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Anyone crossed from China into Laos recently?

Posted by christay2009 on 13/9/2009 at 09:10

I am probably going to attempt to cross in Laos at the end of this month from China. I was wondering if anyone had any experience of doing this recently? there is a lonely planet post from 2008 which suggests its as simple as getting an overnight bus from Kunming to Mengla then a direct bus [around 8am] to Luang NamTha...

I'm heading to Laos 20 or so days early, i'm moving on from China after one Visa extension. Additionally, i am presuming that you still cannot get a visa on arrival if you fly into Vientiane?

Thanks, from Hangzhou

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Posted by christay2009 on 13/9/2009 at 09:11

edit: not after one visa extension, just after 'one visa' [30 days]

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Posted by yozza2009 on 13/9/2009 at 20:05

Firstly, you can obtain a visa on arrival at Vientiane airport. You must produce one passport photo. The charge for myself was $32 for a 30-day visa.

Regarding China, I met one nomad who had crossed the border recently, he said it was straight forward. But that was all he said on the subject.

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Posted by christay2009 on 14/9/2009 at 12:27

Visa on arrival huh, that makes things abit
more interesting! Thanks for the reply

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Posted by somtam2000 on 14/9/2009 at 12:47 admin

Yup, Lao visa on arrival is available at Vientiane and also at the land crossing at Boten.

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Posted by christay2009 on 24/9/2009 at 16:49

think i'll be giving myself 2/3 days to do this just incase. I dont want to be stuck in China with an expired visa. I'll post how it goes...

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