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Savannakhet, a visa to die for ?

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Is this what its got like now?  I thought visa companies didn't go there?  when I went back in Feb only about 30 people maybe less

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This is most likely due to stupid appointment system in Vientiane. Watch them implement the same thing very soon.

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This may seem stupid but is there a different door queue for picking up the visa? if you arrive before 12 and they are still open taking applications until 1pm don't things get confusing ?

 

 

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A friend of mine went today and he said almost empty. A 10 min affair and he was done.

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51 minutes ago, richiejom said:

Is this what its got like now?  I thought visa companies didn't go there?  when I went back in Feb only about 30 people maybe less

Same Same I Went in February too & There were only 40 or so in front of me.....

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Seems you really need to avoid Mondays and Thursdays due to the visa run companies.

 

I lodged my application the day before and it was quiet.

I did see the huge queue for lodging the next day when I arrived to pick mine up.

 

As for the queue jumpers, I agree.

 

I arrived to pick up my visa at 1220 and there were half a dozens bags

left at the front. I moved in front of the bags. IMO, that's the advantage

you get for queuing up an hour and a half early.

 

Dropping a bag off 2 hours early and then buggering off and expecting

to come back and go the head of the queue is a bit untidy I think.

 

Just as an aside, would it really hurt for the embassy to put a couple of fans up and maybe some bench seats! After queuing for over 90 minutes I was sweating like a rapist.

 

Definitely think appointments will be compulsory if the volume keeps up.

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Yup, the absolute a-holes who show up late and cut in line brings my blood to a boil. A few years ago it used to be absolute chaos at Vientiane when the time came to pick up your passport (in the building to the left, back then). People with ticket number 300+ would barge up to the front of the queue, elbowing people with numbers below 20 out of the way, completely unashamed. The place was so packed you couldn't really do much but try to squeeze oneself closer to the counter.

 

It became so much better when they actually started to enforce the queue numbers a few years later.

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Will,  different strokes . . .

As for the first 50+ at the start of the queue, rather than standing in midday sun, which there is absolutely no protection from, it makes sense to drop bag as placeholder, and stand under the shade of trees ( for which those that are lined up along the roadside benefit from.)

After standing for hour+ and wanting to go across the road to buy cold drink or use toilet. l then, by leaving my bag there , have 'buggered off' thereby forfeiting my place in the queue.  This, is my reading of your comment.

As you stated : after 90min you were sweating like a Rapist. Some of us had the sense to stand in the shade. Im also not a fan of this type of queuing, but untill the authorities come up with a better system, what is the alternative, cheers.

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