Applying for Tourist Visa to Laos
ASEAN member countries and a few other countries (namely Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Luxembourg and Switzerland) that have entered into mutual agreements with Laos are exempted from visa application. All other nationalities are required to apply for a tourist visa through means below:
- Visa-on-arrival (Between 30-42 USD depending on your nationality)
- Apply for E-Visa through https://www.visalaos.com/ (Starting from 50 USD)
- Apply for a Laos visa at an embassy or consulate.
There are three international Airports, namely Luang Prabang Airport, Pakse International Airport and Wattay Airport in Vientiane; these airports represent the main gateways to Laos. At present, Laos has direct air connections to regional countries (Such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Korea). New route from Fukuoka, Japan will begin by end of 2019.
Border Check Points by Land and River
• Phongsaly Province (Lan Tuy, Yod Ou) - China (Meuang Kham).
• Luang Namtha Province (Boten) - China (Mohan)
• Xiangkok riverport on Mekong River in Luang Namtha Province
• Bokeo Province (Ban Meuang Mom) - Myanmar (Vang Pong)
• Bokeo Province (Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge IV) - Thaniland (Chiang Khong)
• Bokeo Province (Golden Triangles) - Thailand (Golden Triangles)
• Sayabouly Province (Kaenthao) - Thailand (Nakaxeng - Loei)
• Sayabouly Province (Phakeo) - Thailand (Phoudou)
• Sayabouly Province (Nam Ngeun) - Thailand (Houay Konl, Nan)
• Vientiane Capital (Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I ) - Thailand (Nong Khai)
• Vientiane Capital (Thanaleng, Hadxayfong ) - Thailand (Nong Khai)
• Bolikhomxay Province (Paksan) - Thailand (Beungkarn)
• Khammouane Province (Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge III) - Thailand (Nakhon Phanom)
• Savannakhet Province (Lao-Thai Friendship bridge II) - Thailand (Mukdahan
• Champasak Province (Vang Tao) - Thailand (Songmek)
• Phongsaly Province (Pang Hok) - Vietnam (Taichang Laichau)
• Houaphanh Province (Nam Souy) - Vietnam (Nameo)
• Xeng Khouang (Nonghaet) - Vietnam (Namkanh)
• Bolikhomxay Province (Nam Phao) - Vietnam (Cau Treo)
• Khammouane Province (Na Phao) - Vietnam (Cha Lo)
• Savannakhet Province (Daene Savanh) - Vietnam (Lao Bao)
• Salavan Province (Lalai) - Vietnam (Lalai)
• Attapeu Province (Phou Keua) - Vietnam (Kontoum)
• Champasak Province (Veunkham) - Cambodia (Dong kralor/Nong Nok Khian)
By Rail (One Belt One Road Initiative)
Currently, there is only one railway line that runs two daily shuttle services across the Mekong River, linking Thanaleng station in Vientiane to Nong Khai station in Thailand and finally ending in Bangkok.
The completion of the Lao-China High Speed rail is on schedule to complete by end of 2021 and the journey from Mohan, Yunnan province to Vientiane will take only three hours by train instead of 16 hours by car. Laos is expected to benefit tremendously as the land link of Thailand and China. A boost in tourism is expected with the improved accessibility to Laos, coupled with a more affordable mode of travel and reduced travelling time. The railway will have stations in key cities such as Udomxai, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane.