British Ambassador to Laos
We work to reinvigorate and enhance the relationship between the UK and Laos following the re-establishment of a British Embassy in Laos in late 2012.
We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Lao governments, supporting UK-Lao trade and investment, and supporting British policies, interests and values in political and economic relations.
We will also be cooperating with international and local agencies to address global challenges including organised crime, climate change, and regional security and prosperity. We work closely with Lao government and private sector to encourage bilateral trade and investment. We provide high-quality consular services to British nationals visiting or living in Laos.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website
Births, deaths and marriages
Information on how you can register a birth, death or marriage which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
Passports and emergency travel documents
How to renew or replace your British passport when outside of the UK and information on getting an emergency travel document if your passport is lost or stolen.
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
Living in Laos
We also provide a guide for British nationals who live in Laos who need information about services that are not provided by our Consulates, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.
List of lawyers and interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with official transactions in Laos. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
Notarial and documentary services
Information about the notarial and documentary services available at the British Embassy in Laos.
Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on how to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine, so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- issue emergency passports (emergency travel documents)
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- provide details of local lawyers, interpreters, doctors and funeral directors
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
What our embassy cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Vientiane
British Embassy Vientiane
Telephone +66 2 800 8050 (In Thai and English language)
Residents of Laos who wish to apply for a UK visa must contact the visa application centre in Bangkok, Thailand. For more information, please see the "Visas" link on top of our main page.Access and opening times