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Laos, 15 days or 30 days

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1. Posted by Salthaug (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

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We're going from China to Laos, and i understand you get the visa at the border. In my Lonelyplanet Southeast Asia it says you get 15 days. But then a friend of mine said they were gonna change it to 30 days.. Does anyone know?? Thanks!

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 9y

When I entered Laos at the Chiang Kong/ Huay Xai border crossing in March this year I only had the option to get a 30 days visa. So, I suppose they have changed the rules, unless they have different ones from where you enter Laos.

3. Posted by prendy98 (Full Member 78 posts) 9y


A passport and visa are required. Visas are issued upon arrival in Laos to foreign tourists and business persons at most border crossings.

You will need two passport size photographs and $30 at Wattay Airport, Vientiane; Friendship Bridge,
Vientiane; and Luang Prabang Airport. Visas on Arrival are not available at the Chong Mek border crossing.

Foreign tourists are generally admitted to Laos for 15 days with a visa on arrival or for 30 days with a visa issued at a Lao
embassy. The Department of Immigration in Vientiane will only extend tourist visas for one day. It is sometimes possible
to get an extension for an additional 15 days by submitting an application through a tour agency. Foreigners who
overstay in Laos risk arrest, and they will be fined $5 for each day upon departure.

Foreign tourists planning on entering Laos at any international checkpoint where Visas on Arrival are not available must
obtain a visa in advance. Check with your nearest Lao Embassy as these are subject to change at short notice.

4. Posted by gandk (Full Member 100 posts) 9y

i went to laos in novemebr and got a 30day visa i think its pretty much standard these days to get 30 days not 15 but ask when you arrive. you need 30 days loas is awsome

5. Posted by Salthaug (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Just crossed from China yesterday. 35 $ for 30 days.

6. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

I read online that you can only enter laos once in a 3 month period. is this the case? any sneaky ways around it?

7. Posted by meeg (Budding Member 44 posts) 9y

has anyone gotten a 30-day visa crossing from Thailand?

8. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

yeah, i did crossing from chang khong to huay xai.