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How do I start my own business in Laos?

How do I start my own business in Laos?

Laos is considered one of the most difficult countries in the world in which to start a business, however there is a basic structure and process to follow. For investors who are new to Laos, finding out what company structures are possible and suitable for your investment can be very confusing. In brief, there are two options for your investment under Lao law: establishing a Representative Office or establishing a Limited Company. Both Representative Office and Limited Company structures have their benefits and advantages, depending on what you intend to achieve in the Lao PDR. Continue reading

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Reminder: Importation of E-Cigarettes and Refills Into Thailand Is Illegal

Reminder Importation of E-Cigarettes and Refills Into Thailand Is Illegal

People should be careful about vaping in Thailand. While using e-cigs them selves are not illegal, it is illegal to import e-cigs and e-liquids and you could face up to 5 years in prison for possession and up to 10 year for production and sale and a fine of five times the value of the goods or both.
Apparently there is ‘NO’ law banning the …. Continue reading

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Citizenship, Family Books, ID Cards Awarded To Expatriates In Laos

Citizenship, Family Books, ID Cards Awarded to Expatriates in Laos

Several years ago, the Lao government introduced a policy to reward qualified foreign expatriates in Laos with citizenship if they so desired. Laos also gives family books and ID cards to foreigners who do not want to denounce their original citizenship.
Over the years, a number of foreign expatriates in Laos have requested and been granted citizenship on submission of ….. Continue reading

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Driving In Laos: What License Do I Need ?

Driving In Laos - What License Do I Need

There is always much confusion among foreigners living in Laos about the required licenses to drive.
So what kinds of licenses are needed to drive in Laos ? These are the three possibilities to legally drive a vehicle in Laos: Continue reading

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Officials Express Concern About Illegal Marriages

Officials Express Concern About Illegal Marriages

People of 47 different nationalities are married to Lao citizens, with most foreign partners coming from the three nations of Thailand, the Republic of Korea and China, according to figures from the Protection Police and Lao-Anti Trafficking Department.
Some 1,600 marriages involving Lao citizens and foreigners were recorded from 2012-2015. In 75 cases, foreign women ….. Continue reading

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Lao Government Appoints Committee to Enforce Timber Export Ban

Lao Government Appoints Committee to Enforce Timber Export Ban

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith this week appointed an ad hoc committee to enforce a nationwide ban on illegal logging within 60 days and block and prevent timber from leaving the country after some provinces were found to have violated a logging ban.
The committee consists of high-ranking officials from government inspection agencies and anti-corruption organizations, along with the ministries of ….. Continue reading

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