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Laos Visa Application Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. What is a Laos Visa?
- 2. What is the difference between a passport and a Laos visa?
- 3. Do I need a visa for Laos?
- 4. What is the difference between a Laos tourist and Laos business visa?
- 5. How long does it take to obtain a Laos visa?
- 6. How long is a Laos visa valid?
What is a Laos Visa?
A Laos visa is a stamp or endorsement placed by officials of Laos on a passport that allows the bearer to visit Laos. Visas are obtained from the Embassy or consulates of Laos for your visit. "Visit" is further defined as the reason for entry, usually business, tourist or transitory. There are over 270 countries that offer visas and literally thousands of different types of visas available based upon country, type of visit, and length of visit.
What is the difference between a passport and a Laos visa?
A passport is an official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship. The passport serves two purposes; to regain entry to the country of citizenship (i.e. the United States) and is a requirement by many countries to gain entry to the country you are visiting.
A Laos visa is an official government document that temporarily authorizes you to be in the country. Many countries require a visa to gain entry. The Laos visa is in the form of a stamp/sticker IN the passport and is obtained from a Laos Embassy in Washington DC or consulates around the country. We have staff spread around the country to hand carry your application for you and then overnight the passport back when it is completed.
Who needs a Laos visa?
All US Citizens require a visa and a US passport to travel to Laos, whether for business or tourism. MOST foreign nationals require a visa. We can help you to obtain a visa as well as a US passport.
Laos visas are issued according to the purpose of the trip; choose the visa that best describes your trip :
Activities which require a Laos Tourist Visa
Tourism trip; visits to relatives
and/or friends; scientists,
professors or researchers attending
cultural, technological or
scientific conferences, seminars or
meetings (services provided must not
be paid by
reimbursement for expenses or per
diem allowances); unpaid
participation in athletic or
performing arts events or
Tourist visa holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Laos.
Activities which require a Laos Business Visa
Business trips, except when the trip involves the provision of technical assistance services of any nature.
How long does it take to obtain a Laos visa?
Typically, a visa takes anywhere from 2 days to 15 days to process in the Laos Embassy/Consulate depending on the consulate that we need to send the application to and whether you choose to "rush" your Laos visa.