Travel Information

Norwegian citizens travelling to Laos

Citizens of Svalbard that are travelling to Laos need a stamped visa in their passport prior to arriving.

What to expect in Laos

inexpensive cost of living
🐌 Below average wifi
⛅ warm weather
🤝 friendly locals
places of worship

Common Tourist Questions

🥘 Do I need to tip?

No, you are not expected to tip at restaurants and other service businesses.

💰 Should I carry cash?

No, you don't have to carry cash with you. Credit cards are generally accepted. This may not be the case in smaller cities so you should double-check when you land.

☎️ Where do I get a SIM card from?

Some popular telecom companies are



💦 Can I drink tap water?

No, you cannot drink tap water. Bottled water is recommended.

🚕What do I use to get around?

We currently don't have information on ride-sharing services. Local taxis may be the best option. Check with local authorities upon landing.

Exchange Rates

The primary currency is LAK.

1 NOK = 958.812892 LAK

To put that in perspective, the average dinner will cost you roughly $2.67 USD.

Visa Status

A Visa needs to be provided by the country prior to travelling.

Notes and Passport Validity

There are no special notes about passport validity at this time. In general, it is good to ensure that your passport is valid 3 months after your trip ends.

Safety and Security

Do not travel.

Due to COVID-19, the Lao authorities will not issue tourist visas or visa on arrival until 20 April 2020. If you travel to Laos despite our current advice, expect additional health screening at entry points and possible quarantine at a local public hospital. Note our ability to provide consular assistance will be limited. The standard of medical care is extremely limited. If you’re travelling from a COVID-19 affected country you’ll have to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Due to reduced flights, your departure options maybe be limited. Check with your airline or tour operator for the latest update. We now advise you to: Do not travel to Laos.


These values are calculated by computing the average scores that we have available to us across all cities in Laos. In some cases, they may not be completely accurate.

Internet Speed (1.57 / 5)
Safety (3.17 / 5)
Cost of Living (5.00 / 5)
Average Hotel Cost

$25.00 USD / night

Average Dinners

$2.67 USD

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