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Day trip toLaos

Post by trubrit » October 30, 2017, 3:23 pm

Sure many of you guys do this on a regular basis but I haven't ever, so can you tell me what is the current situation getting a visa for just a one day trip .Have some visitors coming all on British passports with Thai 30day visitor visa's so presumably won't need re-entry for here.Thanks in advance.
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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by BobHelm » October 30, 2017, 3:39 pm

As far as I am aware Val, only the Laos 30 day tourist visa is available at the Friendship Bridge.
Costs 1,500 baht or $30 odd dollars for it, on arrival & it fills a page of your passport.

On arriving back at the Thai border they would be granted 30 day visa exemptions - no charge..

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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by Laan Yaa Mo » October 30, 2017, 6:15 pm

If you want to avoid the lineup at the border, you can get a visa for Laos at their Consulate in Khon Kaen. It is located just south of Wat Chang and north of Khon Kaen University driving from Udon. It is not in the city proper. The wait time is about an hour. Forms are available at the counter or sometimes on the desk in the seating area. Then you can either go to Viang Chan (Vientiane) or to Savannakhet. They are both about 3 hours from Khon Kaen.
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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by 747man » October 30, 2017, 6:43 pm

Val, As Bob says.....Laos 30 Day Visa ( On Arrival is given ) On the Laos side of the bridge 35 US$ For British Passport holders...

But I Think the original THAI Visitor Visa IS Cancelled on departure fro m Thailand,Then on Re-Entry( To Thailand ) They will only get a 15 Day Thai Visitors Visa, ( Visa Exempt ) as it's a Land border crossing

I May be wrong on the 2nd part,because I Already have a Thai NON-IMM " O "Visa & Therefore I Get 90 Days on my Re-Entry....
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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by BobHelm » October 30, 2017, 6:48 pm

A Thai single entry visa is certainly finished once you exit Thailand - even if you have only stayed for a day.. :D

These days nearly everybody gets 30 days visa exemption at a land crossing into Thailand.
However there is also a restriction on how many you can have in a year - 2 I think...

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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by 747man » October 30, 2017, 6:49 pm

Bob,You are Correct with that part....However there is also a restriction on how many you can have in a year - 2 I think...

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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by Laan Yaa Mo » October 30, 2017, 6:50 pm

Yes, 747 is correct as usual. I had a 60 day visa for Thailand, but once I left for Laos and returned to Thailand I was only granted 15 days on my return. However, I have heard of other people who get 30 days so....
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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by BobHelm » October 30, 2017, 6:55 pm

It used to be that only G8 countries got 30 days Uncle & most others got 15 days, but that was also unlimited.
They changed the rules to give nearly everybody 30 days but put a restriction number of it at the same time.
The restriction does not apply to those arriving by air...

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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by Zidane » October 30, 2017, 7:14 pm

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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by trubrit » October 30, 2017, 8:35 pm

Thanks for all the replies guy's. The re-entry to Thailand isn't a problem for my visitors as they will be in the last week of their visit anyway although immigration did tell me they would get 30day as they hold confirmed flight reservations out. It's the Laos side I was wondering about, looks like it 's an expensive day trip if it's 1,500bht each for Laos visa, even more so for me because I need a re-entry from this side and that's another 1,000bht, isn't it .Now I know why I have never been across with the wife and her friends but stay in NK having a beer .Certainly knocks any thought of saving on duty free on the head.
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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by wazza » October 30, 2017, 8:48 pm

Trubrit

your friends will also save a bit, if they have the $35 USD to be presented

as the FX rates THB / GBP etc offered by the Lao Immigration etc are about 25% less from recollection

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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by 747man » October 30, 2017, 9:01 pm

NEVER Pay for Laos Visa in Thai Baht.......Also Val, Just to let you know,Laos Duty Free Ain't Cheap in my opinion.... :shock: :shock:

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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by Laan Yaa Mo » October 30, 2017, 10:25 pm

Thank you for the information Khuns Bob, 747 and Zidane.
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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by Laan Yaa Mo » October 30, 2017, 10:28 pm

747man wrote:
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NEVER Pay for Laos Visa in Thai Baht.......Also Val, Just to let you know,Laos Duty Free Ain't Cheap in my opinion.... :shock: :shock:
Not just duty free, but everything is a little more expensive in Laos. I guess this is because most of their products are imported from Thailand and China. I have yet to see anything labelled, Made in Laos, but some cottage industries might carry that tag.
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Re: Day trip toLaos

Post by wazza » October 30, 2017, 10:57 pm

Wines were certainly cheaper 8 months ago.

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