Laos is a country situated in Southeast Asia, at the heart of the Indochinese Peninsula. The country shares borders with Myanmar, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. With lush forests, mountains, and waterfalls, Laos has a lot to offer when it comes to tourism. And in fact, the country has seen impressive growth in tourism over the past years.
Travelers from most countries in the world will need to possess a visa to travel to Laos. Only a few countries have agreements that allow their citizens to travel to Laos without a visa and stay in the country for up to 30 days: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
In July 2019 the Lao Government introduced an online visa, the Laos Approval Letter, that allows citizens of over 150 countries globally to travel to Laos for tourism for a period of maximum of 30 days. This new process is meant to streamline the immigration process for visiting citizens, eliminating the necessity of going in person to an embassy or consulate to apply for a tourist visa.
Additionally, citizens of eligible countries can also request a visa on arrival, which can be more time consuming since the application takes place upon entry into the country. There are 22 entry ports that allow citizens of Australia, Canada, the United States, and European Union member countries to obtain a visa on arrival.
Laos eVisa for Finnish Citizens
Finnish citizens, like most Europeans, are eligible to apply for a Laos eVisa. The online process is extremely simple and fast, allowing travelers to easily fill out an application form and submit their request, entirely online. The visas are usually processed within three days from the date of the online application, although travelers are encouraged to submit their online application at least one week prior to their trip to ensure there is enough time for processing the request and submitting any additional documents that might be required.
The eVisa for Laos has a validity of 60 days from the date of issue, although only allows a single entry into the country for a maximum of 30 days. Finnish citizens that are planning on staying more than 30 days in Laos will need to go in person at an embassy and consulate and apply for a traditional tourist visa.
Steps to Apply for a Laos Online Visa from Finland
Applying for a Laos online visa from Finland will only take a few minutes and can be done from anywhere in the world as long as travelers have a stable internet connection.
Here are the steps to apply for the Laos eVisa:
- Fill out the application form including:
- Personal details: full name, gender, country of citizenship, date and country of birth, address
- Passport details: number, country of issue, date of issue and of expiry
- Answer some basic security questions
- Submit a passport-size color photo
- Provide a valid email address
- Complete the online payment by credit or debit card
Applicants will receive a confirmation email containing a link that allows them to check the status of their application and add any additional documents.
If Citizens of Finland Submitted the Information Incorrectly, Can it be Modified?
Applicants are invited to make sure all the information provided is accurate, to avoid any delays in processing the eVisa. Personal details must be provided at the moment of the application and cannot be modified. The same applies for passport details provided in the application form that must match the information on the passport. Travelers can, however, access their application at a later stage and submit additional documents that might be required.
Incorrect information may lead to a rejection of the visa, so travelers should bear this in mind when filling out the application form.
Passport Specifications and Travel Documents Required to Travel to Laos from Finland
The eVisa allows Finnish citizens to enter Laos through one of these five entry ports:
- Wattay International Airport (Vientiane Capital)
- Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I (Vientiane Capital)
- Luang Prabang International Airport (Luang Prabang Province)
- Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II (Savanakhet Province)
- Pakse International Airport (Champasack Province)
Upon entry into the country, travelers must provide the following:
- Their passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival
- A printed copy of the Laos Approval Letter
Laos eVisa Quick Facts for Finnish Citizens
- Finnish citizens are encouraged to apply for an eVisa online to avoid queues at the entry points
- A visa on arrival is available for Finnish citizens. Travelers can download the application form and fill it out prior to their trip, or they can get a form upon arrival
- Visa on arrival is available in 22 entry ports to Laos but travelers should expect long queues at the entry port
- The eVisa is only available for tourism purposes. If they plan on conducting work in Laos, travelers should apply for a business visa at an embassy or consulate
The news section on the Laos visa provides additional travel information.