Laos Launches Official E-Visa Sevice

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Laos Launches Official E-Visa Sevice

Foreign tourists planning to visit Laos now can apply for a visa online prior to arrival: Laos has recenty launched long-awaited electronic tourist visa (eVisa) service.

Applications can be submitted online through the official website laoevisa.gov.la.

The service started functioning in its trial version. It allows to apply for 30 days tourists e-visas only. The whole process takes up to three working days. At the initial stage e-visas will be accepted at two international entry points – Wattay International Airport serving Vientiane and at Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge 1 that connects the Thai province of Nong Khai with Vientiane.

To obtain an e-visa, it is necessary:
To fill in the online application form and upload the documents required for tourists visa.
To pay the visa fee online. The following methods of payment are accepted: VISA, MasterCard, JCB and UnionPay.
After e-visa application is approved, the applicant is informed via email provided during registration. The e-visa Approval Letter should be downloaded to be later produced at the border.

Laos hopes introduction of e-visas will facilitate entry for tourists and attract more travellers to the country. The target set for this year is 4.5 million tourists – a 8.2 percent increase compared to 2018's results when 4.1 million foreign travellers entered the country.

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