What is eVisa to Laos
The Laos eVisa is an online visa issued for tourism and business-related short-term purposes. Since 2019 when the Lao Government introduced the eVisa system, eligible travelers can enjoy quick and convenient online visa application which entirely eliminates embassy visits.
The electronic visa for Laos is a one-entry visa remaining valid for 60 days and allowing an individual to stay in Laos for up to 30 days.
In order to obtain a Laos eVisa, an eligible applicant must complete a short and intuitive online form, cover the processing fee of 99 Euro and receive the visa confirmation via email.
Apart from the required documents, i.e., a valid passport and face photo, one needs to have access to any working electronic device with a stable Internet connection, valid means of online payment as well as an active email address.
The Laos eVisa application should be completed at least 3 business days prior to the date of planned arrival in Laos to receive the visa approval on time.
eVisa to Laos requirements
To successfully complete all the steps of the online application process, one should prepare the following two documents:
- bio-data passport page
- face photo
Tip: You can take a face photo simply using your PC or phone camera. Our visa experts will adjust the received files so there is no need to worry about their sizes. Make sure, however, to take a photo that is clear, and has a neutral background.
eVisa Laos application form
Prepare a valid passport and your face photo and start the online visa application which involves the following steps:
- Fill out the online form: put all the required details such as your personal and passport data, contact information and travel-related details. Upload the required documents and after double-checking the provided information go to the second step.
- Cover the service fee: use your preferred method of online payment and pay the processing fee of 99 Euro.
- Check your email: after covering the payment make sure to check your email inbox – the confirmation message should have already arrived there; the approved Laos eVisa will also be delivered to you via email once approved.
Please note! The exact processing time is at the total discretion of the Laos government and may be extended in some situations. Always remember to double-check all the information entered in the online form to minimize the chances of possible delays or issues with the approval of your application.
eVisa Laos validity
The approved Laos eVisa remains valid for 2 months (60 days) from the date of its issuance. Its holder can visit Laos and stay there for up to 30 days throughout the entire validity period of the visa.
Important: The traveler’s passport cannot expire for at least 6 months from the intended date of arrival in Laos. Moreover, the electronic visa automatically becomes invalid if any passport details change, the document is lost, or it expires.
Who needs an eVisa to Laos
If you cannot enjoy visa-free travel to Laos, you do need to obtain a proper visa prior to the planned trip. Luckily, there are over a hundred countries whose citizens are eligible for an eVisa for Laos. Consult the list below to check whether you can apply for a Laotian visa online.
List of eligible countries
Below, you will find the complete list of eTA-eligible countries. Should your nationality is not listed below, it means that you cannot apply for an eTA to Canada.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- East Timor
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Hong Kong (SAR)
- Korea, North (DPR)
- Korea, South
- Macau (SAR)
- Macedonia (North)
- Marshall Islands
- Myanmar (Burma)
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Russian Federation
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
If your nationality is mentioned on the above list, it means that you can apply for a Laos visa online. If not, please contact the nearest Laotian embassy and obtain a visa in a traditional way.
Laotian ports accepting eVisa
Entering Laos with eVisa is possible through one of the following entry ports:
- Wattay International Airport (Vientiane Capital)
- Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I (Vientiane Capital)
- Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II (Savanakhet Province)
- Pakse International Airport (Champasack Province)
- Luang Prabang International Airport (Luang Prabang Province)
Important! When planning your trip to Laos, make sure you will be using one of the abovelisted entry points. Otherwise, you may encounter some issues entering Laos or even be denied entry to the country.
Also, please bear in mind that at the selected entry port, you will need to present your valid passport which will be then stamped and the officials will take your fingerprints.
For the purpose of transit through Laos, one also needs to obtain a visa. Since there is no separate electronic visa covering transit purposes, you should obtain a Laos single-entry tourist electronic visa.
Remember to apply for a Laos eVisa at least 3 business days prior to your planned transit stop in Laos.
When will I receive my eVisa to Laos?
As soon as the Laotian Government approves your eVisa application, you will receive its confirmation via email. Double-check all the information provided before submitting your online form so that you will avoid the need to make any corrections that could extend your waiting time.
Do I need to print a Laos eVisa?
Yes. Laos eVisa receipt will be delivered to your email address once approved. Download the PDF file and print it out. Take a copy of your eVisa for your trip to Laos and have it ready to show when crossing the Laotian border.
What if my eVisa to Laos is not approved?
Should your Laos eVisa be rejected, most likely you have made some mistakes in your personal or travel details. Do not hesitate to contact our consultants as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
How long can I stay in Laos with an eVisa?
A holder of a Laotian eVisa is entitled to a 30-day stay in Laos. The visa is granted as a one-entry permit remaining effective for 60 days from the issue date. Please note that you can use your Laos eVisa only for tourism-related activities, including family reunions, vacations, sightseeing, etc.
What is the validity of the Laos eVisa?
Laos eVisa remains effective for 2 months (60 days) from the issue date. The applicant’s passport must stay valid for a min. of 6 months from the intended date of entry to Laos. Should the applicant’s passport expires or its data change, the electronic visa becomes invalid.
Do children need an eVisa for Laos?
An eVisa for Laos must be obtained by every traveler planning to enter Laos no matter their age. Underage travelers cannot apply on their own so it is their parent or legal guardian who is responsible for the submission of a visa application on time.
What must I have to apply for an eVisa Laos?
There are only two documents that Laotian eVisa applicants must prepare during the online application, i.e., a valid passport and a face photo. Take your face picture using a PC or photo camera. Don’t worry about the picture size, our applicants will adjust the received files to the governmental requirements.
What is the processing time for an eVisa Laos?
Applicants who submitted the application form without any mistake can expect to receive the approved eVisa delivered to their email inbox within a few days. Please bear in mind that the processing time is at the total discretion of the Laotian government.