Laos Visa Exemption

 Visa Exemption

Lao Visa Requirement Exemption and Visa Fee Exemptions

Laos has entered into mutual agreements with all ASEAN member countries as well as some non-ASEAN nations to exempt visitors from visas requirements.

In addition, it grants visa exemption to some other countries even if they have not granted the same privileges in return.

The country extends privileges to Lao individuals living abroad by NOT charging them a visa fee and allowing them to extend the length of their stay. Read on for more details.

For some countries the visa free scheme applies to all type of passports (Diplomatic, Official and Ordinary passport), while for others it only applicable to certain type of passports. The length of stay ranges from 14-90 days depending on the countries.

Passports

Here are lists of countries with which Laos has reached mutual agreements on visa exemption. (Lao passport holders can enter these countries visa-free. The same conditions apply)

ASEAN Member Countries

Country

Passport Type

Days of stay (Max)

1

lao.pngBrunei

Diplomatic/Official

14

Ordinary

14

2

lao1.pngCambodia

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

30

3

lao2.pngIndonesia

Diplomatic/Official

14

Ordinary

30

4

lao3.pngLaos

-

-

5

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-malaysia.pngMalaysia

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

6

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-myanmar.pngMyanmar

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

14

7

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-philippines.pngPhilippines

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

8

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-singapore.pngSingapore

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

9

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-thailand.pngThailand

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

10

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-vietnam.pngVietnam

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

 Non-ASEAN Member Countries

Passport Type

Days of stay (Max)

1

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-bangladesh.gifBangladesh 
(effective 6-Jan-2013)

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

N/A (Visa required)

2

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-brazil.pngBrazil

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

N/A (Visa required)

3

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-china.jpgChina

Diplomatic/Official

*Not set

Ordinary

N/A (Visa required)

4

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-cuba.jpgCuba

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

N/A (Visa required)

5

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-dpr-korea.jpgDPR Korea

Diplomatic/Official

*Not set

Ordinary

N/A (Visa required)

6

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-hungary.jpgHungary

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

N/A (Visa required)

7

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-india.jpgIndia

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

N/A (Visa required)

8

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-japan.jpgJapan**

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

15

9

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-mongolia.pngMongolia

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

30

10

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-peru.jpgPeru

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

N/A (Visa required)

11

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-poland.jpgPoland

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

N/A (Visa required)

13

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-russia.gifRussia**

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

15

12

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-s.korea.jpgSouth Korea**

Diplomatic/Official

90

Ordinary

15

14

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-timor-leste.pngTimor Leste

Diplomatic/Official

30

Ordinary

N/A (Visa required)

*The length of stay can be as long as the length of an assignment   

**Ordinary passport holders of these countries can enter Laos without a visa, but Lao ordinary passport holders don’t get the same privilege in return (they still need to get a visa to enter those countries).

In addition, Laos grants visa-free to some former USSR countries without having the same privilege in exchange.

Here is the list of the countries to which Laos gives visa exemption

Country

Applicable Passport Type

Days of stay (Max)

1

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-armenia.pngArmenia

Diplomatic/Official

30

2

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-azerbaijan.pngAzerbaijan

3

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-belarus.pngBelarus

4

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-estonia.pngEstonia

5

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-georgia.pngGeorgia

6

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-kazakhstan.pngKazakhstan

7

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-kyrgyzstan.pngKyrgyzstan

8

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-latvia.pngLatvia

9

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-lithuania.pngLithuania

10

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-moldova.pngMoldova

11

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-tajikistan.gifTajikistan

12

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-turkmenistan.pngTurkmenistan

13

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-ukraine.pngUkraine

14

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-uzbekistan.pngUzbekistan

15

*Luxembourg

Ordinary

15

http://www.laos-guide-999.com/image-files/flag-of-switzerland.gifSwitzerland

If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed above and hold a passport type as listed, you can enter Laos without having to obtain a visa. The length of stay varies (as listed above)

Be reminded that your passport must not expire within the next six months from the date you enter Laos.

Individuals (Lao borns)

Apart from the lists above, Laos also grants visa fee exemption to Lao born individuals holding passports of other countries regardless of their current nationality or citizenship status.

Starting from 1 January 2011, as a Lao born you can have a Lao visa stamped on your passport FREE of charge as described below.

    1. 90-day visit visa - FREE of charge (you still need to apply for the visa, but you are not charged for a visa fee), provided that you are:

a. 65+ years of age, or 

b. under 15 years of age, or

c. monk/priest (all ages), or

d. Physically and/or mentally disabled (all ages)

immigration stamps

If you are a Lao born falling into one of the groups (a-d) above, you can apply for a FREE visa either at Lao embassies/consulates outside Laos or at Lao international airports, or Lao border crossing points (known as visa-on-arrival).

Furthermore you can get your visa extended at immigration office in Laos FREE OF CHARGE when your 90-day visa expires should you want to stay longer

    2. 60-day visa (apply at embassy/consulate) - FREE of charge for ALL Lao borns, no age constrain.

All Lao borns who obtain a Lao visa at the Lao embassies or consulates oversea are entitled to a FREE 60-day visa.

The holders of this visa will also pay NO fee for a visa extension (at the immigration offices in Laos).

    3. 60-day visa (on arrival) - NOT FREE

If you are a Lao born but not in any of the groups (a-d) above, you'll be given 60 days permit (not the usual 30 days) when applying for a visa-on-arrival. Though you still need to pay the usual fee. This ranges from $20-$42 depending on your current citizenship.

However, if/when you get your visa extended at the immigration offices in Laos you will only be charged half of the fee ($1/day). The full fee is $2/day.

Whether you have the Lao visa exemption or the visa fee exemption, you need to hold a valid passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity. For visa fee exemption applicants, two passport-type photos are required for visa processing.

Have an enjoyable trip. I hope you enjoy your privilege.


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