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Laos

Check our destination guide for postal restrictions and requirements

Prohibitions

The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.

To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).

  • Coins, banknotes, and securities payable to bearer
  • Batteries (lithium)
  • Films - entertainment
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Platinum, gold or silver
  • Precious stones and metals
  • Radio receiver equipment
  • Travellers cheques
  • Tape and video
  • Telecommunications equipment.

Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries and devices containing them are prohibited from being sent to Laos.

Import restrictions

If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.

We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic admits only the following goods. Senders require the written authorisation of the Lao Ministry of Industry and Trade to send anything not on the list:

  • Articles of no commercial value
  • Art works, original, imported by their creators
  • Goods imported by the diplomatic and consular corps
  • Goods re-imported after temporary export
  • Newspapers, printed papers and other published items that cannot harm the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
  • Personal effects and clothing
  • Pharmaceutical products for medical or scientific purposes
  • Samples
  • Red Cross articles
  • Wedding trousseaux and school uniforms.