Suspension of Embassy Consular Services
To comply with the new lockdown order, starting on September 20, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane will suspend all routine U.S. citizen services, except for emergencies. The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane will provide notification on this website once we resume consular services.
If you are an American citizen and require emergency assistance, please contact us by phone at +856 (0)21 487 000 or via email at CONSLao@state.gov.
In response to the COVID-19 situation, the U.S. Embassy is only able to admit individuals who have scheduled appointments. Individuals who cannot schedule an appointment online but think they have qualifying reasons for an expedited appointment request, should contact us at CONSLAO@state.gov. Failure to obtain an appointment and to arrive on time may result in being denied entry. If you are not feeling well on the day of your appointment, please reschedule.
Day of Appointment Instructions:
In light of COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane is encouraging social distancing protocols. Please arrive only at your exact appointment time – do not arrive early. Customers who arrive more than 15 minutes after their appointment time may be asked to reschedule. Do not stand closely to other applicants who are not members of your immediate family or traveling party. Customers must wear face masks in the U.S. Embassy facilities unless personnel request removal to verify identity. Follow the directions of the U.S. Embassy guards.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, reschedule your appointment online for a time at least 14 days in the future.
- 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 Extension
The Government of Laos has confirmed that all foreigners in Laos must continue to maintain a valid visa. Those who do not maintain a valid visa could face penalties of at least $10 per day in overstay fines or possible prison time in severe cases or if you are unable to pay.
The Department of Immigration, Foreigner Control, and Visa Extension (near the intersection of Ave Lane Xang & Khun Bu Lom Rd.) will extend visas for 30 days. As of February 19, 2021, the extension fee is 20,000 Lao kip (LAK) per day with an additional 30,000 LAK document fee. The total cost for a 30-day extension is currently 630,000 LAK (approximately $68).
In general, the Lao Immigration authority may forgive visa overstay fees if:
- The overstay is relatively short
- The overstay is self-reported (as opposed to Lao authorities learning of the overstay independently)
- There is a reasonable explanation for the overstay (e.g. hardship caused by COVID-19, etc.)