It may be difficult for many people who first come another country to get a visa. This would be a key to open that door. Let’s find out this before visiting this place!A. Visa exemption Laos has entered into mutual agreements with all ASEAN member countries as well as some non-ASEAN nations to exempt visitors from visas requirements. In addition, it grants visa exemption to some other countries even if they have not granted the same privileges in return.
The country extends privileges to Lao individuals living abroad by NOT charging them a visa fee and allowing them to extend the length of their stay. Read on for more details.For some countries, the visa-free scheme applies to all type of passports (Diplomatic, Official and Ordinary passport), while for others it only applicable to the certain type of passports. The length of stay ranges from 14-90 days depending on the countries.If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed above and hold a passport type as listed, you can enter Laos without having to obtain a visa. The length of stay varies (as listed above)\r\n\r\nBe reminded that your passport must not expire within the next six months from the date you enter Laos.
B. Visa information
1. Documentary requirements & fee\r\n\r\nExcept for the countries above, foreigners from other nations must get a visa before coming to the local one. You will need these kinds of document:\r\n
- One application form filled out.
- Two recent photographs(Color Photo only)
- A passport must have at least six months remaining validity.
- If applying by mail, enclose prepaid envelope for return of passport.
About the fee
- $ 10.00-Lao Origin
- $ 50.00-US citizens
- $ 57.00- Canadian citizens
- The fees must be paid by money order or certified check.
2. Types of visa
- Tourist Visa (T): A 30-day Tourist Visa for Laos can be obtained at embassies or general consulates of the Lao PDR in foreign countries.
- Visit Visa (or B3 Visa): Visit Visa for Laos is for citizens of countries that don’t have a visa exemption agreement with Laos, who hold ordinary passports and intend to visit relatives working or living in Laos. It is available from Lao Embassies or Consulates in foreign countries.
- Business Visa (or B2 visa): A Business Visa is for businesspersons, or those will be working in Laos for a company, a project, or an organization, who hold ordinary passports and have someone to “sponsor” them (a company or individual in Laos).
- Transit Visa (Tr): A Transit Visa for Laos is available for travelers transiting through Laos to a third country. Holders of this type of Laos visa can stay in Laos for up to 7 days. Work is prohibited and it is not extendable.
- Diplomatic Visa (A1): A Diplomatic Visa is issued to diplomatic passport holders, including consular officers, heads of the United Nations Agencies and International Organisations, and their spouses and children.
- fficial Visa (A2): The Official Visa is similar to the diplomatic one (exempted from a Laos visa fee), however, it is for staff members of Diplomatic Missions, Consulates, United Nations Agencies and other International Organisations and their spouses and children holding official passports.
- Courtesy Visa (B1): The Courtesy Visa is for foreign experts and their spouses and children holding diplomatic, official and ordinary passports taking assignments under bilateral cooperation or grant assistance projects for the Government of Laos.
3. Validity of visas
- Tourist Visa, Visa on arrival (30-day, extendable)
- Visit Visa (30-day, extendable)
- Business Visa (30-day, extendable)
- Transit Visa (7-day, not extendable)
- Diplomatic visa (6-12 months, extendable)
- Official Visa (6-12 months, extendable)
- Courtesy Visa (6-12 months, extendable)
If you have any questions or want to know more about Visa before visiting Laos, please feel free to contact us. We hope that the information above is helpful for making plans.You might want to see