Obtaining a visa for Laos has become much easier since the creation of the Laos eVisa, also known as the Laos e-visa Approval Letter.
This visa is an online travel authorization for over 150 eligible countries to enter the southeastern Asian country, a list that includes Croatia.
Laos eVisa Application for Croatian Nationals
Croatian nationals who wish to visit Laos need to apply for an electronic visa or approval letter in order to enter the country legally.
However, before applying Croatians need to gather the following Laos eVisa requirements:
- Croatian valid passport (6 months validity)
- Copy of the cover and biographical page on passport
- Debit or credit card with sufficient funds to pay the application fee
- A valid email address where the Laos eVisa will be sent
- Recent passport-like photograph
The picture used by Croatians should meet all the photo ID requirements before submitting it.
When filling out the eVisa application form for Laos, the personal details section will request the following personal information about the applicant:
- Full name (first and last names)
- Date, city and country of birth
- Marital status
- Phone number
The Croatian passport details required are:
- Passport number
- Passport date of issue
- Date of expiry
All the data introduced by Croatians in the Laos e-visa application form should be correct, truthful, and reviewed before submitting it.
The processing period for approval is 1-3 business days. Once the Laos e-Visa approval letter is sent via email, it has a validity period of 60 days starting from the date issued.
Health-related information for Croatians traveling to Laos
When traveling from Croatia, it is important to keep in mind the necessary vaccinations for Laos, especially considering this is a tropical country.
It is advisable to visit a doctor a few months prior to traveling and receive the proper vaccinations needed to avoid any of the illnesses still active in Laos.
The vaccinations required are:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Yellow fever
Along with the right vaccinations, some tips when traveling to Laos are drinking bottled water, take precautions when eating, use mosquito repellent often and mosquito nets, and prevent contact with wild animals.
Laos Visa Types for Croatians
The Laos e-visa or Laos approval letter is an electronic tourist visa, that allows Croatian visitors to stay for a period of 30 days in the country.
The visa holder should take into consideration that this tourist visa is a single-entry visa. If Croatian passport holders want to reenter the country they will need to start a new application process.
The Laos eVisa was created with the intention of avoiding long queues at airports. However, currently, travelers of Croatia can still enter Laos by applying for a Laos visa on arrival at the airport.
This type of visa (VoA) takes longer to be approved and the person requesting it will have to wait for their approval at the airport. Croatians choosing this option will also need to meet a few requirements when requesting the visa:
- 6-month validity on their passports
- 2 passport-type photos
- Completed application form
- Pay the application fee in cash
- Confirmation of booking accommodation
In the case of Croatians who intend to enter Laos for business matters, they are required to apply for a Laos Business visa at a consulate or Laos embassy.
Traveling from Croatia to Laos: Ports of Entry
In 2019, Laos received 4.58 million international visitors, who entered the country using different designated airports, land, and seaports.
In this sense, before traveling from Croatia to Laos it is important for Croatian nationals with an approved Laos eVisa to know that there are 3 airports in Laos that will accept the eVisa:
- Wattay International Airport
- Luang Prabang International airport
- Pakse International Airport
There are also land and water border crossings to Laos territory from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, and Myanmar frontiers that allow Croatians to enter once all their requirements are accepted.
Before choosing to enter through a land or sea border crossing, Croatian travelers should consider important local dates, as some extra charges can be applied during weekends and holidays.