Visa and Immigration Procedures to Laos
All visitors must have a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months, a return ticket and a visa in order to enter Laos. The government issues 30-day tourist visas on arrival at all international airports and most international border crossings. You can also obtain your visa in advance from embassies.
Things/Items Allowed into Laos
Laos customs regulations allow you to bring in to 500 individual cigarettes, one liter of distilled alcohol and other personal items such as toiletries and clothing.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Laos
• Illegal Drugs
• Weapons, Explosives, and Ammunition
• Chemicals and Fertilizers
• Fuel Oil
• Plant and Plant Products
• Knives and Weapons
• Live Animals
Things/Items Forbidden into Laos
•Religious Materials and Statues of Buddha
•Weapons, Firearms, and Ammunition
• Pornographic Material
Laos Travel FAQs
Why is Laos called the kingdom of the elephants?
Laos is called the kingdom of the elephants because It was named “Lan Xang” by the King Fa Ngum. This is because the capital of Laos was previously Luang Prabang, which was surrounded by large grazing pastures with wild herds of elephants living there. Sadly, the elephant population in Laos is dwindling.
What kind of dress do people wear in Laos?
According to the traditions of Laos, women dress up in skirts, scarves, and blouses as "mothers of the nation" while the men traditionally wear pants and a shirt. Laos women typically wear their hair in a coil when they are attending major ceremonies, while men will sometimes add a shawl and knee-length white socks. The different ethnic groups found in Laos have their own unique styles of dress. Laos people are very passionate about their culture, and this is one of the major reasons why Laos is popular among tourists.
Is Laos the best place for travelers?
Laos provides a pleasant change of pace for travelers who are used to larger countries like Thailand or Vietnam. Laos is a small Southeast Asian country with stunning scenery, from limestone mountains to dense forests and spectacular waterfalls. Laos is a great place for adventuresome travelers of cheap Airticket airlines or those who don’t mind roughing it because the air ticket is so cheap. Laos celebrates many annual festivals called "Boun" in the Laos language that are enjoyable and embodies traditional aspects of the Laos lifestyle. Most festivals of Laos are connected with religion and the yearly rice farming cycle.
What are major locations in Laos that one must visit?
There are many popular destinations in Laos such as Patuxai, which is famous for its memorial monument and architecture. Mount Phousi is known for its waterfall. Vat Phou is an important historical site and has beautiful temples. The Laos National Museum is well known for its exhibits on the culture of Laos. These few places are the most popular attractions, but there are many other locations in Laos.
Laos - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights toVientiane Airport・Pu Dong Airport(Shanghai, China) ・Kuala lampur International Airport (Malaysia)
Airports handling direct flights toPakse Airport・Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok) ・Goa International Airport (Goa)
Airports handling direct flights toLuang Namtha Airport・Hong Kong International Airport (Hong Kong) ・Yangon International Airport (Myanmar)
Airports handling direct flights toOudomxay Airport・Chiang Mai (Thailand)
Flight Routes to Laos
There are four international airports in Laos. The most affordable air tickets to Laos are from Dera Ghazi Airport in Pakistan to Vientiane Airport in Laos, and Amritsar Raja Sansi Airport to Luang Prabang Airport in Laos.