How to Get Laos Tourist Visit Visa from London

Laos is a country that has no coastline and is surrounded by Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, China and Myanmar. The destination is not popular among British tourists but manages to attract some adventurers from Britain and other places from around the world. The strange, unique and mystifying culture should satiate the thirst of culture vultures. It holds 2 UNESCO world heritage sites, Prabang and Wat Phu. Tourists from London can also enjoy the Buddhist customs, colonial architecture the ancient temples by visiting hill tribes, caves and waterfalls. If the rich and unique culture of Laos catches your fancy then go though the step by step guide on how to get a tourist visa for Laos. It is a good idea to get your tourist visa in order before you head out.


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    British Citizens

    British Citizens do need a visa to enter Laos. However, a 30 day visa it can be obtained on arrival from all points of entry except overland entry from Cambodia. A minimum of 6-month valid passport is a must to get a visa. You can download on arrival visa form by clicking here.

    Other citizens

    Citizens of following country also don't require visa to enter Laos:

    Korea, Russia, Japan, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and VietNam

    Citizens of all other countries should contact the Laos embassy in Paris France, the nearest embassy from UK to the visa requirements.

    Embassy of Laos in Paris, France

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    Visa Requirements

    The applicant must have a guarantor in Laos. Other documents required can be found from the Laos Embassy in Paris, France. Some generic documents that might be required are mentioned below

    a) A valid passport
    b) Proof of Funds to finance your stay
    c) Proof of accommodation, Airline tickets or itinerary
    d) Completely filled and signed application form
    e) 2 passport sized photographs

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    Submission of Visa Application

    You have to visit the embassy of Laos in Paris, France to apply for a visa to Laos from the French Embassy in London.

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    Visa Processing time and fees

    Visa processing time

    The visa processing time can be confirmed from the Laos embassy in Paris, France. However visa on arrival will be issued to you at the spot.


    The visa fee can be found from the Laos embassy in Paris, France. However, The visa-on-arrival costs approximately GBP 22.1.

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    Collection of Visa

    You should visit the Laos embassy in Paris, France for the collection of your passport after visa processing is done.

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    Final Checklist of things to take along

    You should take special attention to check following things while packing your bags to Laos .

    a) All documents mentioned in step 2

    b) A valid credit card or cash, because there is a withdraw limit of approx. 65GBP worth of currency from international ATMs

    c) Complete information about your accommodation

    d) Maps of different cities and areas in Laos

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    Tips and Precautions for tourists before visiting Laos

    The following precautions are suggested for a safe visit to Laos.

    a) Visit your physician to take vaccines or immunizations against hepatitis A, typhoid, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis and rabies.

    b) Passport must be carried all the time (while traveling into the country).

    c) You are not allowed to work on a tourist visa.

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