How To: Make a Thai visa in Vientiane (Laos)

Making a Thai visa in Vientiane, Laos, is very easy and does relatively cheap. It takes you two days to do it if you plan ahead. In this post I will describe my experience about doing it as well as informing you on how to do it.

What do you need to make a Thai visa in Vientiane? Not a whole lot and everything can be fixed on the spot.

First of: Do not pay anyone outside the consulate to help you because they charge you a lot for nothing. Just go straight inside once you arrive.

You will need:

  • Copy of your exit stamp from Thailand in your passport (if you have one)
  • Copy of passport
  • Address in Thailand
  • Passport
  • Document
  • 2x Pass photos
  • 800-3000 baht (depending on what sort of visa you apply for)

All you need to bring is your passport and the money, in Thai baht. The rest can easily be fixed on the spot for a small price.

How to do it:

  1. Do NOT go to the Thai embassy. You need to go to to the Thai consulate. You can tell the driver “Thai Visa” and he will know, if he does not know then ask another driver as there are plenty of them around. Pay about 20-35 000 kip for one way ticket from the area by the river, usually they can wait outside for you for the same price on the way back.
  2. Once you get there between 8:30 – 11:30 AM, go inside the gates and walk along the path and go straight inside the building on your left hand side.
  3. While in there you get your copies done, cost about 20-40 baht. You can get your form there for free and also have them fill in your form for you, costs about 50 baht. Takes about 10-15 minutes all in all.
  4. Once that is done you just go out and go straight from the building, there you see a desk with some staff and hand in your papers. Then you get a receipt and you are done.
  5. Come back the next working day between 13.30 and 16.00 to get your passport and visa after you pay your fee.

I would advice you to not be there at opening hours. Go around 9.30-10 30 AM because there can be huge lines in the morning and there is no point to stand and wait in it. Usually there are less people at the end of the weeks.

Also make sure that you know your address in Thailand, now it is a requirement to provide it and you can get denied if you do not.

If you do not mind spending a few days in Vientiane then my best advice is to go on a Friday. That is the less busiest day since you will get your passport back on Monday if you apply on Friday.

I have done this two times now and it really is no problem at all. I hope this post helps you to get your Thai visa in Vientiane. Good luck and Safe Travels!

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