Obtaining a visa for Laos will become much easier as of June 2019 because the Government of Laos will be launching an online platform that allows travelers from eligible countries to obtain a Laos eVisa authorization online.
British citizens will be among the list of eligible citizens who will be able to use their computer or mobile device to access the online platform. They will then be able to fill out the form and upload any necessary documents in order to get a Laos visa online.
The Laos eVisa for Citizens from Britain is a form of visa which makes it possible for British citizens to apply for a visa to visit Laos without needing to make an appointment at a Laos diplomatic mission in the UK.
Although the majority of Laos visa applications are processed almost automatically, British citizens are advised to apply at least 4 days in advance of their travel date to enable sufficient processing time and to avoid any problems if is necessary to supply additional information.
Is a Laos eVisa Required for British Citizens?
Yes, British citizens require a visa before they can enter Laos. Just like other European countries, Britain is one of the eligible countries that can apply for a Laos visa online through the eVisa platform.
For traveling from UK to Laos, there are three options available to ensure you arrive with the correct travel authorization.
- The first, most traditional, and possibly, the slowest option is to obtain a Laos visa from a Laos consulate or embassy in the UK
- The second option is to apply quickly and easily for an online Laos visa from Britain
- And finally, British citizens can obtain a Laos visa on arrival
The eVisa for Laos for British citizens permits travelers to remain in Laos for a total of 30 consecutive days for tourism purposes. The online visa aims to make the process of applying for the correct travel authorization easier and to facilitate the daily functioning of arrival ports in Laos, by improving security measures through the pre-screening of travelers’ backgrounds via their application forms.
Laos Visa Online Requirements for British Citizens
It should be noted that only travelers with an eligible passport, such as a passport granted by British authorities, will be considered for the Laos eVisa because part of the application form requires applicants to introduce their valid and current passport details.
In order to acquire a Laos eVisa for British citizens, the main eVisa requirements for Laos are as follows:
- British passport with 2 blank pages (where the Laos visa will be attached) with at least 6 months of validity beyond the date of arrival in Laos
- 2 x Passport-sized photographs
- A current email address where the approved Laos eVisa will be sent
- A valid credit or debit card to pay the visa fee through the online secure payment system
To obtain a visa on arrival or traditional embassy visa, British citizens may be required to provide more documentation, wait in long lines, either at the embassy or airport upon arrival, pay extra fees in cash, and they must also ensure to have the appropriate application form downloaded and completed when applying in person.
The eVisa makes the process much simpler and faster in order to speed up not only the application process itself but also the time spent upon arrival going through customs and immigration.
How to Apply for a Laos eVisa from UK
To apply for a Laos eVisa, British citizens need to fill out the eVisa application online in advance of travel. This is why the online e-visa simplifies the whole process of entering Laos because you don’t have to join queues to obtain your visa, either in an embassy or at the port of entry.
When filling out the online Laos visa application, travelers are required to answer a series of simple questions, designed by Laos authorities to ensure the security of travelers, regarding topics such as health, previous travel, and criminal background.
The online application form is a straightforward one that requires the traveler to provide his/her personal information including:
- Full name
- As well as the data from their travel documentation such as passport number and expiry date.
Once the form is complete and any additional documentation has been added, the traveler will need to pay the Laos visa fee online via credit/debit card in order to submit their application and within a day, or on rare occasions a few days later, receive their approved Laos eVisa from UK via email.