Laos-China Railway to Start Cross-border Travel to China in April

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Laos-China Railway. (Photo: New Civil Engineer).

Laos-China Railway will extend its passenger services on the international route to China – from Vientiane to Kunming and return – starting next month.

Deputy Chief Engineer at the Laos-China Railway Company, Mr. Vongthong Souphanthong, has said that the Laos-China Railway will open international services from Vientiane to Kunming, China, and back in mid-April 2023.

Laos-China Railway is coordinating with the governments in both countries to start the service in less than a month’s time.

Passengers from Vientiane should submit immigration-related documents at Boten station in Laos first, and at the immigration checkpoint at Bohan station in China to enter the country based on bilateral regulations of the two nations.

Around 1500-1600 tourists and business travelers avail Laos-China railway services from Boten station in Luang Namtha to other stations in Laos every day, according to Mr. Vongthong.

Earlier this month, the railway company launched and brought out its LCR mobile ticket application for passengers to book their travel online. The company reports that more than 15,000 people have registered to use the application since it went online.

Prime Minister of Laos, Sonexay Siphandone, has also advised the Ministry of Public Works and Transport this month to set up immigration booths at train stations along the Laos-China Railway to accommodate the increasing demand for rail travel.