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hsoa

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  1. For single entry tourist visas, does the consulate in Vientiane require onward tickets, hotel bookings or proof of sufficient funds? In the past, none of these were necessary. Has this changed? Are they asking for any of these items these days? Can anyone respond?
  2. The Vientiane Consulate website was up again on Monday, March 11. Registration for an account was straight forward and immediate (and required no telephone calls). When I signed in about 8 pm, the first available appointment was on March 26, which I took. I received an email immediately. >>>Your appointment has been set. Your appointment is on Tue 26, March 2019 from 09:00 - 12:00 at the Consular Section of the Royal Thai Embassy, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Please Print or Show this email message once you get to the Consular Section of the Royal Thai Embassy, Vientiane, Lao PDR. You will be expected to arrive for your appointment at exactly 30 minutes before your schedule. Even if you arrive early, you will not be entertained until 30 minutes before your appointment, <<< My queue number in the mid 200's. Does this mean that I'll be standing outside the gate in the sun for about 3 hours? Could be a fun day.
  3. For single entry tourist visas, does the consulate in Vientiane require onward tickets, hotel bookings or proof of sufficient funds? In the past, none of these were necessary. Has this changed? Are they asking for any of these items these days?
  4. I am planning a visa run to Vientiane. How soon can I return to Thailand with a single entry tourist visa? I would like to be outside for just 3 nights. I am concerned that there might be a problem at the Nong Khai border. Do I have to stay out of the country for some (kind of) specified period of time? I am coming to the end of an extension to a single entry tourist visa. In November, I flew into Thailand from outside of the region and received a 30 day visa exemption with my US passport. I got a 30 day extension in December. At the end of December, I did a visa run to Vientiane. I stayed one night, received a single entry tourist visa, and returned via Nong Khai. In February, I got the 30 day extension which is soon to be finished. Prior to November, I was in Thailand for 2 weeks in August, flying from and to a country outside of the region. I was in Thailand from January until the start of May, 2018, on single entry tourist visas from Vientiane and extensions. I have never had any trouble with Immigration or visas anywhere. On this trip, I would like to spend just 3 nights in Vientiane before returning, so I would be outside of Thailand only 2 days. Are there reports of trouble with such a short turn-around these days? I am aware of the new requirement to register online for an appointment to submit applications. Any other recent changes in Vientiane? Have they begun to enforce a policy on onward tickets, for example? Thanks for any help!
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