Custom Laos, customs regulations

Таможня Лаоса

Attention! In the Internet we found various information about customs regulations of Laos, often not corresponding to reality. Below are the customs rules, which are valid as of December 2012, taken from official sources, of the customs service of Laos.

Tourists in Laos are allowed to carry duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco
  • 1 liter of strong alcohol and 2 litres of wine
  • 250 grams of toilet water and 50 grams of perfume
  • Second hand tools for professional use by the traveller and tools for the carriage of baggage
  • One b/u camera, or one camera with 10 rolls of film
  • One b/u camera
  • One used VCR
  • One used radio receiver
  • /Used sports equipment and tent
  • One b/pram
  • Other personal belongings are not for commercial use worth up to $ 50

Don't be surprised the interpretation of paragraphs "used". It just means that these items must be new in packaging, i.e. not intended for sale, for example. Paragraphs 1 and 2 is prohibited for persons under 16 years of age.

It is assumed that for all other items you are required to pay duty at the entrance. This does not mean that you can't import anything other than these items. You can safely imported any non-prohibited items for personal use just for the above specific types of goods are limited by quantity and quality.

Must be declared upon entry to Laos

  • Foreign currency the equivalent of over $ 2000
  • Antiques

Prohibited import/export

  • weapons, explosives, toxic and flammable substances
  • drugs

It is forbidden to export

  • Antiques, art, Buddha images in addition to Souvenirs.

The import/export of currency

The importation and exportation of national currency of Laos is prohibited.

Restrictions on the import/export of foreign currency, however amounts of cash or traveler's checks in the equivalent of more than $ 2000 must be declared.


For more information, see the website of the customs service of Laos http://laocustoms.laopdr.net/.

🕒 October 15, 2018

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