas-upon-arrival at certain international airports and border crossings in Laos. Make sure that you are able to receive a visa on arrival, or else risk being turned away at immigration.

 Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

Who can get a visa upon arrival in Laos?

Visa-free entry to Laos

  • ASEAN countries
  • Russia
  • Mongolia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Norway
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Brunei
 Flags of Laos along the Vientiane riverfront

Flags of Laos along the Vientiane riverfront

Visa upon arrival in Laos

Most nationalities can apply for a visa upon arrival at any of Laos' international airports and most land border crossings.

  • USA
  • UK
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • China
  • Brazil
  • India
  • and many others

The visa application is only one page long and is processed as you pass through immigration. The visa fee is between $30 and $45, with nearly every nationality being required to pay $35. The visa fee is payable in USD only, so make sure that you've prepared the proper currency. A passport photo is required to apply for a visa, but they can take a photo of you at the airport for an additional $1.

Apply for a visa in advance

Holders of passports from certain nationalities are required to apply for a visa in advance at the nearest embassy. If you are already traveling in Southeast Asia, your best bet is to visit the Laotian embassy in Bangkok, where a visa costs around 1500 Thai Baht, and can usually be processed in one day.

  • Holders of Turkish passports, among others are required to apply for a visa in advance

If you are unsure whether your passport entitles you to a visa on arrival, check the official list on the government's immigration department website. >>http://www.immigration.gov.la/visas.html