Resumption of limited routine American Citizen Services
With the improvements in the Covid-19 situation in Laos, the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane is now able to offer limited in-person appointments for passports, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and notaries. You may use our online system to request passport and notarial appointments here. For CRBA services please follow the instructions here to submit required documents. We will schedule a CRBA appointment for you once you have submitted all documents.
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.
Evacuation Flight from Laos to the United States
The special chartered flight arranged by the U.S. Department of State departed Vientiane on April 12. The Embassy will not be arranging another chartered flight. The Embassy will continue to share information about commercial transit options as they become available; please enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive these updates and alerts or check the Embassy’s alerts page.
Extending Visas in Laos
According to the Lao Department of Immigration, U.S. Citizens seeking to extend visas that have expired due to unforeseen circumstances related to COVID-19 can do so at the Department of Immigration Office in Vientiane. U.S. Citizens outside Vientiane can request extension at provincial Public Security Offices. Extension can be requested in one-month increments, at a rate of 20,000 kip (around USD $2.50) per day of extension. Thus, one month of extension should cost around USD $75, plus a nominal administrative fee. Though not required, some Immigration Officers may request a letter from the U.S. Embassy in support of visa extension requests. The Embassy can provide such a letter if necessary; please direct requests to email@example.com.
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.