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Laos Entry and Travel Requirements

Entry requirements to Laos outline all the rules that travelers must follow to enter Laos without any problems. These requirements include, among other things, the necessary documents that must be collected before departure. One of the most essential documents one needs when visiting Laos is a valid passport.

Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of arrival in Laos. Additionally, it must have two blank pages. Another important document that most foreign tourists must have when coming to Laos is a visa. The Lao visa policy specifies visa requirements which may vary depending on the traveller's nationality, reason for travel and length of time they wish to stay in Laos.

Visas for Laos can be issued online, at the border or at the embassy.

Currently, there are about 160 different countries in the world whose citizens can apply for a Laos e-Visa completely online. Electronic visas are usually approved within 3 working days and allow travel to Laos for short-term tourism purposes. In addition, citizens of 7 countries must apply for a visa when entering Laos. VoA is issued at most entry points into Laos. After arriving in Laos, visitors must go to the immigration checkpoint and wait for their visa to be issued. Sometimes the registration process can take several hours depending on the number of people in line.

An embassy or consulate visa is the last option to obtain the necessary visa authorization before arriving in Laos. Citizens of countries not listed as eligible for e-visas must apply for a visa directly from the Lao diplomatic mission, regardless of the expected length of stay or reason for travel. Obtaining a visa from the embassy is also necessary for all visitors who plan to spend more time in Laos or have a purpose of travel other than the purpose of the e-Visa, e.g. work or study. .

Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Lao authorities have decided to temporarily close the country's borders to international visitors. The Lao government welcomed visitors again in May 2022, restoring visa-on-arrival and e-visa issuance.

At this time, some coronavirus-related restrictions remain in effect. Travelers who are fully vaccinated and can provide a valid vaccination certificate will be exempt from the requirement for Covid-19 testing before departure. However, those who have not been vaccinated will have to take an ATK test within 48 hours before the scheduled departure time. All travelers can visit Laos without quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status.

Please note:
Entry regulations related to Covid-19 are constantly evolving. Please consider reviewing the recent entry rule update to ensure a smooth entry into Laos.

Who can enter Laos?

As of May 2022, Laos borders have been reopened to international travel. The country welcomes all visitors regardless of their vaccination status.

Checklist of documents to enter Laos

  1. valid passport
  2. Laos visa
  3. Negative ATK test (only if not vaccinated)
  4. Covid-19 vaccination certificate (if vaccinated)
  5. Laos Green Pass
  6. Travel insurance (optional)



Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements

Request an inspection

Only unvaccinated travelers are subject to testing requirements. They must provide a negative ATK test result taken within 48 hours before departure. The inspection certificate must be issued in English. If the certificate is in another language, a certified English translation is required.

Vaccination required

The Lao government recognizes all Covid-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization. To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must receive their final dose of vaccine at least 14 days before their intended trip. There are no regulations regarding booster doses.

Vaccination certificate must be in English. Otherwise, travelers must provide a certified translation. Laos authorities accept EU Covid digital certificates Important:
People who have not received a full dose of Covid-19 vaccine or have not survived at least 14 days after receiving the last dose of vaccine are considered unvaccinated.

Quarantine required

Fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers can travel to Laos without quarantine.

In case of contracting Covid-19 during their stay in Laos, tourists must bear all costs of treatment, examination and quarantine.

Traveling from Laos

There are no specific exit requirements to leave Laos. However, be sure to contact your airline directly for more information, especially if the airline has its own regulations requiring passengers, such as providing a valid negative PCR test result to board a flight or confirm their vaccination status.

Please remember that Covid-19 regulations can change rapidly and you should always check the most up-to-date information before traveling internationally.

Traveling to Laos

Laos remains completely open to international tourists. Fully vaccinated arrivals will not be eligible for travel restrictions, while unvaccinated passengers will only need to provide a negative rapid ATK test report taken within 48 hours before arrival. start. Not all travelers, whether vaccinated or not, need to quarantine upon arrival in the country.

Lao authorities have restored pre-Covid-19 normalcy and are issuing visas on arrival, while eligible travelers can also apply for a Lao e-Visa online.

Entry Rules for Children

Children 12 years of age and younger are exempt from testing and vaccination requirements.

Children over 12 years of age are subject to the same entry requirements as adult travellers.

Transit through Laos

Currently, there are no options to transit through Laos.

Visa requirements

Lao e-Visa

In 2019, the Lao Government introduced the electronic visa system to facilitate the application procedure to certain travelers.

The Lao e-Visa is issued as a single-entry visa allowing for a 30-day stay in Laos for tourism or business-related activities.

Online application for an e-Visa allows saving plenty of time and energy since a traveler no longer needs to bother themselves with embassy appointments.

Currently, there are around 160 different nationalities eligible for Lao e-Visa.

Visa on Arrival

Lao visa regulations state that nationals of 7 countries in the world must obtain a visa on arrival to visit Laos for short-term stays. Visas on arrival are issued at certain ports of entry and only allow the holder to enter Laos once every 30 days.

Because there can be long lines at the border, registering for VoA may require waiting many hours for a visa to be issued. The applicant must submit certain supporting documents and pay a visa fee.

Eligible citizens can apply for VoA at any point of entry into Laos, except the following:

  1. Subhun (with China)
  2. Napao-Chalo (with Vietnam)
  3. Xieng Kok River Port (with Myanmar)
  4. Pakxan-Bueng Kan (with Thailand)

Full list of countries whose citizens must apply for a visa when entering Laos:

  1. Estonia
  2. Macedonia
  3. Malta
  4. Vatican City
  5. Palestinian territory
  6. Netherlands
  7. southern Sudan

An embassy or consulate visa is required

According to the Lao visa policy, citizens of approximately 80 different countries must apply for a Lao visa directly at the Lao embassy, ​​regardless of the reason for their trip or the expected length of stay. ​in this country.

The majority of countries whose citizens require an embassy visa are located in the Middle East and Africa. In addition, all tourists, including those who qualify for an e-visa, plan to visit Laos for a long-term stay, or have tourist purposes not covered by an e-visa, must also apply. Apply for a suitable visa in the traditional way. road.

To obtain an embassy or consular visa, the applicant must make an appointment at the nearest diplomatic mission. This needs to be arranged well in advance of your planned trip as traditional visa procedures are time-consuming and can take up to several weeks.

Depending on the visa type chosen, different supporting documents may be required to be presented when visiting the embassy.

List of countries whose citizens require an embassy visa to visit Laos:

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Bangladesh
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pakistan
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Reunion
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Lao Green Pass

All passengers arriving in Laos must fill out the Laos Green Pass and obtain a QR code with a health declaration. Laos Green Card application can be started one day before the planned trip to Laos.

Passengers who fail to obtain a QR code through LGP may face delays upon arrival in the country and have to undergo quarantine upon arrival.

Additionally, all travelers to Laos must download the LaoKYC and LaoStaySafe tracing apps. Both apps are available on iOS and Android.

Travel Insurance

All passengers arriving in Laos must fill out the Laos Green Pass and obtain a QR code with a health declaration. Laos Green Card application can be started one day before the planned trip to Laos.

Passengers who fail to obtain a QR code through LGP may face delays upon arrival in the country and have to undergo quarantine upon arrival.

Additionally, all travelers to Laos must download the LaoKYC and LaoStaySafe tracing apps. Both apps are available on iOS and Android.

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