Australian Embassy
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Km 4, Thadeua Road, Watnak (P.O. Box 292)

The Australian Embassy, located in the capital of Vientiane, offers a comprehensive range of services to Australian citizens, administers the Australian development assistance program to Laos, provides advice to Australian businesses, manages the formal bilateral relationship between Australia and Laos and provides a visa service for people in Laos planning to travel to Australia. (Link Travel Advice for Laos)

From 1 December 2017 the frequent traveller passport will be discontinued from 1 December 2017.  In its place, we are introducing a replacement passport option for adult passport holders whose passport is full but still has over two years validity remaining (reduced fee applies).  The replacement passport has 34 pages and the same expiry date as the passport being replaced. This change reflects the overall decline in demand for frequent traveller passports as more countries issue electronic visas.

If you are in Australia and require a replacement passport, you can apply using our online application. If you are overseas, you can apply for a replacement passport at your nearest Australian diplomatic mission from 1 December 2017.
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Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

For enquiries regarding the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey please refer to the ABS website: HERE or contact the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey Information Line by calling: 1800 572 113 or +61 2 6252 52 62 from overseas (Charges apply). The Information Line is open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm (AEST).

We note, the ABS processes for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey have been updated to provide additional information for eligible Australians overseas who may not be able to complete a postal survey.  Please refer to the ABS website for further details

A History of the Death Penalty in Australia

Fifty years ago Australia carried out its last execution.  Ronald Ryan had been serving time in prison for robbery when he escaped in December 1965.  During the escape, a gun was fired, and the shot killed a prison warden. After 17 days on the run, Ryan was captured, charged with murder, convicted and sentenced to death.  He was hung on 3 February 1967. (Read more )


Australian New Colombo Plan students flock to Laos

The connections between future Lao and Australian leaders will receive a boost in 2017-18, when double the number of Australian New Colombo Plan students will complete study visits to Laos compared to last year. Seventy-five new young Australians from five different universities will travel to the Lao PDR over the next 12 months under the New Colombo Plan’s ‘mobility program’, to strengthen their research and professional networks, and their understanding of South-East Asia. (Read more )

New Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia’s visiting Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, and Lao Minister for Education and Sports, H.E. Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun, today congratulated the 30 young Lao men and women selected in 2017 to study in Australia under Australia Awards scholarships at an official conferral ceremony in Vientiane. (Read more )

Australian Minister to Reaffirm Strategic Ties

Australia and the Lao PDR will look to build on their long-standing defence cooperation when Vientiane hosts the first ever visit by an Australian Minister for Defence on 24 August. Hon Marise Payne is visiting Laos as part of a broader regional visit to South-East Asia to strengthen military ties and cooperation.  
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