While not one of the richest countries, Laos exceeds the expectations of tourists, with views and activities that the world's most visited tourist destinations would wish to have - and affordable prices.
Attractions such as the enchanting city of Luang Prabang (and its mecca, Vang Vieng) continue to grow in popularity, but most of the country still has the charm of an undiscovered place that attracts many people eager to discover parts of the less-explored Asia. With its natural beauty, impeccably preserved culture and its air of mystery, Laos is a dream destination for those keen on adventure.
If you intend to travel to Laos, it is good to know that getting a visa is now easier than ever, thanks to the Online Visa platform that started issuing the Laos e-Visa starting from July 2019. So, there is no need to worry about how to get an e-Visa to Laos quickly and easily; simply go to the online visa platform and apply.
This online application for getting a visa for Laos has been implemented by the Lao government, with the purpose to facilitate the otherwise more complicated process to get a visa and boost the country’s tourism. Applying for an e-Visa is simple and you no longer have to go to embassies or consulates, unless you have special requirements.
The Laos e-Visa was launched as a pilot project and it is currently applicable for travellers entering the country through 7 ports of entry: Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I, II and IV, Boten International Checkpoint, as well as Luang Prabang, Pakse and Wattay International Airports. Once the service will be fine-tuned, it is expected to be extended for land border checkpoints as well.
Important things you need to know when applying for an e-Visa to Laos
- The maximum stay for tourists in Laos is 30 days (for staying longer, you must consult the Lao Embassy or Consulate). Your e-visa is valid for one visit and for 60 days from the approval date.
- It is advisable to submit your visa application at least one week before the date when you intend to arrive in Laos, for reasons related to processing time.
- You can pay with VISA, JCB, MasterCard or UnionPay.
- Your passport must be valid six months from your arrival in Laos and have at least two blank pages.
The Laos e-Visa online application is really simple it only takes a few minutes to complete personal information, passport data as well as some travel information. You must be able to provide a copy of the biographical page of your passport, upload a recent passport-style photograph of yours, pay the Laos e-Visa fee with a valid card and provide your email, because you will receive your approval notification by email. You must also fill the intended date of entry to Laos, as well as details of your accommodation where you will be staying.
When you get your approval, make sure to print a copy (you will have to present it to the border authorities to enter the country, alongside your passport and proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay).