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Loas visa run Houei Xai

Posted by WinstonRumfoord on 25/1/2011 at 17:09

Has anyone done a visa run from Houei Xai to Chiang Khong and back to extend a stay in Laos?
Also I have a 60 day Thailand visa, will that be used up? So when I cross a second time to Thailand, by this crossing, will I only get a 15 day visa for Thailand?

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 25/1/2011 at 22:28

If you already have a Thai tourist visa in your passport they will probably stamp it unless you ask otherwise and then it's at the discretion of the immigration officer. Maybe if you explain you're just doing a visa run and want to use the visa later they'll be cool about it (I've had mixed results) and just give you a standard 15-day visa exempt entry.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 25/1/2011 at 22:30

woops double post

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Posted by WinstonRumfoord on 18/3/2011 at 16:47

Thanks Captn.
Turned out the detour to Houay Xai would have been too much hassle, but for anybody else interested this is what I found:-
Two people, including a European married to a Loatian, said that the Loas immigration had no problem with border runs. Also, when I left via Houay Xai the officer at the Departure window said there was no problem with me then popping across to the adjoining Arrivals window and buying a visa back in (would even save the boat across the Mekong).
I was unaware at the time that visas can be extended (per day) at Luang Prabang as well as Vientiane.

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Posted by christay2009 on 8/7/2011 at 04:45

I am looking to do a couple of Visa run's to get a new 30-day Lao visa.

From the post above, It looks like It is mostly up to the discretion of the Visa official on the Lao side? Ideally, I would just like to "exit" Laos then double back without going into Thailand. It seems like this might be more likely at one of the less popular border crossings but I guess we shall see!

If I did have to go to the Thai immigration, I guess I could always try the same thing and ask if they will let me turn around and go back again without entering. Does the 90 day maximum Visa rule apply for Thai land crossings? So I could, in theory, go into and out of Thailand 6 times?

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 8/7/2011 at 18:41

Chris the "90 day" visa thing was abolished a couple years ago. You'll get a 15-day visa exempt entry free of charge. No need to avoid entering Thailand, just turn around and go back to Laos same day.

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Posted by christay2009 on 8/7/2011 at 18:57

Thanks for the response Bob. Can I just keep getting 15 dayers, in theory? Obviously If I had 30 in my passport there might be some questions but it would never get to that.
:)

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 8/7/2011 at 21:40

Yes in theory if you have page after page of visa-exempt entries the immigration officer on your next attempt could refuse you another one, but it's not like the 2006-8 era when they literally had to add up your number of days/entries during the past 6 months and then send you back to the Thai consulate to get a real visa if you were over the "limit".

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