Visas available at Attapeu checkpoint


Visas are now available on arrival at the Phoukeua international border checkpoint, which is located in Attapeu province at the border of Laos and Vietnam.

Many tourists visiting southern Vietnam wanted to visit Laos by entering the country at the Phoukeua checkpoint, but were turned away because they could not obtain visas there.

Phoukeua became an international border checkpoint in January this year and is located close to where Laos , Vietnam and Cambodia meet. The three countries were developing an economic triangle, and the visa changes could help promote trade cooperation.

Visas on arrival in Laos for the citizens of certain countries were first available in 1990 at Wattay International Airport and then in 1994 at the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai.

Making visas available on arrival was initially aimed at facilitating visits of delegations between Laos and its neighbors, but now it also aims to boost tourism, according to Mr Daophet an official from Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There are now 19 international border checkpoints in Laos, but visas on arrival are only available at 16 of them, according to the Consulate Department. You can not obtain visas on arrival at checkpoints in Oudomxay, Saravan and Xekong provinces.

Oudomxay authorities have asked the government to allow visas on arrival in their province.

But Mr Daophet said facilities in that location were below required standards, because there was not a suitable supply of water or electricity, and there were no offices for officials.

Before we arrange to provide visas on arrival, we have to ensure there is enough demand and there are between 100 and 200 people getting the visas each month, he said.

More than 100,000 visas on arrival are issued to tourists in Laos every year.

The majority of these are issued at Wattay International Airport , the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai, and the Vangtao border checkpoint, located in Champassak province on the border of Laos and Thailand .

The government recognizes three types of border checkpoint in Laos .

An international checkpoint can be used by Lao citizens and citizens of all other countries.

A local checkpoint can be used only by the citizens of two neighboring countries.

A customary checkpoint is used by people living in the neighboring provinces of two countries.

 

TWO CATEGORIES OF INTERNATIONAL CHECK POINTS IN LAO PDR.

Those International Check Points are allowed to the Lao citizens, overseas, foreigners citizens who holding passport in accordance with its stem visas are given by Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Embassies or General Consulates of the Lao PDR at broad for entry and exit the country.

The first categories of the International Check Points can be able facilities for travelers who already have had stem visas only, But they have no full right to obtain the visas upon arrival the check points consists of 11 the International Check Points as below:

1. Houayxay (Lao) - Xiengkhong (Thai)
2. Thakhek (Lao) - Nakhonphanom (Thai)
3. Savannakhet (Lao) - Mukdahan (Thai)
4. Vangtao (Lao) - Xongmek (Thai)
5. Namphao (Lao) - Cautreo (Vietnam)
6. Densavanh (Lao) - Laobao (Vietnam)
7. Naphao (Lao) - Chalo (Vietnam)
8. Boten (Lao) - Bohane (China)
9. Namkane (Lao) - Namekane (Vietnam)
10. Namsoue (Lao) - Nameo (Vietnam)
11. Parksane (Lao) - Beungkane (Thai)

THE SECOND CATEGORIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHECK POINTS:

Those International Check Points are allowed to the Lao citizens, overseas, foreigners citizens who holding passport in accordance with its stem visas are given by Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Embassies or General Consulates of the Lao PDR at broad for entry and exit the country.

Besides, the second categories of the International Check Points have had full right to obtain the visas upon arrival (visa fee 30 US$) at the three International Check Points as below:

1. Wattay International Airport.
2. Louang Prabang International Airport.
3. Friendship Bridge


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