If you find your visa is about to expire and you wish to stay longer
in Laos, don’t worry, it is possible to get all types of Laos
visa (except for a Transit Visa), extended at the immigration office
in Vientiane. It costs US$2 per day if you apply before the expiry
date. However, if you leave it until your visa expires you will be
fined for US$10 per day for the days you over stayed.
How many times or how long you can get your visa extended for depends
on the type of visa you have. View Laos
Visa page for more info »
|Department of Immigration
Here are options you can get your Laos visa extended.
Do it yourself:
- If you are in Vientiane, your Laos Visa extension can be done
at the Immigration Office behind the Joint Development
Bank (JDB) on Lane Xang Avenue, opposite the Morning Market (see map below). The
office is open Monday to Friday, from 8:00-16:00 (closed 12:00 to
13:00 at lunchtime). The office is close for applications on Friday
Location of Immigration Office in Vientiane
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- Your passport
- One passport type photo
- Service fee of US$3
- Application fee of 2,000 kip (US$0.25) per person
- Visa extension fee: $2 per day (normal) or
US$10 per day (for overstayed days)
Lao expatriates age 65 years and over are exempted
from Laos visa extension fee.
The process is straight forward, just fill out the application
form then submit together with your passport and pay fees. In normal
circumstances your visa is usually ready the same day.
If you only plan to stay for a few more days this option could
work out best.
Note: If for some reasons you can't
make an effort getting to the immigration office to get your visa
extended but want to stay a few more days, then you might as well
just stay as long as you prepare to pay the fine (US$10 per day).
This fine will be collected on your departure.
However, be advised that this might
not be a good idea if you plan to exit Laos at border check points
other than Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane, and main airports
as you might risk being taken advantage of by some not-so honest
officials when it comes to paying the fine.
Exit the country and enter again (Visa Run).
This is most suitable option for holders of a tourist visa who wish
to stay for more than a few more days.
If you are in Vientiane or Savannakhet or other provinces close
to international border crossing points,
you can cross the border to one of the neighbor countries then return
and get a Lao visa on arrival at the checkpoint.
If you are in Vientiane it is very easy, you can take a public bus
(around 5,000 kip) to the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge. Complete the
immigration procedures on the Lao side; then take the shuttle bus
(4,000 kip or 15 baht) to the Thai immigration point and enter Thailand.
If you want to come straight back into Laos you simply have to cross
the road to the Thai immigration to exit the country. Once again,
get the shuttle bus and then arrive at the Lao side, where you can
apply for a Laos Visa on Arrival.
• Your passport must have at least 6 months of remaining validity
and a blank page for a visa stamp and don’t forget to take
enough cash (US dollars) for the visa fee (see
visa fee list) and two passport sized photos.
• This option can work out cheaper than $2 per day if you
plan to stay for more than 20 more days.
Do it through a Travel Agent or a Specialist Provider:
- Get a travel agent or specialist provider to do your
Laos Visa Extension for you.
Most travel agents can arrange a Laos Visa Extension for you with
small overhead fee. This varies between providers, so shop around
for the best deal.
This option is better for those holding visas other than tourist
visas, because it involves more paper work and it's more complicated
and would take you more time and money if you did it yourself.
I would also recommend this option to holders of tourist visas who
plan to travel in provinces other than Vientiane Capital where there
are no immigration offices and the visa run (exit the country and
enter again) option is not possible.