Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Thailand to the west and southwest.
Traveling to this country filled with beautiful waterfalls and stunning landscapes has become easier for citizens of more than 150 countries with the introduction of the eVisa in July 2019. This new online process, the Laos Approval Letter, has allowed for a faster and more straightforward visa application process. Being entirely online, it eliminates the necessity of going in person to an embassy and standing in long queues.
Apart from this new eVisa, citizens planning to travel to Laos can also apply for a visa on arrival or for the Tourist Embassy Visa. They type of visa available for each traveler depends on the country of issue of their passport.
Laos eVisa for Israeli Citizens
Israeli citizens are among the 150+ countries that can now apply for an Online Visa for Laos. The online process is available for Israeli citizens already from July 2019, when the eVisa was introduced.
The Laos eVisa or Approval Letter is a single-entry visa that allows Israeli citizens to stay in the country for up to 30 days. Nevertheless, the Approval Letter is valid for 60 days from the date of issue.
With an eVisa, Israeli citizens can enter Laos through these five 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)
Citizens should note that the eVisa doesn’t allow for stays longer than 30 days. If they are planning a longer stay in Laos, Israeli citizens will need to apply for a traditional tourist visa at a Laos embassy or consulate.
It is also important to note that the eVisa only allows citizens to travel to Laos for tourism purposes. Citizens that are looking to work or invest in Laos will need to request a Laotian business visa at an embassy or consulate. There are several types of business visas available, depending on the type of employment and project travelers will engage in.
Apply Online for the eVisa to Laos from Israel
Applying online for the eVisa from Israel is a fast and straightforward process. Applicants will need to submit a Laotian online application form, provide required documents and pay the visa fee. The Laos eVisa is generally issued within three days from the date of the online application.
To avoid inconveniences and delays, travelers are invited to submit their eVisa application at least 7 days prior to departure. They should also make sure that all the provided information is accurate, to avoid inconveniences such as delays in obtaining the visa or visa rejection.
There are several benefits in applying online for the Laos eVisa:
- It is available 24/7 all year round
- The application will be revised by visa experts before submission to the Government of Laos
- Privacy and data protection are ensured
- Payment methods are secure
- Photo and document editing will be provided by visa experts
- Email support and assistance is available in multiple languages
- Approved Insurance Policy: applicants can get a full refund if the visa is denied
How Citizens of Israel Apply for the eVisa to Laos?
The following are the steps that citizens of Israel need to complete during their online visa application:
- Provide personal details: full name, address, date of birth
- Provide passport details: passport number, date and country of issue, expiry date
- Submit the required documents
- Enter payment details: credit or debit card details
- Provide a valid email address
Applicants will then receive a confirmation email with a link where they can check the status of their Approval Letter application or submit additional documents.
Laos eVisa Requirements for Israeli Citizens
The eVisa requirements for Laos may vary based on the nationality of the traveler. The requirements for Israeli passport holders are the following:
- A valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of arrival in Laos
- A recent passport-style color photo, taken within the last six months
- A valid email address
- A credit or debit card
For the online payment, there are several payment methods available, including Visa, Mastercard, Amex, JCB, Maestro, Discover, Diners Club, and Unionpay.
Additional documents may be required but these can also be provided at a later stage by accessing the online application through the link provided in the confirmation email.
Required Israel Documents to Travel to Laos
Travelers should ensure they have all the necessary documents during their trip to Laos. Upon entry into the country, Israeli citizens will be required to provide the following documents:
- Their passport valid for at least 6 months
- A printed copy of the Laos Approval Letter
Israeli citizens possessing more than one passport should make sure they use the same one for the online application and during their trip.