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