Travel advice for Laos.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Laos.

Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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in US Dollar (USD)

  • Change cash in local currency

Local currency / ISO Code

New kip LAK

Further Information

Credit cards


  • Die gängigen Kreditkarten werden in begrenztem Umfang akzeptiert. Für detaillierte Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an den Aussteller der betreffenden Karte.

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Other information


  • Visitors are advised to observe elementary safety precautions and to inquire at local police stations about risks related to itinerary and time of travel.

  • It is recommended to drive only along asphalted roads (risk of landmines).

  • Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

  • Avoid nighttime driving.

Special legal regulations

  • Photographing persons wearing an uniform, military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

  • Severe penalties for violations of drug laws (up to life imprisonment/death penalty).

Time difference with Switzerland

+ 6 h / + 5 h during our summer time

National language

Official language


Language capabilities

English and French


Viangchan (Vientiane)


220 volt / adapter recommended

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more with visa, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 15 days. Individual visa available on arrival for stays up to 14 days. Return or onward travel ticket, proof of sufficient funds (at least USD 400.00), confirmed hotel reservation, 2 passport photos or an address of a contact person in Laos required. Visas are available at the international airports Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Pakse. Extension available on site.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Vientiane, Diethelm Travel Laos Building, 2nd Floor, Setthathirath Road, Namphu Square
Tel. +856 21 264 160

Opening hours


8.00 - 12.00 h and 13.30 - 17.30 h (Mon - Fri)


8.00/9.00 - 16.00/21.00 h (Mon - Sat)

  • International driver's license required.

  • Car rental with driver recommended.

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Mosquito protection advised.

  • Risk of dengue fever.

  • Year-round risk of malaria in all parts of the country, except Vientiane.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Cultural characteristics

Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

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