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Arriving in Laos

Arriving in Laos

  There are three international airports in Laos namely Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, one in Luang Prabang and the other in Pakse. 

Arriving in Laos

By Air

There are three international airports in Laos namely Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, one in Luang Prabang and the other in Pakse. Wattay International Airport serves flights from Bangkok in Thailand, Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Kunming in China. Meanwhile, the international airport in Luang Prabang serves Bangkok, Hanoi and Siem Reap. Pakse International Airport has flights to Bangkok, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.


The Taxi rates from airport to city vary depending on the distance from airport to center of city. 



Airport to city (km)

Taxi rate (US$)

Airport to Luang Prabang town



Airport to Wattay



Airport to Pakse



Airport tax and Customs Declaration
Arrival: When you land at the airport, you should head straight for the passport control desks inside the terminal building. If you need to apply for a visa-on-arrival, please head to the signed desk, submit your application form (which you can download prior to travel), your passport, two passport photos and US$20 – US$45 depending on your nationality (USA, UK and European nationals are charged US$35 while people from Canada are charged US$42. Swedes pay US$31 and Australians can purchase the visa for US$30.) This must be paid in US dollars or Thai baht. The visa is valid for 30 days. The application will only take a few minutes then you should go through passport control before claiming your baggage and heading out into the arrivals hall. Here you will find an ATM and a currency exchange booth which may or may not be open depending on the time of your arrival.

Customs: The official declaration forms must be filled in and presented with your luggage to customs officers on arrival. According to the custom regulation, the travelers excluding a crew member or a traveler below the age of 16, shall be allowed to import free of import duties and taxes the following goods, in addition to necessary wearing apparel and personal effects including personal jewelry: 1 liter of sprits and 2 liters of wine, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, 1/4 liter of toilet water and 50 grams of perfume, one used camera or video camera with 10 rolls of film, one used cine-camera, one used audio-cassette recorder, one used radio receiver, used articles for sport and a camping tent with accessories, one used perambulator.  The commercial goods and items of high value being taken out of Laos require export permits from the customs service. The export of local currency is forbidden. The travellers can take with them unlimited amounts of souvenirs bought with receipts to show proof of purchase. The prohibited items are antiques, non-prescribed drugs, firearms, pornography.

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