Vietnam visa for Lao

Are Vietnam Visas Required for Citizens of Laos?

No, Laotian citizens do not need a visa for stays in Vietnam of up to 30 days. A Vietnam visa becomes necessary only if Laotian passport holders plan to extend their stay beyond 30 consecutive days.

Type of Visa
Up to 30 days
Over 30 days
Tourist visa
Not required
Required
Business visa
Not required
Required

To enter Vietnam, whether under visa exemption or not, Laotian citizens must meet the following entry requirements:

  • A Laotian passport valid for at least 6 months following the arrival date in Vietnam.
  • A Laotian passport with a minimum of 2 blank pages.

How to Obtain a Vietnam Visa for Laotian Citizens:

There are currently two methods for Laotian citizens to obtain a tourist/business Vietnam visa:

  1. Apply for Embassy Visa:
    • Contact the Vietnam embassy/consulate in Laos (if in Laos) or in the residence country (if outside Laos).
    • The required documents, visa fees, and processing time may vary depending on the embassy and visa type.
  2. Apply Online for Visa on Arrival (VOA) – Recommended:
    • VOA is the recommended method for Laotian citizens traveling to Vietnam by air.
    • It is applied online without submitting documents.
    • Particularly suitable for those:
      • Living far from the embassy/consular office of Vietnam.
      • Concerned about passport safety when sent to the embassy or having a business plan involving the passport that cannot be left in any office for specific days.
      • Needing urgent visa processing within a few working hours or during weekends.

Visa on Arrival (VOA) Process:

  1. Fill out the secure online application form and make the service fee payment.
  2. Receive the visa approval letter by email in 2 working days (for tourist visa) or 7 working days (for business visa), along with the Vietnamese application form (also serving as the Entry and Exit Form).
  3. Get the visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport.

Vietnam Visa Online Fees for Laotian Citizens:

  • VOA fees for citizens of Laos range from US$25 for visa stamping at Vietnam airport PLUS (+) service fee for the visa approval letter.
  • The total cost of the visa on arrival for Vietnam can be checked in the table below.

+ Tourist visa:

Type of Visa
1 pax
2 pax
3+ pax
Stamping fee
1 month single entry
$21
$18.25
$17.25
$25
3 months single entry
$34
$30.25
$28.25
$25
1 month multiple entry
$26
$23.25
$22.25
$50
3 months multiple entry
$55
$52.25
$46.75
$50

(Service Fee is quoted in US $/pax)

The above fees apply to normal service with 2 working days of processing. Additional fees for expedited processing are as follows:

  • US $10/pax for 1 working day processing.
  • US $25/pax for 4 working hours processing.
  • US $50/pax for 2 working hours processing.

+ Business visa:

Type of visa
1 pax
2 pax
3+ pax
Stamping fee
1 month single entry
$119
$114
$108
$25
3 months single entry
$140
$133
$126
$25
1 month multiple entry
$119
$114
$108
$50
3 months multiple entry
$146
$139
$135
$50
6 months multiple entry
$361
$344
$333
$95

Service Fee is quoted in US $/pax

The above fees apply to normal service of 7 working days processing. You need to pay extra:

  • US $30/pax for 3 working days processing;
  • US $50/pax for 2 working days processing.