Used Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Copy of passport
- Work visa
- Letter of employer
- Employer’s investment license
- ID working card in Laos
- Tax exemption letter, issued from Ministry of Foreign Affairs if NGO, diplomats
- Business license (non-diplomats)
- Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
- Diplomatic ID card (diplomats)
- A non - citizen may import used household goods and personal effects duty free if having diplomatic
status or working for a registered for an non-governmental organization (NGO).
- If the document criteria are met, only one sea and one air shipment are permitted duty free, and the
owner of the goods can only import one each of any electrical appliance duty free.
- Non - citizens employed with private companies in Laos will have to pay duty on personal effects.
- Non - citizens not employed in Laos will have to pay duty on personal effects and depend on cargo
inspection from Customs Officer
- Returning Lao nationals who have lived abroad will have to pay duty on personal effects.
- As sea shipments first enter Thailand before being transported in-bond to Laos, ensure that the
original bill of lading shows “In-transit to Vientiane, Laos via Bangkok, Thailand”.
- Title / registration
- Original bill of lading
- Letter of employment
- Import permission
- Specification of vehicle: power number, engine number, color, year, product, model
- Only foreign diplomats may import a vehicle into Laos duty free.
- Vehicles are subject to duties assessed on the type, age, and engine size of the vehicle.
- Second hand vehicles cannot be imported into Laos, except for diplomats and NGOs.
- Vehicles must get the import permit and tax exemption letter before importing the vehicle into Laos.
- Vaccination record
- Veterinary health certificate
- Pet passport
- Most pets, including dogs, cats, and birds, can be brought into Laos with no quarantine
- Import permission has to go through the livestock Customs Office and will take at least two weeks.
- To export pets from Laos the above documentation is needed along with an export document from
Livestock Office, which will take at least 7 days.
- The following items are subject to restriction and required permission from the Ministry of
Information and Culture for import:
- Weapons firearms and ammunition
- Receivers and transmitters through satellites, internet, broadcasting equipment, etc.
- Images of Buddha and God made from copper, glass, wood, bone, ivory, stone, and other materials
- Cigarettes (500), cigars (100), tobacco (500 g)
- Wine (2 bottles) and other types of alcohol (1 bottle)
- Second-hand vehicles
- Illegal drugs
- Chemicals and fertilizers
- Plant and plant products
- Pornographic materials
- Anti-communist publications
Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been
met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.
Movguru note: These policies can change as per customs regulations at
any time without notice. Treat this document as informative guide. Movguru has published this document
as guide only for information purpose on its sole discretion and holds no depiction of expressing or
inferred to the precision or applicability of its content.