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Thailand May Reinstate Land Border Entry for Expats in Neighboring Countries

Thai Visas

Could the cross-border retail and recreation-related dreams of foreign expatriates, non-diplomats and other non-Lao-non-ASEAN-passport-holding residents in Laos be about to come true across the Mekong in Thailand once again visa-free?

Laos’ near neighbour is reportedly considering removing the restrictions on land border entry affecting foreign expatriates in neighbouring countries including …

Fortunate Escape For 66 Folk? Search for Missing Flood Victims in Attapeu Officially Ends

Search for Attapeu Flood Victims Offiically Ends

Sixty-six fortunate folk have been located alive as the Lao government taskforce headed by the Deputy PM reported 34 confirmed dead, 31 missing and another six post-flood disaster-related fatalities in Attapeu in final figures cited by to the nation’s news media Thursday.

The search for the remains of victims from …

Foreigners Married to Lao Citizens Now Entitled to Spouse Visa

Foreigner Spouse Marriage Visa

The Government of Laos will now be issuing foreign spouse visas to foreigners who hold a valid Lao certificate of marriage with a Lao citizen.

Until now, the foreign spouses of Lao citizens received no special privileges or entitlements after completing the lengthy marriage process. Those who held a valid Lao …

Store and Conserve Water, Supply Authority Advises

Turbid Water Supply in Vientiane

The rain-swollen Mekong River and its sediments are affecting capacity to meet the daily demand for water in the Lao capital Vientiane and its surrounds, the water supply authority warns.

The State Water Supply Enterprise has called on Vientiane residents to conserve water and consider storing additional supplies for later

Vientiane Capital On Flood Alert

Nakarath City in Chao Anouvong Park Partially Submerged Under Water

Aug 19 – Vientiane Capital authorities are on high alert as they prepare to protect against flooding in some areas of the capital city, after water levels were reported to have risen to 11.2 meters. 11.5 meters is the alarming level while 12.5 meters is considered dangerous.

The Vientiane Capital Authority has requested that the …

Laos Has Not Restricted Foreign Media in Attapeu

Laos has not restricted foreign media

A little more than a week has passed since the collapse of Saddle Dam D at the Xe-Pian Xe-Nam Noy Dam on July 23, and rescuers continue to search for victims of the disaster, while aid has flooded in both domestically and from abroad.

News of the incident has been …

Dam Failure Due to Substandard Construction Says Minister

minister khammany dam failure

Minister of Energy and Mines, Dr Khammany Inthirath, told the media that the collapse of the Saddle Dam at the Xe-Pian Xe-Nam Noy Dam on July 23 was likely due to substandard construction.

The dam failure incident caused catastrophic damage to Sanamxay District in Attapeu Province, with hundreds of people …

Power Company to Accept Responsibility for Dam Collapse

power company to accept responsibility for dam collapse

The Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Power Company is to take full responsibility for the collapse of the saddle dam that caused a national emergency in Attapeu Province.

The company has so far refrained from making an official statement, however the Minister of Energy and Mines, Dr Khammany Inthirath confirmed in …