Laos Visa

Laos Visa, Embassy, Holidays and Shopping

VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in Laos

A visa for a trip to Laos can be obtained at the country’s embassy in the Russian Federation or upon arrival when crossing the border. Visa processing on arrival takes 20 – 30 minutes. The visa issued in this case is a single entry visa and is valid for 2 weeks, but it can be extended for another 15 days in Vientiane at the immigration office. The following documents are required for registration:

– a passport valid for at least 6 months from the end of the trip;

– 2 photos 3 by 4;

– a completed application form, which is issued upon arrival.

The following documents must be submitted to the Embassy:

– a passport valid for at least 6 months from the end of the trip;

– 2 completed questionnaires;

– 2 photos 3 by 4.

Visa processing time at the airport is 20 – 30 minutes. To obtain a visa, you need a questionnaire issued at the airport, one passport-size photograph and a passport valid for at least 6 months from the end of the trip.

Children under 16 years of age fit into the parents’ visa.

Import and export of foreign currency is not limited. Any amount over $2,000 in cash or traveler’s checks must be presented to customs officials at the border and declared. Import and export of the national currency is prohibited. Duty-free import of 200 cigarettes, 2 liters of alcoholic beverages, 200 g of medicines, household items and items within personal needs is allowed. The import of weapons, explosives, poisonous and flammable substances, as well as narcotic drugs and means for their preparation is prohibited. The export of art and antiquities that are national treasures, images of the Buddha, weapons, explosives, poisonous and flammable substances, as well as narcotic drugs and means for their production is prohibited.

Laos, Embassy website: http://www.laoembassy.ru/

Embassy in Laos

Laos, embassy in Moscow
121069, Malaya Nikitskaya street, 18

Tel. 203-14-54, 290-25-60,

203-01-58 Fax 290-42-46 en/

Laos, Embassy of Russia in the country:
Thaphalanxay quarter, km 4, Thadeua St., Vientiane, BP 490, Laos

Phone (8-10-856-21) 31-22-19, 31-22-22

Fax (8-10- 856-21) 31-221-0

Communication in Laos

Most hotels have telephones from which you can make international calls. In all cities, you can call from the post office, and in the capital and several other large cities – from Telecom offices. Payphones are not widely used. There are Internet cafes in major tourist centers.

To call from Russia to Laos, dial 8 – 10 – 856 – area code – phone number.

To call from Laos to Russia, you need to dial 00 – 7 – area code – phone number.

Emergency Phones in Laos

Fire Department – 190

Police – 191

Ambulance – 195

HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1 – New Year

January 20 – Army Day

February – Buddhist holidays and festivals

March 8 – International Women’s Day

from April 13 to 16 – New Year (lunar)

May 1 – Workers’ Day

August 15 – Constitution Day

August 23 – Day Victory

October 14 – Vientiane Water Festival

December 2 – Nation Day.

USEFUL THINGS
Like in most countries in Southeast Asia, in Laos there are some general rules that must be followed. Try to do everything like the Laotians and remember: don’t touch or pat people on the head, don’t get mad at people, and don’t wear too revealing clothes.

SHOPS
According to ehuzhou, shops are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 16:00. Private shops are open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 21:00.

Tipping
In Laos, tipping is not common, but a small reward to the staff will only improve the quality of service.

NATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Of all the Asian peoples who profess Buddhism and for whom hospitality and goodwill are essential character traits, these two qualities are manifested with the greatest strength in the Laotians. The inhabitants of this country treat everything calmly, affably and with a smile.

ELECTRICITY
230V, 50Hz;

HEALTH
No vaccinations are officially required to travel to Laos. However, the whole of Laos, with the exception of Vientiane and Luang Prabang, is an area with an increased risk of malaria, so it is advisable to take measures to prevent this disease before traveling to remote areas during the wet season. Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations are also recommended.

Health care in the country is developed at a very low level, in some areas it simply does not exist. There are pharmacies in big cities. All treatment is paid in cash. In serious cases, assistance is provided in Thailand. It is recommended to take out medical insurance before the trip.

Laos Visa