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.

Our services


This Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.

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.


How to renew or replace your British passport when outside of the UK.

Emergency travel documents

We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact your nearest consulate as soon as possible.

For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:

  • you have never applied for a British passport before
  • you are applying on behalf of a child

An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.

If your passport has been lost or stolen, after obtaining a police report, you will need to get a certificate of loss from the Lao immigration department.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in Vientiane

Travel advice

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 and interpreters 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.

Legalisation service

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

Our people

Hugh Evans

Hugh Evans

British Ambassador to Laos

  • James Toone

    Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Vientiane

Contact us

British Embassy Vientiane

Rue J. Nehru
Saysettha District,


Monday to Friday:
8.30am to 4.30pm (office hours)

Consular opening hours:
Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 11.30am (local time)

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Visa section

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

Consular services

Rue J. Nehru

Saysettha District

Access and opening times