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History of Relations
relations between South Africa and the Lao People's Democratic Republic were established
in September 1994. The previous South African Ambassador to Thailand, Mrs Buyi
M Pheto, presented her credentials as non-resident Ambassador to the President
of Laos on 6 November 2001.
Laos has neither residential nor non-residential
representation in South Africa.
South African Representation in Lao (non resident)
Ms P N Magaqa
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Designate)
accredited from Embassy of South Africa, Bangkok,
Lao Representation in South
Tourist information for Laos can be accessed on the following
African nationals visiting Laos are strongly advised to exercise a high level
personal security awareness at all times. Since 2000 that have been periodic
isolated attacks on markets, bus stations, all forms of ground transportation,
checkpoints and other public places.
Laos remains one of the
most heavily mined countries in the world with mined areas
In addition, visitors should also be aware of the dangers of
(UXO) left over from the Vietnam war. UXOs pose a particular
problem in Xieng
Khoung, Sam Neua and Huaphan Provinces and areas of the Lao-
Visitors are advised not to stray off main routes in rural areas and
pick up any metal objects.
Penalties for using illegal narcotic substances
(opium, heroin, amphetamine type
stimulants including Ecstasy and marijuana
etc) in Laos are severe. In 2001, the death
penalty was introduced for persons
found guilty of the illegal production, possession,
trafficking or trade of
500 grams or more of heroin or 3 killogrammes or more of
opium, or 10 killogrammes
or more of marijuana.
A US$10 airport tax per person is payable on departure
from both Vientiane (Wattay)
and Luang Prabang International Airports and
a 5000 Kip (or 20 Thai Baht) exit tax
is payable on departure at the Lao-Thai
Friendship Bridge checkpoint.
Visa requirements for South Africans
South African nationals require visas to enter Laos. This should preferably be
from any Lao PDR Embassy abroad before arriving in the country.
* Two visa application forms duly completed and signed by the
* Two recent photographs of passport-holder; and
* A valid passport
with at least six month remaining validity.
Visa fees are charged according
to the nationality of the applicant. Current visa fees
for SA passport-holders
are US$30 for a 15-day tourist visa. These can be extended at
of Immigration in Laos.
Visas can also be obtained on arrival as follows