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Visa requirements eased until December 2024

Travellers from certain countries can take advantage of relaxed visa requirements when visiting Laos between 1 July to 31 December 2024.

The Lao government has introduced visa-free entry for passport holders of Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Greece. The visa-free scheme permits single entry for stays of up to 15 days.

Tourists from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland can now obtain multiple entry visas from the Lao embassy or consulate in their home country.

Visitors from those same countries who obtain a single entry visa online (e-visa) or at a land border crossing can stay for an extended period of up to 60 days.

Tourists from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, are also exempt from obtaining tourist visas if travelling on a group tour. The packaged tour should not exceed 15 days and must be led by a registered tour company in Laos, such as Asian Trails.

Chinese nationals may also obtain a 10-day border pass when visiting Laos. This is particularly useful for those travelling on the new Laos-China railway. Under this policy, travellers must exit Laos at their point of entry and must travel with a registered tour company in Laos.

These relaxed visa rules are aimed at boosting tourism numbers to the South-East Asian country during the remaining half of 2024. For more details and expert travel advice, contact Asian Trails Laos

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