Vietnam visa for Laos citizens

Visa requirements

Type of visa Requirements Maximum stay
Tourist visa Visa not required 30 days
E-visa Not Eligible N/A

How to apply

Visitors from Laos can choose one of the three available methods below to get a visa for Vietnam.

  • Visa on arrival
  • Visa at embassy

Embassy and Consulate of Vietnam in Laos

City Address
Savannakhet Santyphap Road, Group 38, Phonxavangtay Vilage, Kaysonephomvihan City, Savannakhet Province, Lao P.D.R
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Pakse No 31 Phabat, Paksé, Champasak, Laos
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Luang Prabang No. 15/Ii, Watthat Village, Phothixalat Road, Luangprabang Town, Luangprabang Province, Laos.
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Vientiane No 85, 23 Singha Road, Ban Phonxay, Saysettha District, Vientiane Capital
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Vietnam visa fees for LA residents

Visa types Standard processing (5-7 working days) Urgent processing (2 working days)
1 Month Multiple Entry (Tourism) 1,263,204 LAK 2,076,499 LAK
3 Month Multiple Entry (Tourism) 1,263,204 LAK 2,076,499 LAK
3 Month Single Entry (Tourism) 830,600 LAK 1,643,895 LAK
1 Month Single Entry (Tourism) 830,600 LAK 1,643,895 LAK

Standard Processing time: e-Visa will be processed by 18:30 July 01, 2024 (Local Luang Prabang time).

Today's holidays in Laos

  • There are no national holidays being observed in the Laos today (Thursday, June 20, 2024).
  • The upcoming public holiday is National Day, which will occur in 5 months, 2 weeks from now.

Holidays are calculated using the local time in Vientiane.

Information for LA passports traveling to Vietnam

Do Laotian passport holders need a visa for Vietnam?

Tourists are experiencing a basket boat tour at the coconut water forest in Hoi An ( Photo: Shutterstock)

If you are a citizen of Laos, you do not need to obtain a visa to enter Vietnam for stays up to 30 days. However, If you plan to stay in Vietnam for more than 30 days, you will need to obtain a visa.

How to apply for a Vietnamese visa in Laos

Lao citizens who plan to stay in Vietnam for more than 30 days and expatriates and foreign travelers in Laos have a few options to obtain a visa for Vietnam. These include:

  • Applying for a visa at the Embassy of Vietnam in Laos.
  • Obtaining a visa on arrival.
  • Applying for an e-visa.

Visa at the Vietnam Embassy in Laos

  • To obtain a Vietnam visa at the Embassy in Laos, you will need to submit the required documents to the embassy in the country namely a completed application form, passport photos, and the appropriate visa fee.
  • After your application is processed, you can collect your visa either in person or by mail.

Apply for e-visa online

  • Lao passport holders are eligible for a Vietnam e-visa which can be obtained through the official website of the Vietnam Immigration Department at https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/.
  • You must upload a scanned copy of your passport, a passport-sized photo, and pay the visa fee (25 USD ~ 426948 LAK) through the website.

Apply for a visa on arrival

Visa on arrival is provided if you approach Vietnam by air. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Apply for a visa approval letter through a reputable Vietnamese travel agency or visa processing company. 
  2. Receive the visa approval letter via email and print it out.
  3. Complete the entry and exit form (which can be obtained on the plane or at the airport), provide two passport-sized photos, and pay the visa stamping fee

How much is the visa fee for Laotian passports?

Fee comparison 

E-visa 

Visa on arrival

25 USD ~ 426948 LAK

  • Approval letter fee: depending on types of visa and stay durations
  • Stamping fee:
    • Single entry: 25 USD ~ 426948 LAK
    • Multiple entry: 50 USD ~ 853896 LAK

Travel tips for Laotian citizens visiting Vietnam

How to get there

By land

Laotian residents and foreigners (having a Vietnam visa) can enter Vietnam by crossing the border checkpoints between the two countries. There are several land border crossings:

  • Nam Can border crossing connects Nghe An province (Vietnam) and Houaphanh province (Laos).
  • Cau Treo border crossing connects Ha Tinh province (Vietnam) and Bolikhamxay province (Laos).
  • Lao Bao border crossing connects Quang Tri province (Vietnam) and Savannakhet province (Laos).

By air

Flights between Laos and Vietnam often connect Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and Pakse (Laos) with Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang (Vietnam). You can choose flights provided by Vietnam Airlines, Lao Airlines, Vietjet Air, Laos Skyway, and AirAsia.

Vientiane - Hanoi

Route

Airlines 

Estimated prices (per person/ one way)

Vientiane - Hanoi 

Vietnam Airlines

2399913 LAK

Vientiane - Hanoi

Thai AirAsia

2109015 LAK

Luang Prabang - Ho Chi Minh City

Route

Airlines 

Estimated prices (per person/ one way)

Luang Prabang - Ho Chi Minh City

Thai AirAsia

2254464 LAK

Pakse - Ho Chi Minh City 

Route

Airlines

Estimated prices (per person/ one way)

Pakse - Ho Chi Minh City 

Lao Airlines

1963565 LAK

Weather information

Vietnam and Laos are neighboring countries in Southeast Asia; thus, having similar climates and weather.

  • Climate: Vietnam has a tropical climate with high humidity. Laos also has a tropical climate, but a bit drier than Vietnam. 
  • Weather: Vietnam experiences two distinct seasons: the rainy season (May to October) and the dry season (November to April). Meanwhile, there are three distinct seasons in Laos: the hot season (March to May), the rainy season (June to October), and the cool season (November to February). 
  • Temperature: The temperatures in Vietnam vary depending on the season and location. In the north, the temperature can drop to around 15°C in winter (December to February) and reach up to 35°C in the summer (June to August). In the south, the temperature is usually warmer, ranging from 25°C to 35°C throughout the year. On the other hand, the temperatures in Laos are higher than in Vietnam, with the average temperature ranging from 28°C to 35°C in the hot season and dropping to around 15°C in the cool season.
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Frequently asked questions

1. Do Vietnamese passport holders residing in Laos need a visa to enter Vietnam?

You do not need a visa to access Vietnam as long as your passport is valid.

2. Do I need to have a transit visa to transit through Vietnam?

Laotian nationals are exempt from a Vietnam visa for 30 days so you do not need a visa to transit through the country.

3. How much does it cost for an e-visa to Vietnam?

The fee for an e-visa to Vietnam is 25 USD ~ 426948 LAK

4. What is the validity of the Vietnam visa exemption program for Laotian citizens?

You have a maximum of 30 days to enter Vietnam without a visa.

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