You can however exit Laos and enter travellers entering Thailand from the Lao PDR or other country do not need a Thai visa.
Note also that the regulations changed in June 2009 and restrictions on entries to Thailand apply to tourists and foreign residents of neighbouring countries.
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The full list is on display at the Visa Application window.
Other transport options from the bridge include the commuter bus which is usually crowded, but cheap at 4000 kip. Sharing a taxi or tuk-tuk are possibly the best choices.
Mini buses with their transport and tour prices displayed on a board in the arrivals area are available too.
You can apply to each country's Embassy (allow plenty of time) or get all your visas in one go from an agency like If there is no Lao Embassy or consular office in your country, such as the United Kingdom (Paris is the closest), then unless you're from one of the excluded countries, just arrive at the Lao border with US and a photo, and get a VOA.
Click the image on the right to see, save or print out the Arrival Visa Form.
Visa Services may still be offered by Nongkhai travel agencies, guest houses or hotels and other shops near the bridge when selling tours to Laos.The Immigration office is in the 'bank soi' off Lang Xang Avenue opposite the Morning Market. can be issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with a Work Permit and Foreigner ID booklet.On the corner is the Joint Development Bank (JDB) head office which has ATMs for VISA and Master Card. It must be applied for locally by a potential Lao employer or sponsor and will cost upwards of 0. Requires only photographs and passport and takes about a month to process. An easier alternative is a monthly "visa run" exiting and returning to Laos (same day no problem) without limit.If you are in a group, this might be an economical option if you want to go somewhere specific.Foreign visitors already holding visas can use this service too, but as the visa on arrival takes some time, the bus may leave you at the Bridge.