What to bring?
Travelers should remember to pack sunglasses, mosquito repellent, sport or closed-toed shoes, and an umbrella if visiting during the rainy season and also remember to discuss with your doctor any medications you might need for your visit.
Not only is a passport essential, but you also need to make sure that it’s valid at least 6 months beyond the end of your trip Lao immigration will not issue a visa if you have less than 6 months’ validity left on your passport.
It’s also important to make sure that there is plenty of space (at least 1 for visa stamp) left in your passport. Lao Visa alone takes up one page.
Losing passport is not the end of the world, but it is a serious inconvenience. To expedite the issuing of new passport, keep a photocopy of your passport details somewhere separate from your passport.
All visitors entering Laos must possess valid passports. Visa can obtained from Lao Embassies and Consulates abroad. In addition, visa can also be obtained on arrival at the international Checkpoint.
Visas are available in advance of arrival at Lao embassies. This can be done in several ways through a tour company recognized by the Lao PDR from Lao Embassies or Consulate in countries.
For those wishing to extend their stay, it is possible to extend your visa at the Immigration Office in Vientiane, through travel agencies. It is also possible to obtain a Visa-on-Arrival at the following international checkpoints.
Vaccination is not required for entry into Laos, but Eurasie Travel suggests you check with doctor as some countries recommend their citizens be inoculated before embarking on an oversea adventure.
Even if you are fit and healthy, don’t travel without health insurance – accidents do happen. Declare any existing medical conditions you have – the insurance company will check if your problem is pre-existing and will not cover you if it is undeclared. You may require extra cover for adventure activities such as rock climbing. If your health insurance doesn’t cover you for medical expenses abroad, consider getting extra insurance – check lonelyplanet.com for more information.
The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering Southeast Asia. If you are travelling to Southeast Asia from Africa or South America you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.