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    Getting Laos visa upon entry at Thai-Laos border: photographs?

    Hello,

    I'm in Chiang Mai and plan to enter Laos at Huay Xai and get my visa from Laos authorities at the border. Does one need to bring passport photos to get the visa? Guidebooks are unclear about this: one declares that you can get by without the photographs for a small extra fee, but the other says nothing about this. So far I haven't noticed any places here in Chiang Mai that will take passport photographs (but I only started looking). I asked at one travel agency, and they'll get you a visa (takes a couple days) but don't take passport photos.

    Most interested in whether I can get the visa upon entry without bringing photos. Barring that, any ideas where in Chiang Mai I can get photos taken?

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    Re: Getting Laos visa upon entry at Thai-Laos border: photographs?

    There is a passport/visa photo shop behind the Chiang Mai Immigration Office in Airport Road about 400 m toward the airport from Airport Plaza. 100 B gets a set of 4 photos.
    Last edited by Bob; 06-08-11 at 02:31 PM. Reason: error

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    Re: Getting Laos visa upon entry at Thai-Laos border: photographs?

    How can you miss them, Chiang Mai being a big City there are plenty of Shops which take photographs, almost all Shops if not all which have Photos developed also take Passport Photographs.

    And if you are unsure about Regulations need/or not need Photograph I would always choose that you need it, it's not expensive and if you don't need them in the end just keep them for the future there will always be a situation where you might need them again.

    Anyway where do you stay in Chiang Mai, why not asking Hotel Staff or somebody outside, a Local Shop Owner etc., everybody will know where you can find a Shop which takes Photographs.

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    Re: Getting Laos visa upon entry at Thai-Laos border: photographs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    There is a passport/visa photo shop behind the Chiang Mai Immigration Office in Airport Road about 400 m toward the airport from Airport Plaza. 100 B gets a set of 4 photos.

    Thanks! I ended up getting them at the 'Fujfilm' place on Th. Moon Muang a little up from Th. Rachamanka. 4 photos, 80 baht.

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    Re: Getting Laos visa upon entry at Thai-Laos border: photographs?

    Wow, cool, u got a good deal at THB80!
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    Re: Getting Laos visa upon entry at Thai-Laos border: photographs?

    I've looked at a few guidebooks and they all say you need a photo and the name of the hotel you are staying.

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    Re: Getting Laos visa upon entry at Thai-Laos border: photographs?

    I know this is an old post but thought i'd answer the question again as things have changed since the 4th Thai/Laos friendship bridge was opened and i only did this journey a month ago. You need 1 recent passport style photo to enter Laos via land border. Most borders offer a "photo service" if you don't have one, but it's not free. It's always cheaper to get a batch done before going. You should be able to get a batch of 6 for around 100B from any photo / camera shop. Having a hotel booking is not a requirement. India and China do insist on that requirement however. Farang can no longer use the ferry service. They no longer have the facilities for the correct international stamps in passports at the ferry crossings. So even if you already have a VISA, you still need to cross via the 4th friendship bridge. Only Thais and Laotians can cross via ferry.

    There's a 10,000kip or 40B entry/exit stamp fee, Laos side, not Thai side. Also, you will have to pay another 25,000kip/100B for the shuttle bus across the 4th Thai/Laos friendship bridge. You are not allowed to walk. Laos is a lot more expensive than Thailand too, so the tuk-tuk to take you the 13km into town from the bridge will cost more than what you're used to on the Thai side. Best way to leave Huay Xay is via boat to Pak Beng or Luang Prabang.
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