Nine Border Checkpoints to Discontinue Visa On Arrival Services

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Laos EVisa Program Planned for June Implementation

According to a notice issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday, nine of Laos’s border checkpoints will discontinue providing visa on arrival services to tourists.

The notice orders the closure of visa on arrival units at nine border checkpoints:

– Pang Hok (Phongsaly Province) bordering Vietnam

– Nam Soy (Huaphanh Province) bordering Vietnam

– Nam Kan (Xieng Khouang Province) bordering Vietnam

– Nam Ngeun (Xayaboury Province) bordering Thailand

– Nam Heuang (Xayaboury Province) bordering Thailand

– Nam Phao (Khammouane Province) bordering Vietnam

– Na Phao (Khammouane Province) bordering Vietnam

– Savannakhet International Airport

– Phou Keua (Attapeu Province) bordering Vietnam

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been tasked with coordinating the closure of the visa units and is to ensure that no disruptions are caused at border checkpoints.

Laos launched an e-visa service earlier this year, but so far this is only available for use at three checkpoints; Wattay International Airport, The First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge, and Luang Prabang International Airport.

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  1. Make the e-visa $20USD. Laos tourism is retarded because of its greed while Vietnam gets 16 million tourists. $70USD for a 30 day Laos visa extension. Vietnam gives $40USD for 3 month visa. And everything expensive in Laos, beer, hotels, meals. fruit. Laos only for the rich. . Laos needs to wake up and stop living in dream land of money for nothing.

  2. Pang Hoc borders Vietnam not China. Only one Lao-China checkpoint is open to third country nationals, which is Boten/Mohan. For some reason, Lanteuy is still not open to foreigners though even if it were, very few foreigners would be crossing given how remote it is and there’s no visa on arrival there either.

  3. I checked evisa website. We must pay 50% more for evisa than traditional way applying at border. Absolutely crazy. The whole idea of evisa is to be cheaper than traditional visa application at border. And it also mentions another fee, not stated explicitly. Let’s hope the tourism authorities in Laos become aware of their detrimental greedy plans and follow Vietnams successful tourism boom. Laos the land of expensive visas.

  4. I checked evisa website. We must pay 50% more for evisa than traditional way applying at border. Absolutely crazy. The whole idea of evisa is to be cheaper than traditional visa application at border. And it also mentions another fee, bank charge fee, not stated explicitly. Let’s hope the tourism authorities in Laos become aware of their detrimental greedy plans and follow Vietnams successful tourism boom. Laos the land of expensive VISAS and bank charge fees. Gouging tourists before they arrive. Welcome to Laos.

  5. I have emailed the online visa website to consider opening at least 1 border to Vietnam. Please email them, too. At least one border to Vietnam…

  6. Hello everyone. I’m in Vietnam right now and will be crossing in Laos by land in a few days time (early November 2019).

    I just contacted my embassy (Canada) and that new regulation will be effective as of December 31, 2019.

    Actually, it will be progressively implemented over a period of 6 months (from December 31st 2019, to June 30th 2020), following the different points of entry.

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