The creation of the Laos eVisa by the Laos government has granted 150 countries the possibility to apply on an online platform avoiding unwanted and expensive trips to embassies and consulates.
Portugal is one of the eligible countries that can benefit from the new online process. This means Portuguese travelers can apply from anywhere in the world, by using any device with a working internet connection.
Laos Visa Types for Portuguese Passport Holders
Laos has many types of visas to offer, the Laos eVisa or Approval Letter being the most solicited document for foreign travelers to enter Laos. This eVisa is a tourist permit that allows visitors to stay for up to 30 days inside the country.
The Laos visa on arrival is another type of visa granted by Laos but the process is not as smooth and fast as applying online, and the Portuguese visitor might find long queues and waiting periods at airports and border crossings. It is also required to have a series of necessary documents for its approval. This visa allows a stay for 30 days.
Both the Laos eVisa and Laos visa upon arrival are a single-entry visa. If visitors of Portugal wish to revisit the country, they will need to start a new online application or request a visa once they arrived. Those who wish to extend their stay and apply for a Laos visa renewal or extension following the same process of applying for a new visa.
Other visas that Portuguese visitors can apply for will require to visit a consulate or embassy such as a Laos Business visa, which is granted to those who want to visit for investment purposes or to work inside of Laos.
Laos visas have a period of 60-day validity and they are approved in 1 to 3 business days.
Laos eVisa Requirements for Portuguese Nationals
Portuguese nationals are required to follow a list of Laos eVisa entry requirements when applying for a Laos tourist visa or Approval Letter.
The most important document Portuguese requesters will need is a valid Portuguese passport, which must have at least 6-month validity from the date they enter Laos.
Other needed documentation from Portuguese nationals is the following:
- Copy of the cover and biographical information on the passport
- A digital, passport-type photograph of the Portuguese applicant
The digital photograph has a few guidelines that need to be followed:
- Size: the picture should not exceed 2MB and have a size of 40mm x 60mm
- The photograph must be recent, not older than 6 months
- The requester’s face and shoulders should be 70% of the space on the photograph
- White or light-colored background
- No hats, sunglasses, or scarfs
Although the photograph can be taken with a digital camera, it is advisable that citizens of Portugal take it at a professional studio to avoid it being sent back.
Note that Laos eVisa applications for minors under the age of 18 should be completed by a parent or adult.
Laos Approval Letter Application from Portugal
Portuguese citizens who desire to visit the country can apply to the Laos visa by completing the Laos eVisa application form, which includes important questions regarding personal information and passport details about the applicant.
The application form consists of a series of personal questions about the applicants and their passport details.
Some of the questions that can be found in the application form are:
- First and last names
- Date of birth
- Address and phone number
- E-mail address
- Health conditions
- Criminal record
- Passport number
- Passport date of issue and date of expiry
Once the application has been completed, Portuguese applicants will need to fill in debit or credit card information to pay the processing fee.
The document will be sent to the Portuguese traveler’s email address provided on the application form in PDF format.
Once received, the approval letter must be printed out and carried with the Portuguese visitor when entering Laos.
Laos allowed ports of entry for Portugal
When visiting Laos, Portuguese visitors with a Laos eVisa should keep in mind the ports of entry available for them, 3 international airports in Laos allow entry with the Laos Approval Letter or eVisa.
Those airports are:
- Wattay International Airport
- Luang Prabang International Airport
- Pakse International Airport
There are also two sea border checkpoints that allow those that hold a Laos eVisa to enter the nation: the Lao-Thai friendship bridge I, and the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II.
There are other Laos entry points by land and sea that connect borders with Myanmar, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, many of which grant visas upon arrival. However, it is advisable for visitors of Portugal to enter Laos with an approval letter instead of a visa on arrival since the electronic format will grant faster and smooth access to the country.