Vientiane, Laos

We had considered border hopping into Thailand and back again into Laos to get a new free 30 day visa, but we had heard that the authorities were starting to crack down on this. Alternatively it is possible to pay a fee at the border if you overstay, but this is $10 per day. Instead, you can pay $2 per day if you apply before the expiry date of your visa.

If you are in Vientiane, your Laos Visa extension can be done at the Immigration Office behind the Joint Development Bank (JDB) on Lane Xang Avenue, opposite the Morning Market. The office is open Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-4:00pm (closed 12:00 to 13:00 at lunchtime). The office is closed for applications on Friday afternoon.


  • Your passport
  • One passport type photo
  • Service fee of US$3
  • Application fee of 3,000 kip per person
  • Visa extension fee : $2 per day if you have valid visa, $10 per day if your visa is already expired (overstayed days)