How to get Laos visa on arrival

You can easily get Laos visa on arrival in most border crossings and all Lao International airports.

Here are simple steps to help you get Laos visa on arrival.

1. Filling up Application form for arrival visa. You can get the form on your arrival or if you want to save waiting time then you can download the form and fill it before your arrival time, to download the Lao Application form for arrival visa click picture below.

2. You need 2 passport size photos.
3. Valid passport.
4. You need to pay fee of about USD 20-45 (Remark: the fee is varied, depending on your nationality)

There are 4 Airports in Laos that you can obtain Lao visa on arrival.

1.    Wattay International Airport in Vientiane Capital.
2.    Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang Province.
3.    Pakse International Airport in Pakse.
4.    Savannakhet International Airport in Savannakhet Province.

Border check points
China - Laos
1. Mohan(China) – Boten (Luang Namtha Province)
2. Mohan(Yunnan, China) – Botene(Luang Namtha Province)
3. Xiangkok riverport on Mekong River in Luang Namtha Province ,no visa on arrival

Thailand - Laos
1. Xiangkong (Thailand)- Houaixay (Bokeo Province)
2. Nongkhai (Thailand) - Friendship Bridge (Vientiane Capital, Laos)
3. Thailand - Xayabouly Province (Nam Heuang Friendship Bridge)
4. Nakhon Phanom (Thailand)- Thakhaek (Khammouane Province)
5. Moukdahan(Thailand)- Friendship Bridge II (Savannakhet Province)
6. Chong Mek (Thailand)- Vang Tao (Champasak Province)
7. Chiangkhong (Chiang Rai, Thailand) – Houixay (Bokeo Province, Laos)
8. Nakaxeng(Loei, Thailand) – Kaenthao(Sayabouly Province, Laos)
9. Bungkan (Thailand)- Pakxan(Bolikhamxay Province, Laos) no visa on arrival.
10. Nakorn Phanom(Nakorn Phanom, Thailand) – Thakhaek(Khammouane Province, Laos)
11. Chongmek (Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand)- Vangtao( Champasack Province, Laos)

Vietnam - Laos
1. Nam Kanh (Vietnam) - Nong Haet (Xieng Khouang Province)
2. Cau Treo (Vietnam) - Nam Phao (Bolikhamxay)
3. Lao Bao(Vietnam) - Dene Savanh (Savannakhet Province)
4. Taichang (Laichau, Vietnam)- Sobhoun( Phongsaly Province, Laos) no visa on arrival
5. Nameo(Thanh Hoa, Vietnam) – Banleui(Huaphanh Province, Laos)
6. Namkan (NgeAn, Vietnam)- Namkan (Xieng Khouang Province, Laos)
7. Napao (Quangbinh, Vietnam) – Chalo (Khammouane Province, Laos) no visa on arrival
8. Laobao(Quang tri, Vietnam) – Dansavanh (Savannakhet Province, Laos)

Cambodia - Laos
1. Dong Calor(Cambodia) - Veun Kham (Champasak Province, Laos)

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  1. Hi can we enquire how to get from from Denesavanh (Xavanakhet to Veunkham)

  2. Hi,

    Visa on arrival is available at Cambodia-Laos overland crossing. It has been available since early 2010.

  3. For Business travel and need urgent visa, how to do?

  4. Do I need a visa to enter Thailand...I am Albanian...I'll gratefully appreciate an answer...

  5. hello there - i am also albanian and yes we do need visas to enter Thailand.. i am though trying to figure out if we need visas to enter Laos or we could get it on the border. thank you

  6. you can get visa to Laos in Major entry points. have a passport photo ready. for Europeans, it should be around $30 US

  7. Hi, I am a Sri Lankan Citizen and we have no Lao Embassy or consular office in our country. Please advise me whether visa on arrival is available at Cam-Lao border.I hope to visit Laos entering by land from Cambodia during my next trip.

  8. Yes, visa on arrival is available at Cambodai-Laos border, however, I think Sri Lankan citizen are not entitle to getting the Lao visa on arrival. I'm not sure if I can post a link here, but anyway here is the info

  9. Lao visa on arrival is different from Vietnam visa on arrival. With Vietnam visa on arrival, one need to get a visa approval letter before departure while that to Lao does not require any thing before departure :)

    1. We saw another difference is that Lao visa on arrival supports all while Vietnam visa on arrival supports those traveling to Vietnam by air only.

  10. Among its heavily traveled neighbors, A Laos tours seems extremely exotic to explore thanks to Laos tourism attractions, from isolated beaches to wildlife-filled forests. When planning your holiday in Laos, one of the most important thing you should do in advance is to get a Laos tourist visa.