Laos Culture of Business

By | July 24, 2022

Subchapters:

  • Introduction
  • Addressing
  • Business Meeting
  • Communication
  • Recommendations
  • Public Holidays

Introduction

Most of the rules of conduct, conduct and business practices are similar to those for Thailand, or another country in the SE Asia region.

For important business meetings (ministries, state institutions) a suit is worn, for ordinary business meetings a shirt with a tie is usually sufficient.

The official language is Lao. A small percentage of senior citizens and civil servants speak French or Russian. In recent times, attention has been paid to teaching English, among other things, due to the gradually growing tourism industry.

Working days are Monday to Saturday, the maximum working time is 8 hours a day.

Shops and restaurants are open as in the surrounding countries or in Europe.

Note: – this Summary Territorial Information is processed for a country that is so-called accredited. The information is provided in an abbreviated form.

Addressing

See – applies similarly to Thailand.

Note: – this Summary Territorial Information is processed for a country that is so-called accredited. The information is provided in an abbreviated form.

Business meeting

See – applies similarly to Thailand.

Note: – this Summary Territorial Information is processed for a country that is so-called accredited. The information is provided in an abbreviated form.

Communication

See – applies similarly to Thailand.

Note: – this Summary Territorial Information is processed for a country that is so-called accredited. The information is provided in an abbreviated form. Visit Animalerts for more information about Laos culture and traditions.

Recommendation

See – applies similarly to Thailand.

Note: – this Summary Territorial Information is processed for a country that is so-called accredited. The information is provided in an abbreviated form.

Public Holidays

Public holidays in Laos in 2022 fall on the following days:

January 1 (New Year)

January 20 (Armed Forces Day)

March 8 (International Women’s Day)

April 14-16 (Lao New Year – Songkran / Pii Mai)

1st/2nd May Day (Labor Day)

July 20 (Foundation Day of the Lao Women’s Union)

October 10 (Boat Race Festival, only in Vientiane)

November 8 (That Luang Festival)

December 2 (Laos National Day)

See also – in general, the same applies to Buddhist holidays as for Thailand.

Note: – this Summary Territorial Information is processed for a country that is so-called accredited. The information is provided in an abbreviated form.

Visas, fees, specific conditions for traveling to the territory

Important note (!) – before traveling to the country, we always recommend that you always check the conditions of entry directly with the Lao Embassy, ​​which is responsible for these issues.

Holders of standard passports must apply for entry visas. Visas on arrival can be obtained at Vientiane Airport and selected land border crossings. For holders of diplomatic and service passports, the Czech Republic has an agreement with Laos on visa-free relations.

Business and tourist visas are issued for a maximum period of one month. Business visas can be further extended. Foreign companies investing in Laos have the option of obtaining residence permits for their workers for the duration of their commercial activities in the country.

When traveling to the country, it is also recommended to follow the warnings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, or the website of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bangkok. In general, it is necessary to be aware of possible health risks and recommended vaccinations.

Employment of citizens from the Czech Republic

Employment conditions are regulated by the Labor Law. In accordance with it, the employer is obliged to give priority to Lao job applicants. A special permit from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare is required for the employment of foreign workers.

Foreign workers may not represent more than 15% of the total number of Lao employees, and in the skilled workforce this ratio may not exceed 25%. Foreign employees must of course hold a valid residence visa and work permit.

Foreigners can enter into an employment contract for a period of 12 months with the option of extending it by another 12 months, provided that the total duration of the employment contract may not exceed a cumulative period of 5 years. It is possible to grant an exception from this provision depending on the needs of the employer and the qualification requirements for the given job position.

If a foreigner wants to use any health care in the country, he has to pay for this care, often only in cash. In any case, it is recommended to take out quality travel health insurance before arriving in Laos to allow reimbursement of medical expenses. At the same time, it is recommended to check with your insurance company the scope of risk coverage and related financial limits.

Fairs and events

In case of specific interest, you can contact the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bangkok for cooperation.

This Summary Territorial Information is processed for a country that is so-called accredited. The information is provided in an abbreviated form.

Contacts

Subchapters:

  • Contacts to Czech embassies in the territory
  • Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firefighters, information lines, etc.)
  • Important Internet links and contacts

Contacts at the embassies of the Czech Republic in the territory

Address of the Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand:

Embassy of the Czech Republic

71/6 Ruam Rudee Soi 2, Ploenchit Rd., Lumpini, Pathumwan, 10330 Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand

Phone: +66 2250 9223

E-mails:

– consular and visa department: [email protected]

– commercial and economic department: [email protected]

– central, general: [email protected]

Website: www.mzv.cz/bangkok

Address of the Honorary Consulate in Vientiane, Laos:

Mrs. Phimphone Douangsavanh (Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic)

Vientiane Plaza Hotel (4th floor), Sailom Rd., Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)

Phone/Fax: +856 21 265372

E-mail: [email protected]

Note: You can find further details on office hours etc. on the relevant website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firemen, information lines, etc.)

Emergency/rescue: 195 (1195) or in Vientiane 1623

Police: 191 (1191)

Firefighters: 190 (1190)

Important web links and contacts

www.mzv.cz/bangkok – Website of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bangkok (Thailand)

www.mzv.cz – Information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic on traveling to Laos

www.visitlaos.org – Information about the country, monuments, natural attractions and travel

www.countryreports.org/country/laos.htm – General information on Laos

www.lonelyplanet.com/laos – Website of the world famous printed guide to Laos

Laos Culture of Business