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Important Passport Information

Payment Methods & Details

The Consular Section accepts payment in U.S. dollars and Lao Kip or by credit card. Unfortunately, we cannot accept personal check. The fees, listed below, are in U.S. dollars. Fees in Lao Kip are calculated using the official exchange rate at the Embassy. This rate is periodically recalculated to reflect the actual exchange rate between the dollar and the Kip.

  • Adult Passport Renewal: $130
  • Minor Passport (under 16 years old): $135
  • First Adult Passport:   $165
  • Replacement for Lost/Stolen Passport: $165
  • Notarial (per notarial seal):  $50
  • Consular Reports of Birth Abroad: $100
  • Administrative Processing of Formal Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship $2,350

Appointments & Locations

The consular section issues full and limited validity U.S passports. Since December 31, 2015, extra visa pages can no longer be added to U.S. passports.

In Laos, all persons, including minors, seeking a U.S passport must appear in person at the Embassy to apply. All passport applications require appointments, with the exception of emergency passport applications.

Allow three to five weeks for processing new U.S passports. Passports must be collected at the consular section by the applicant or authorized representative. An appointment is not necessary to pick up your passport.


American Citizen Services Address
American Citizen Services
Ban Somvang Thai , Thadeua Road, Km 9, Hatsayfong district, Vientiane
Tel: (856) 21-48-7000
Email: Conslao@state.gov 

What to Know About Your Appointment

Day of Appointment Instructions:

Please arrive only at your listed appointment time – do not arrive early.  Customers who arrive more than 15 minutes after their appointment time may be asked to reschedule. Follow the directions of the U.S. Embassy guards.

  • Have your Passport and/or government-issued ID ready and easily accessible.
  • Ensure you have all necessary forms/documents completed and ready to present at check-in.
  • If you arrive more than 15 minutes before or after your appointment you may not be permitted to enter.

Lao Visa or Entry

Laos requires that American Citizens entering the country must have at least six months validity remaining in their passports. Please plan your travel accordingly by ensuring that your passport has at least six months validity and at least two completely blank “Visa” pages remaining before traveling to Laos. Lao visa or Entry stamps will not be placed on the “Endorsements” pages. Americans may obtain a tourist visa to Laos on arrival at all international airports and friendship bridges, and most land border crossings. For further information on visas to Laos please contact your nearest Lao Embassy or please go to The State Department website.

When traveling, please remember to carry a photocopy of your passport separately from your passport. In the event of loss or theft, the copy will helps facilitates issuance of a replacement passport.

Reasonable Accommodation

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
  • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
  • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
  • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.

If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.

  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.