Passports: Passport with at least six months remaining validity is required for all foreigners.
Visas: Required for all foreigners as well as a return ticket.
Validity: Validity starts from the day of entry into Laos. Tourist/Business: 30 days (can be extended twice in Vientiane for 30 days). Visas must be used within three months of being issued.
Types of Visa and Cost: Tourist, Business: €50 (including service and document fees). Families may be charged only €50 per family if all live at the same address and same surname is indicated on passports.
Applications to: Consulate (or consular section at embassy) or an officially recognised tour operator. A visa valid for Laos can also be obtained from travel agencies in Bangkok (Thailand) or on arrival (at most points of entry, but it is recommended that one is obtained before arrival). Visas are issued on arrival at 14 international checkpoints throughout Laos, including Luang Prabang Airport, Pakse Airport and (Wattay) Vientiane International Airport for stays of 30 days and costs USD$35.
Working Days Required: Three
The following goods may be imported into Laos without incurring customs duty:
• 500 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g of tobacco,
• One bottle of alcoholic beverage and two bottles of wine,
• Personal jewelry up to 500g.
The export of antiques such as Buddha images and other artifacts is prohibited. Any antique items purchased outside the country must be declared to customs on arrival.