Laos to Install More Immigration Checkpoints at First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge

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Immigration control at Frist Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge.

The immigration authorities in Laos will construct a dozen more checkpoints before the Lao New Year next month at the First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge.

Vientiane Mai reports that the construction of 12 more checkpoint units will be completed in time to facilitate the return of Lao workers and visitors from Thailand during the Lao New Year.

Lt. Col Kidone Kivongxay, Deputy Head of Immigration Control at the First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge, said in the interview that around 6,000 to 7,000 people enter and exit the bridge with 1,000 vehicles crossing over per day on public holidays or festivals.

To help in the effective movement of tourists and residents, several stores inside the immigration area have been removed to provide more space, and the installation of twelve more immigration checkpoints will conclude before next month. Also, the number of parking spots at the bridge will be increased during this time.

Immigration officials in Laos expect to see around 8,000 to 9,000 people crossing the border daily around the Lao New Year when there will be a total of 24 checkpoints in place to aid immigration procedures.

During his recent visit to Laos, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and former Lao PM Phankham Viphavanh, both expressed a desire to develop more friendship bridges between Laos and Thailand.