Obtaining a Lao visa on arrival is the most convenient, cheapest, and time-saving way to get a Lao visa. Great for those who are tight on time, resources, energy, and Lao embassies/consulates are too far to reach.
As a matter of fact, another type of visas such as business and official visas can be picked up on arrival as well, provided that you have arranged everything ahead of time and you have a letter of approval (or an entry visa number) from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Laos. The visa obtained on arrival is usually a tourist visa, the holder of this visa can stay in Laos for up to 30 days tourist visa on arrival at all international airports and most international border crossings., and are prohibited from getting employment in Laos.
The whole process is very straightforward. You need between US$30 and US$42 in cash, one passport-sized photo and the name of a hotel or guesthouse.
Those without a photo, or who are arriving on a weekend, holiday or after office hours, will have to pay an additional one or two dollars.
The visa fee varies depending on the passport of origin, with Canadians having to fork out the most (US$42) and most other nationalities paying between US$30 and US$35.
It’s cheaper to pay in US dollars as a flat rate of around US$45 is applicable in Thai baht. No other foreign currencies are accepted.
Where to get Laos visa on arrival
Thailand-Laos Border checkpoints
China-Laos Mohan – Botene, Yunnan to Luang Namtha Province.
If you are unprepared like many of us (cannot provide the photo) there will be an extra fee (few dollars) for scanning your photograph from your passport and placing it onto your visa application form.
Note: Please note that LAOS VISA ON ARRIVAL AND ENTRY BORDER could be changed suddenly so for the accurate information please do not hesitate to contact us