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February 22, 2009

Laos plans visa waivers to boost tourism
Lao government will waive visa fees for elderly and young foreigners entering the country as part of the efforts to promote tourism, Lao newspaper Vientiane Times reported Friday.

Lao Taxation department was drafting an order to inform the sectors concerned, including the ministries of public security and foreign affairs, to enforce the new decree which is expected to be put into practice within this year, said the newspaper.

According to general director of Lao Finance Ministry's Taxation Department Manivone Insisiengmay, the waiver would apply to foreigners aged over 65 and younger than 15.

Visas issued on arrival in Laos cost from $30 to $42 depending on a tourist's nationality.






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