Laos finally launches e-visa

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Laos Finally Launches E-visa

Laos launched its tourist e-visa service on July 11, a move aimed at increasing tourism arrival numbers and make the visa process more convenient for visitors.

The official website for the e-visa application is https://laoevisa.gov.la. At this point, the visa will be applicable only for travelers entering the country through Wattay International Airport in Vientiane or the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge at the border with Thailand’s Nong Khai province. The visa is valid for a single visit.

The process is almost identical to the highly successful e-visa service launched by Myanmar in 2016. Travelers can file for a 30-day tourist visa online with pre-payment using a credit card, which is non-refundable. They will need to upload a copy of their passport bio page and a recent portrait photo. The passport must be valid for at least 180 days.

It takes around three days to receive the approval notification email, although officials said the objective is to deal with applications as quickly as possible and that the waiting period may in practice be reduced to a day excluding weekends and public holidays. Payment can be made with VISA, MasterCard, JCB and UnionPay.

Visa applicants receive a QR code approval by email that they need to print out to present to immigration officials at the checkpoints. Digital versions of the approval notification are not accepted.  

The exact fee is not mentioned on the e-visa website’s information page. However, fees for a visa processed in the traditional manner at a consulate vary according to nationality with Canadians paying the highest fee at $42, while other nationalities pay between $30 and $35.

It is understood that once the service has been fine-tuned it will be extended for travelers flying to Luang Prabang and eventually for land border checkpoints.

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Laos launched its tourist e-visa service on July 11, a move aimed at increasing tourism arrival numbers and make the visa process more convenient for visitors. The official website for the e-visa application is https://laoevisa.gov.la. At this point, the visa will be applicable only for travelers entering the country through Wattay International Airport in Vientiane or the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge at the border with Thailand’s Nong Khai province. The visa is valid for a single visit. The process is almost identical to the highly successful e-visa service launched by Myanmar in 2016. Travelers can file for a 30-day tourist visa...

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Laos Finally Launches E-visa

Laos launched its tourist e-visa service on July 11, a move aimed at increasing tourism arrival numbers and make the visa process more convenient for visitors.

The official website for the e-visa application is https://laoevisa.gov.la. At this point, the visa will be applicable only for travelers entering the country through Wattay International Airport in Vientiane or the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge at the border with Thailand’s Nong Khai province. The visa is valid for a single visit.

The process is almost identical to the highly successful e-visa service launched by Myanmar in 2016. Travelers can file for a 30-day tourist visa online with pre-payment using a credit card, which is non-refundable. They will need to upload a copy of their passport bio page and a recent portrait photo. The passport must be valid for at least 180 days.

It takes around three days to receive the approval notification email, although officials said the objective is to deal with applications as quickly as possible and that the waiting period may in practice be reduced to a day excluding weekends and public holidays. Payment can be made with VISA, MasterCard, JCB and UnionPay.

Visa applicants receive a QR code approval by email that they need to print out to present to immigration officials at the checkpoints. Digital versions of the approval notification are not accepted.  

The exact fee is not mentioned on the e-visa website’s information page. However, fees for a visa processed in the traditional manner at a consulate vary according to nationality with Canadians paying the highest fee at $42, while other nationalities pay between $30 and $35.

It is understood that once the service has been fine-tuned it will be extended for travelers flying to Luang Prabang and eventually for land border checkpoints.

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