There has been an increas in visa charges which started on 1/1/2009.
The following is paraphrased from the Vientiane Times:
$2.00 extra. Tour companies will no longer be charged 5% profit tax to flow into the Tourism development Fund.
Those who enter on a border pass will pay $1.00 ie Thailand, Viet, Cambo, Myanmar and China. Diplomatic, official or business travel will be exempt.
Will come into effect on 1/1/2009
No visas required for Japan, Sth Korea, Russia and most Asean countries.
Other visas currently cost from $30 to $42
Technically I guess that tours should now cost less. I wouldn't hold my breath for tour companies to cut prices though.
The question of Laos visa has come up in my preparations to head into the country sometime in the next few months.
I read that the visa had now been extended to 30 days and the travelfish info board on visa requirements etc. says yes, this is so.
I have a friend who has just gone into Laos & said you must FLY in to get the 30 day visa - an overland was 15 days only.
Was he just unaware that he could insist on the 30 day at the border? And will I get any hassle if I request the 30 day on an overland crossing? It just isn't practical for me to fly in esp. when I'm going to be so close from here in Thailand.
#2 sologirl has been a member since 15/8/2006. Posts: 4
I'll double that. 30 days on arrival when you come into Laos.
Sologirl ... what your friend said is true for Thailand.
And, if you arrive before the border "technically" opens, or after it has "technically" closed, or if you arrive on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, you will be charged an extra 10,000 Kip. It's officially called "Overtime." Other posts say that it will cost you U$1, but Kip seemed to be the going currency. And, it probably didn't help that the U$ isn't worth 10,000 Kip.