Visa to Laos

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General information about visa requirements for Laos

Штампы в паспорте в Лаос Stamps in the passport

The citizens of Russia to 2017 of the year to visit Laos for a period of 30 days visa not required (previously the deadline was 15 days). Citizens of other CIS countries, as well as the Russians for a period of stay longer than 30 days require a visa in advance at the Embassy or getting visa on arrival. After entering on a visa in Laos, the period of stay it can be extended.

Theoretically, for entry into Laos requires the availability of sufficient funds for stay in the country and a return ticket or a ticket to a third country. If the first rule is almost not checked to have a return ticket or a ticket to a third country does not interfere. Especially often this rule is asked on arrival at the airport. If you have a return ticket from neighboring countries (Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia) and you plan to get there by land, you can present it and explain your route. Almost always this helps although, again in theory, you should provide in this case, a ticket for train, bus, etc.

There is also a requirement for the validity of the passport: your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry.

Attention! When entering Laos will carefully make sure that the guards put a stamp in the passport, because there have been cases when they forget to do it. In this case, the departure will have to pay a fine for illegal stay in the country.

The procedure for crossing the border with Laos

Наземный пограничный переход в Лаос Land border crossing to Laos

Even if you do not need a visa to Laos at the border still have to pay some fees. The procedure for payment can vary depending on the intersection, but in General this is a small amount within a few dollars. Fees will include payment for inspection of documents, affixing of stamps, fees for crossing the border on weekends and after work time, you can even charge for the test temperature (the so-called sanitary control).

Payment of fees can be made in the currency of Laos, U.S. dollars or in the currency of the country where you enter by land (Thai baht or Vietnamese Dong). In our experience, it is better to pay directly in dollars or the currency of the country where you enter. If you decide to buy Lao bales, it can be done at any border crossing, but the rate there is extremely not very profitable, therefore it is better to use only the first time. For example, one day the exchange rate at the border crossing from Vietnam to Laos was 7700 Kip Yes, the US dollar, while in the urban banks in the district of 8500.

For reference, here are the fees at land border crossing in November 2018:

  • The service fee for the processing of documents – 16 000 Kip or $ 2
  • The fee for the production of a stamp in the passport is 10 000 Kip
  • Additional fee for work at the weekend or after 16:00 hours on weekdays is 10 000 Kip
  • Sanitary control – 5000 Kip

Also when leaving Laos will be charged a fee for processing the documents of 10 000 Kip or $ 1, but only at the weekend or after hours to 08:00 and after 16:00.

Land border crossings operate only in the daytime, each one according to his timetable on average from 07:00 to 18:00, but the busiest working late. The most popular land crossing on the border with Thailand lovely area of nongkhai city, Vientiane is open from 06:00 to 22:00.

Visa-free entry for Russian citizens

Russian citizens to stay in Laos for up to 30 days visa at the border control is only a stamp in the passport. You can get it at the border control at the airport, and on any surface crossings.

For visa-free entry to Laos requires a passport with validity not less than 6 months and a return ticket or tickets to a third country (e-ticket printout is fine). The last rule is checked rarely. Requirements about necessity of presence of the traveller booked the hotel and insurance when entering there.

To extend the stamp on 30-day stay, you can leave the country to any neighboring country and then return and get a new stamp for 30 days.

Visa on arrival

Visa on arrival can be issued at the airports of Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakse; on land crossings from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. It gives right of stay up to 30 days and may be extended in Laos twice. However, it should be noted that visa on arrival can be issued not at all, but only at certain border crossings.

The cost of visa on arrival is 30 USD (payable in dollars).

For registration you need to provide:

  • passport (valid for at least 6 months)
  • 2 filled application forms (issued locally)
  • 2 photos, black and white or color, 4x6 cm

If the pictures you have will not, then you will take a picture or scan a photo of your passport for $ 1.

Border crossings where the visa application on arrival*:

  • On the border with Thailand

    • Nong Khai–Vientiane – crossing the "friendship Bridge No. 1" (Thai-Lao Freindship Bridge No. 1)
    • Mukdaharn–Savannakhet border crossing the "Friendship Bridge No. 2" (Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge No. 2)
    • Chiang Khong–Houy Xai, the border crossing of Chiang Rai province
    • Nakaxeng–Kaenthao
    • Nakon Phanom–Thakhaek
    • Chong Mek–Vangtao
  • On the border with Vietnam

    • Tay Trang– Sobboun – the border crossing from Dien bien Phu, the route from Sapa
    • Lao Bao–Dansavanh route from da Nang, hue, Vinh
    • Nameo–Banteui
    • Keoneua–Namphao
    • Bo Y–Phukeua
  • On the border with Cambodia

    • Stung Treng–Pakse and Veung Kham
  • On the border with China

    • Mohan–Boten

* - information is given for information. Check the information about the border crossing before travelling.

Visa to Laos at the Embassy

Where to apply for a visa to Laos?

To apply for a visa to Laos in advance is possible in the consular offices at the Embassy of any country, but as of 2016 at the Embassy in Moscow make this impossible, as for Russian citizens visa is not true. Therefore, visa to Laos in advance if necessary, can be done in the embassies of Laos neighbouring countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China. Besides the visa to Laos can be issued at the Embassy in the Laos.

The visa processing time is 2-3 working days, but the extra 5-10 dollars KST urgent clearance within the hour.

The cost of visa to Laos

For a visa at the Consulate fee of 20 USD (depending on country of registration). In Kuala Lumpur, for example, a visa will cost $ 63; in Bangkok, $ 45.

The validity and duration of stay on a visa in Laos

On a tourist or business visa in Laos, you can stay 30 days after entry. The validity of visa after its issuance (i.e., the period during which it may be used to enter the country, if a visa obtained in advance) is three months.

Required documents

For visa to Laos are required to present a minimum set of documents:

  • passport (valid for at least 6 months)
  • 2 completed application forms
  • 2 photos, black and white or color, 4x6 cm

Also be sure to check that you have unpaid fines and other debts, otherwise you can not release at the border from Russia.

Extension of visa to Laos

You can extend your visa while in Laos twice for 30 days (15 days). It is necessary to apply to the Department of immigration in Vientiane. The extension is worth $ 30.

Embassy of Laos in Moscow

  • Address: 121069, Moscow, Malaya Nikitskaya street, 18
  • Consular division (visa issues): Moscow, Malaya Nikitskaya street, 18
  • Tel: (495) 203-01-58.

Embassy of Russia in Laos

  • Address: Sisattanak Distr., Thaphalanxay quarter, km 4, Thadeua str., Vientiane, P. O. Box 490, Vientiane, Laos.
  • Bodies: (856) 21-31-2219, (856) 21-31-2222, Fax: (856) 21-31-2210
  • Website:
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