February 24, 2015 Leave a Comment
Except for citizens of ASEAN member countries, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, and Russia (with valid ordinary passports) are exempted from Lao visa for 15-30 days, other citizens are required to obtain Laos visa to enter the country. The question which seems easy but hard to say is where we should get the visa? Each one has its own strengths, so let’s see what your best choice is.
1. Visa at the embassy: If you plan to visit Laos, and want to make sure everything settled down before your departure, you should consider this type which the Lao visa stamped on your passport before heading out. The essential factor is you live near a Lao embassy or consulate or at least easy and convenient to reach them. It might take 3-5 working days for visa processing after you submit the needed documents.
It is recommended you further check with the embassy the possibility of your case before you proceed to avoid frustration and time wasting.
2. Visa on arrival: It is definitely the solution for those who are tight on time, health, and live far from Lao embassies/consulates is getting visa on arrival.
A visa on arrival is usually for tourist purpose, stay within 30 days with a single entry and must be used within 2 months from the date of issue.
The type of visa is available at Lao international airports and landing border crossing point with Thailand, Viet Nam, and Cambodia.
After you arrive the Lao border/airport, just following below simple procedure to get the visa on arrival:
Step 1: Get visa application form from visa on arrival booth, and fill all required information.
Step 2: Present the fulfilled form, together with photos and visa fee to the official and wait until be called.
Kindly be noticed that, if you come after 4:00PM on working days, on weekends or Lao public holiday, you have to pay over-time fees. All the fees are best paid in US dollars. Paying in other currencies will cost you more.
Step 3: Receive your passport back from the official when you’re called.
Normally, you also get the the immigration stamp as soon as you take the passport back, therefore, no need to stand in line again at the immigration windows. However, it is a good practice to carefully check passports to make sure everything is in order before leaving.
Overall, wherever you choose how to apply Lao visa, consider your conditions and it is better to check if you’re eligible.