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Kaam Samnor Border Crossing, Cambodia Visa, Laos Visa

Posted by kpop on 10/6/2009 at 02:57

Hello All!

I have a few visa related questions:

1) Is it possible to get a Cambodia visa on arrival at the Kaam Samnor/Ving Xuong border crossing?

2) Is the standard Laos tourist visa for 15 days or 30 days? I would be entering from Vietnam at the Dien Bien Phu crossing and getting my visa at the border.

3) For both Cambodia and Laos visas, are the border officials particular about your photos? Do they need to be a certain size, etc? I was planning to print a few 4" x 6" head shots, white background.

Thank you for all your advice and wisdom!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 10/6/2009 at 08:16 admin

1) Yes
2) 30 days
3) Standard passport photos are fine -- background need only be plain.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 10/6/2009 at 08:27


Did you read the post up the top of this page...

It answers your questions, but, to save you looking..

1 = yes.

2 = 30.

3 = yes, very much so. Must be what is called 'passport' sized.


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Posted by kpop on 10/6/2009 at 12:01

Thank you!

Yes, I did read that post. I didn't see anything indicating either way for the visa on arrival at that particular border crossing, or for the photo sizes. As for the Laos visa, there is varying information all over the web, and that post is from 2006, so I thought it safe to ask again. Didn't intend to waste anyone's time - appreciate your quick responses!

As for the photos, to my knowledge, there is no universal passport photo size. For example, the photo required for the Vietnamese visa is 4cm x 6cm. I see that this website states a 3cm x 4cm photo for Cambodia. I imagine Laos may have it's own ideal size, but I can't seem to find anything on that. I'm mostly wondering if I will have problems at the border if I print one size of photo (let's say 4cm x 6cm). Worst case scenario, I pay a "fine"?? I'm hoping it's nothing to stress about ;)

Thanks again and take care.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 10/6/2009 at 13:30


Hey, I'm really happy when I learn something more...

There isn't anything on that website about size of photo - only 'passport sized' (which many, but clearly not all understand).

That website does advise on the Tay Trang border crossing - but as you indicate, it doesn't link that name to Dien Bien Phu.

And, it says nothing about the availability of Cambodian visa at Kaam Samnor.

Those of us that read this info repeatedly must get blind to these little things.

- - - -

I now see your point about photo size. I misunderstood your question as you chose imperial rather than metric terms - your initial post said 4" X 6" headshots. " = INCHES (so, 100 cm by 150 cm)!

I've used a range of sizes between 4 x 6 cm and 3.5 x 5 cm. And, never had any rejected. But, the usual is 4 x 6 cm. All those countries do is put YOUR photo on their application form for their records. So, I don't see them making a big deal over it.


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