How to cross your car from Thailand to Laos

Taking your car from Thailand to Laos

The steps necessary to take a car into Laos.

You must have an international driving permit. The fee is 550 baht. This is in theory. According to a friend of mine who went many times, an English language version of a Thai driver’s license is sufficient.

You must also have an official passport for your car.

This may be obtained from the Department of Transport branch at which your car is registered, or from the Department of Transport within the province of the border crossing that you wish to use. The fee is 50 baht. In Nakhon Ratchasima, the Transport Department is just beside Tesco-Lotus.

The documents required to obtain the car passport are:

1. A copy of your house book.
2. A copy of your ID Card.
3. A copy of the cars log book, showing the owners name and address.
4. A copy of the cars log book, showing the road tax paid page.
5. If the car is not registered to you then a power of attorney signed by the registered owner giving permission to take the car out of the country.


Copy of the power of attorney normally required.

Finally you need to purchase a car insurance for one month at 400 baht unless your existing car insurance policy is sufficient. You buy insurance for Laos after you anter Laos.

After completing the above you will receive the passport and also two “T” stickers.

one to be placed on the front of your car and the other placed on the back of your car. You are now legally allowed to drive your car in Laos.

Be advised that the actual entry procedures for Immigration and Customs (for the car) could be different at every check point. A friend of mine have entered at Nong Khai, Mukdahan and Chong Mek. It was different every time. The best advice is to park the car well before you get to the congestion of the actually crossing and then walk everything through. (All the check points were designed to be drive-through. In actual practice this is impossible.) However, the actual procedures should be like it is stated below.

Immigration checkpoint.

* Hand the car passport and your personal passport to an immigration officer.
* The officer will give you some documents to fill in. (3 pages).
* Give the completed documents back to the officer together with the fee of between 200 and 250 baht.
* The officer will then give you three documents (two white and one green colored) The green page is to be kept safe as you will need it to enable you to bring your car back into Thailand again.

One of the forms to fill


If you are going to return via a different check point, make sure you tell both the Thai and Lao authorities about this when you are leaving. They will annotate the customs forms to show the different return point.

Laos Immigration checkpoint.

* Park your car in the space provided.
* Ask the immigration office for the form to bring a car into Laos.
* If you are accompanied by a foreigner then this is the time that he or she will go separately to obtain their visa. Thai personnel do not need a visa.
* Complete the forms and then go to room 15 where the immigration officer will check all your documents and ask you some details about the car and then complete the back page and sign the back of the form.
* When the paperwork is completed for the car, you return to the normal immigration checkpoints and show your passport and pay the fee for entering Laos.
* Return to your car and proceed through into Laos, showing your completed paperwork at the checkpoint.

On returning to Thailand.

Laos Immigration checkpoint.

* Hand your passports to the immigration officer for stamping out.
* Proceed through into Thailand.

Thailand Immigration checkpoint.

* Park your car in the space provided.
* Proceed to the normal immigration checkpoints and give your passports together with the green form (for the car) to the immigration officer.

(Both Thai and foreigner can do this together this time).

* When cleared and stamped you return to your car and proceed through into Thailand.

Please be aware that every copy of paperwork has to be signed.

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