Flight Operations To Laos 


Flight Operations to Laos 

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Situated on the Mekong River, Laos is famous for its mountains, Buddhist monasteries, and French colonial architecture. Largely unspoiled with a mainly rural population, it is one of the few remaining countries where a truly authentic Asian experience can be enjoyed and is a popular Southeast Asian destination for backpackers and tourists.  

Here’s what international operators need to know about flying to Laos.  

Entry airports 

Vientiane Wattay International Airport  

The country’s main gateway, located in the capital, Vientiane, Wattay International Airport is three kilometers from the city center. Wattay is well served by shuttle bus, taxi, rental cars, and tuk-tuks. 

  • ICAO: VLVT  
  • IATA: VTE 
  • Longest Runway: 3000m / 9843ft (Paved) 
  • Elevation 564 ft / 172 m 
  • Coordinates: 17°59′18″N 102°33′48″E  
  • Fuel available: Jet  
  • Time zone: UTC +7  

Visit the official airport website here. 

Luang Prabang International Airport  

Located four kilometers from the center of Luang Prabang in northern Laos. Car rental, fixed-rate taxis and tuk-tuks are located outside arrivals.  

  • IATA: LPQ 
  • Runway: 06/24 – 7,218 feet 2,200 m Asphalt 
  • Elevation: 955 ft / 291 m  
  • Coordinates: 19°53’50″N 102°09’39″E 
  • Fuel available: Jet 

Visit the official airport website here. 

Other airports include: 

  • Paske International Airport (VLPS/PKZ) 
  • Savannakhet International Airport (VLSK/ZVK) 


Operational Information 

  • Slots are required and include landing permits  
  • Lead times for permit approvals is generally three working days but can be expedited in urgent cases3  
  • ANS fees and any other charges are paid by the agents that request the permits  



  • Laos offers visa exemption for visitors from certain countries (mostly is ASEAN member countries)

    Visitors who required visa can do it online or on arrival at the airport with a maximum stay of 30 days

  • Passport validity of 180 days or more is required  
  • Some visitors from certain countries require an approved visa prior to enter Laos

Laos e-visas must be applied for online here and take an average of three working days provided applicants provide complete information.   

For the list of 160 countries eligible for Laos e-visas, click here. Other nationalities are required to apply for tourist visas on entry. 


Health requirements 

  • There is no vaccination requirement to enter Laos  
  • There is no longer a requirement to undergo COVID-19 pre-departure or arrival tests  
  • There is no requirement to quarantine  

 For support with your flight operations to Laos, contact UAS