Written by David Allan
Following Thailand and more recently Myanmar, Laos plans to make its visa application process easier with a brand new eVisa service is a welcome move for tourists planning a trip to landlocked Laos. According to a report published in the Vientiane Times, eVisa will start in June. You will be able to apply for a visa-on-arrival at airport checkpoints and at major land border checkpoints such as the one at Nong Khai in Northeast Thailand.
All international visitors to Laos will be eligible to apply online for a single entry visa with a planned maximum stay of 30 days and travellers who want to stay longer, or make multiple trips to neighbouring countries and return to Laos to extend their holiday will still need to apply for a multiple entry visa at the nearest Lao PDR embassy or consulate. It would make
Queues to get the Visa on Arrival can be long and it can be slow so skipping this line would make for a more pleasant arrival into Laos.
The 30-day visa-on-arrival is the standard option for most
For the few nationalities not on the VoA list they need to apply for a 30-day tourist visas at the nearest Lao PDR embassy, which takes around three working days.
Laos needs to make visiting the country more convenient especially at land checkpoints where
Laos welcomed 4.1 million visitors in 2018 shot of the 5 million