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Laos visa regulations

What are the Laos visa regulations? These days it's easy to obtain a Lao visa. This page will inform you about visas for Laos.

Laos visaSo, what do you need? All visitors need a valid passport which has to be 6 month validity remaining and at least one page left. Visas can be obtained at the Lao embassies around the world.

See the list at the end of the page for your most convenient place to pick up a visa. (people from the Asean countries do not need a visa)

There are several places where you can get a visa on the spot. The Friendship Bridge and the Wattay airport have a service at the border. You will be able to get a 15 or 30 day visa here. Bring two passport photos and $30 in cash (it must be US dollar of Thai bath).

That said, in Savannakhet, Veun Kham and at Lao Bao I was charged US $45 (plus $3 stamp money).

Additional you will have to use the Friendship Bridge II in Savannakhet as foreigners are no longer allowed to use the ferry. If you bring your bicycle, you will have to arrange passage on the bridge with a pickup truck or bus as you are not allowed to cycle the Friendship Bridge II.

At Thakhek you can cross the Mekong but you can't bring your bicycle.

Further you can get visas at major entry points as Pakse, Huay Xai, Savannakhet. Minor border posts might be more difficult although not necessarily impossible.

The huge new Cambodia border post, not finished in November 2010
The huge new Cambodia border post On the Lao side, the Lao building was
finishing when I past in July 2013 but both were still not in use.

The Lao border posts are:

Laos - Thailand

Laos - Cambodia

Laos - Vietnam

  • Sop Hun - Tay Trang
  • Na Maew - Nam Xoi
  • NamCan - Nam Khan
  • Nam Phao - Cau Treo
  • Dansavanh - Lao Bao
  • Bo Y - Ngoc Hoi

Laos - China

Extension of your visa is possible in Vientiane only. The costs are $3 per day. Your best bet is still to arrange an extension through an agency, easier and faster though a bit more expensive depending on the agency.

Overstaying your visa will cost you $5 per day.

So what does it mean for cyclists? It depends where you start your journey in Laos. It is possible to start in Pakse and cycle within 30 days to the Chinese border. This is a route I have done myself and had no problems with overstaying and still have enough days for rest and sightseeing.

Good places to pick up a Lao visa are Bangkok if you come from Thailand and do not cross the Friendship bridge. In China, you can easily pick up a Lao visa in the Carmelia Hotel in Kunming Yunnan. One day service is available. You have to enter Laos within 3 months after issuing the visa.

Lao Embassies

Australia Indonesia Russia
Embassy of Lao PDR
1 Dalman Crescent
Canberra, ACT
Embassy of Lao PDR
Jalan Kintamani Raya
c15 No 33
Kuningan Timur, Jakarta
Embassy of Lao PDR
Moscow 121069
Katchalova 18
Cambodia Japan Singapore
Embassy of Lao PDR
15-17 Mao TseTung Blvd
PO Box 19
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Embassy of Lao PDR
3-3-22 Nishi-Azabu
Embassy of Lao PDR
179-B Goldhill Centre
Thomson Road
China Malaysia Sweden
Embassy of Lao PDR
Sanlitum Dongsie jie
Beijing 100600
Embassy of Lao PDR
1 Loront Damai Tiga
Kuala Lumpur 55000
Embassy of Lao PDR
Badstrandvagen 11
11265 Stockholm
Cuba Mongolia Thailand
Embassy of Lao PDR
7 Are calle 36A
505 Miramar
Havana, CUBA
Embassy of Lao PDR
Ikh Toiruu
PO Box 1030
Ulan Bator
Embassy of Lao PDR
Soiramkhamhaeng 39
Bangkapi, Bangkok
France Myanmar USA
Embassy of Lao PDR
74, Av. Raymond Poincare
75011 Paris
Embassy of Lao PDR
Na 1 Diplomatic
France Road, Yangon
Permanent Mission of Lao PDR
317 East 51 Street
New York
Germany Philippines USA
Embassy of Lao PDR
Am Lessing 6
53639 Koenigswinter 1
Embassy of Lao PDR
34 Lapu-Lapu Street
Magallaness Village
Embassy of Lao PDR
2222 S Street NW
Washington DC
India Poland Vietnam
Embassy of Lao PDR
E53 Panchsheel Park
New Delhi - 17
Embassy of Lao PDR
UL Rejtana 15/26
02-516 Warsaw
Embassy of Lao PDR
22 Rue Tran Binh Trong
SR of Vietnam

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