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A friend of mine seems to think that I won't be able to get a visa on arrival for Laos. Because of songkran she thinks the office at the border will be closed. I think she is wrong but it dose no harm in checking. So will the office be open on the 18th?

 

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15 minutes ago, juice777 said:

A friend of mine seems to think that I won't be able to get a visa on arrival for Laos. Because of songkran she thinks the office at the border will be closed. I think she is wrong but it dose no harm in checking. So will the office be open on the 18th?

 

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They do not close for holidays. They are open every day of the year.

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3 hours ago, juice777 said:

A friend of mine seems to think that I won't be able to get a visa on arrival for Laos. Because of songkran she thinks the office at the border will be closed. I think she is wrong but it dose no harm in checking. So will the office be open on the 18th?

 

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The visa on arrival office will open. The only difference is that, on public holidays, they will most likely add a $1 "overtime fee" to the regular visa price.

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According to my month of April Bangkok Bank Calendar page the 17th of April is not colored as a holiday however the 13th and 14th are. Unless the colored dates are only meant for bank closures and not holidays, I am not sure.

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Well I just called the Thai Immigration Hotline number and the nice girl there told me that they are open for business as usual on the 17th. Hum..... I guess we will see.

That is interesting. I was quoting an "expert" on a Facebook visa group who also claimed to have phoned for confirmation! As you say, we won't know for sure until the day itself. [emoji52]
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15 minutes ago, brewsterbudgen said:


That is interesting. I was quoting an "expert" on a Facebook visa group who also claimed to have phoned for confirmation! As you say, we won't know for sure until the day itself. emoji52.png

 

Ok, a big apology to you brewsterbudgen. I was thinking that Monday was the 18th and I asked the hotline about the wrong date. I called back and they did confirm to me it is closed Monday.  Sorry again.

 

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Ok, a big apology to you brewsterbudgen. I was thinking that Monday was the 18th and I asked the hotline about the wrong date. I called back and they did confirm to me it is closed Monday.  Sorry again.
 

No worries. At least we have a definitive answer now!
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