How to Get a Tourist Visa for Laos

Laos Tourist Visa

Laos Tourist Visa

Fortunately, citizens of most countries can get a tourist visa on arrival in Laos. I actually recommend going this route instead of going through the hassle of applying at a consulate or embassy.

The Laos tourist visa is good for a stay of up to 30 days (extendable).

IMPORTANT: Make sure to bring 2 passport photos with you for the visa on arrival.

Go to my Laos visa page for information on other types of visas for Laos.

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the Laos Tourist Visa if you want to apply the old-fashioned way at a consulate or embassy before you go.

Visa required for U.S. citizens before you go to Laos: No

  • U.S. citizens can get a visa on arrival at the airport (for tourist purposes) good for a stay of 30 days (extendable for an additional 60 days through the Department of Immigration in Vientiane).
  • Business visas must be arranged for in advance. This process usually takes one to three months. After you arrive, business visas can generally be extended for one month.

Visa required for non-U.S. citizens before you go to Laos:

Find your closest consulate

If you’re inside the U.S.:

Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

If you’re outside of the U.S.: Click here

Gather documentation

The best list of required documents is at the Laos Embassy website here.

Visa fee

Contact your embassy or consulate from Step 1 in order to get the latest visa fees.

Submit materials
  • Submit your required materials from Step 2 and visa fee from Step 3 to the embassy or consulate you found in Step 1.
  • Your embassy or consulate should have detailed visa application submission instructions. If not, call them up.
Receive your visa

Congratulations!  The Embassy or Consulate of Laos will give to you your brand new Laos visa.

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