How to get Vietnam visa in Laos

There are multiple ways for Laos citizens and residents to obtain a Vietnam Visa: apply online for a pre-approved visa letter, or to obtain the visa directly at Vietnamese embassy or consulate in Laos.

This how to guide is for:

  • Holders of Laos Passports
  • Holders of Foreign passports currently residing in Laos

There are two options for travellers to apply for a visa to Vietnam from Laos:

1 - Visa at local Embassy

Location Address
Luang Prabang 417-418 That Boset Village, Luang Prabang, Laos
Pakse No.21 Rd, Pakxé, Laos (Opposite to Sabaidy 2 hotel)
Savannakhet 418, Sisavangvong Khanthabury , Savannakhet, Laos
Vang Vieng The nearest embassy is in Vientiane (137km, 3hr bus)
Vientiane No 85, 23 Singha Road, Ban Phonxay, Saysettha District, Vientiane, Laos

To apply for a Vietnam visa at the embassy of Vietnam in Laos, you will need to:

  • Submit a print-out of your completed visa application and supporting documents.
  • Submit original passport which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date.
  • Pay the visa fees: Money order/check, or cash in case you apply at the embassy in person.
  • Have 02 passport-sized photos taken with no glass wears.

2 - Visa on arrival from Laos

Visa on arrival is available for those who fly from Laos to Vietnam, below are the three simple steps:

  • Apply online using our secure form
  • Receive the pre-approved visa letter in 3-5 working days.
  • Print the documents, prepare entry/exit form and the stamping fee in cash, board the plane to Vietnam and pick up the visa stamp upon arrival at Vietnam airport. That it is!

For detailed information about visa on arrival, please click here!

Frequently asked questions

3 month multiple entry visa in Vientiane

Question: My name is Marijn and currently im traveling in Laos. My plan is to go to Vietnam in a few days because I have booked a return flight to Kathmandu from Hanoi. I Will be staying in Nepal for three weeks and then return to Hanoi. This means that I will need to arrange a three month visa with multiple entry. I Will be arriving to Vietnam by bus which means I can't get a visa on arrival. So I have to go to the embassy in Vientiane to get my visa. Because i don't have the time to wait a couple of days for my visa I am kind of worried. The fact is that I need my visa to be ready and accepted on the same day because I will be arriving and leaving in Vientiane on the same Day. So is it possible for me to get my three month multiple entry visa within the same Day?

Answer: It is easy to obtain a 3 month multiple entry visa in Vientiane, Laos. Some reported that they were able to obtain the 3 month visa same day for $80 USD/each.

Visa for Vietnam and re enter via Laos


We are travelling as a family of 4 to Vietnam in April 2020. We arrive HCMC on 2/4/20 and leave via Hanoi to Luang Prabang on 10/4/20. We then fly back to Hanoi on 15/4/20 just to get flight home to UK, so we don’t actually leave the airport. My question is what Visas will we need? Will the 15 day tourist visa be enough or do we need a separate visa to enter Laos and then another to re-enter Vietnam, even though we are just staying in the airport? (Victoria Adams)


Hi Adam,

  • 1 - You stay for only 6 days on your first entry to Vietnam, you do not need visa for this period.
  • 2 - You fly back to Vietnam to catch the flight back home and will not leave the airport, then you do not need a visa for this entry as well.

Therefore, you do not need a visa for your whole trip to Vietnam.

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