New US$1 tax kicks in for foreigners entering Laos

Laos immigration form pictured

With the implementation of a new tourism development levy in Laos effective October 1, all travellers entering the country on foreign passports, including residents, will now be taxed US$1.

All travellers now have to pay a US$1 levy; Laos immigration form pictured

Set up in line with a government decree issued in April last year, the tax is meant to go towards tourism development purposes.

The change comes amid greater demands on the country’s budget for flood disaster recovery efforts and infrastructure investment, according to a Laotian Times article.

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