I'm in Vientiane at the moment and I'm considering getting the 60-day visa for Thailand from the Thai embassy here. I was wondering if you think this is the best option for someone who was crossing by land border from Laos to Thailand? Does anyone know how much this costs and how long it takes to process? I was thinking this was the best option as the 15-day visa seems too short for my trip and to get an extension sounds pretty pricy for such a short amount of time - I hear it's only 7-10 day extension?
Thanks for your help.
#1 dorial has been a member since 8/11/2010. Posts: 5
I agree with Tilapia, get the free 60-day Tourist Visa. I did exactly that about a month ago, and they are still free through next March.
You have to go to the Thai Consulate (not the Embassy) one morning between 9am and noon (I think), and you pick up your passport again the following day between 1pm and 3pm. The crowd was pretty big for both parts when I was there, and I suspect it always is because it's a popular visa-run spot, but the lines move quickly enough and you don't have to worry about an interview or any other weird things happening.
When you get to that open-air consulate area you'll be accosted by people out front offering to help you fill out your form for a few dollars, but you can easily do it yourself during the time between when you take a number and that number is called to get back in line. You also need copies of passport pages, which you can get done cheaply from a machine upstairs, and two photos, which employees will help you paste onto the application.
Yes, get the visa. It's free of charge and you can get a single or double-entry visa for the same price (free). The consulate is open M-F and applications are taken at 8:30 when the gate opens (get there early). You're given a number and then have your passport, application, photos, and signed photocopies of passport ready. They'll give you a receipt for pickup between 1-3pm next day. Can be very busy especially on Mondays.
When you pick up your passport check the dates on the visa and make sure they are correct. I've seen/had some errors in the past which needed to be corrected immdeiately. Once you walk out of there it then becomes impossible to fix any mistakes. It should be valid for 3 months (timeframe within which you have to start using it). Number of Entries will indicate either "S" or "2".
With this tourist visa in hand most nationalities get a 60-day entry which is extendable at Immigration offices in Thailand 30 more days. Double-entry means you do a border hop to activate the 2nd entry.
I did get the visa in Vientiane in the end and this was definitely the best option. 60 days have been stamped when I arrived at the border crossing from Laos to Thailand. Applying was very quick in Vientiane - I applied in the morning (importantly you must get there well before 12 noon as the queues are big) and received the visa the next day in the afternoon. I would definitely recommend to anyone else!
Thanks everyone for your help!
#5 dorial has been a member since 8/11/2010. Posts: 5