Korean visitors wishing to stay in Laos for more than 15 days have to leave the country before their visa expires and re-enter the country otherwise they will be illegal visitors, said Tuesday Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Laos Sung Soon Shin.
The ambassador has recently proposed the government of Laos, in this case the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to increase the duration of visa for South Korean visitors from currently 15 to 30 days.
The government of Laos has exempted visa for Korean visitors who want to visit Laos for less than 15 days.
The duration seems enough for visitors visiting Laos in groups or those visiting the country with tour companies but it is not enough for visitors who prefer to visit Laos personally, said Ambassador Shin.
Five direct flights are flown everyday from Korea’s Incheon International Airport to Vientiane of Laos making Korea have a relatively large number of flights flown to Laos compared to six flown from Thailand and two from Vietnam.
The cooperation between Laos and the Republic of Korea on tourism is very impressive as last year witnessed more than 170,000 Koreans visiting Laos and more than 10,000 Lao people visiting Korea, said the ambassador.
Vientiane, Vangvieng and Luang Prabang are ranked among top destinations for Korean visitors.
In the future, the Lao PDR shall develop more destinations for Korean visitors especially in southern Laos where many pristine tourist sites are located, said Ambassador Shin.
To attract more visitors from the Republic of Korea to Laos some policies need to be changed especially those on visa, advised the ambassador.
Source: Lao News Agency