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The Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, Laos

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In this video we will be discussing the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane, Laos and we are specifically discussing this during the COVID-19 lockdown albeit the latter phases of the lockdown and we are discussing it within the context of, I think that we are going to see a lot of Visa Runs and Border Runs which are going to immediately be happening in the aftermath of COVID-19 lockdown here in Thailand. That being said, it remains to be seen the details of exactly how that is going to work out. 

Notwithstanding that, this is a video for general purposes. I am getting into general information about the Thai Embassy in Vientiane but to some extent I am doing it for folks who may need to pretty abruptly try to do a Border Run or a Visa Run in the aftermath of this recent Visa Amnesty associated with the COVID-19 lockdown in Thailand. 

The address of the Thai Embassy in Vientiane, Laos is 316 Rue Bourichane, Vientiane, Laos. 

Another thing understand is all Thai Embassies and Consulates do things a little bit differently. Vientiane has recently instituted an online appointment system that requires folks who are looking to get a Visa through their Consular Section to make an appointment before visiting the Embassy; at one time it was just kind of a queue up and it was first come first serve. You basically got there as early as you could and you queued up in line. That has ended. They have an appointment system now and that has really changed the way in which Vientiane processes things and Vientiane was and is and remains a very popular destination for seeking visas to remain in Thailand oftentimes by backpackers and tourists because that particular Embassy is relatively close by and it is pretty easy to get to by various modes of transport. I remember years ago the first time I went to Vientiane, Laos I went there by overnight train; it is not just required to fly up there. You can do a Border Run, drive up there depending on where you are at and it may be quite a long drive but there are various ways in which to get to Laos in order to get a new Visa. 

Also understand, different Embassies do things differently. What may have worked at the Thai Embassy in Cambodia may not necessarily work at the Thai Embassy in Laos. So, when dealing with a visa application, understand that the plenary power vested in the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted to Embassies and Consulates abroad provides a great deal of latitude to those folks to make factual determinations on a case-by-case basis. It also provides a great deal of administrative discretion to determine how they want to see a visa application processed. This can even lead to variances from post to post with respect to the type of supporting documentation they may want to see. 

So, what may work for example in Vientiane, Laos may not necessarily work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia or Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. So just because you have done a Visa Run to one Embassy,  if you have never dealt with Vientiane before, it may be a good idea to contact a legal professional if you have some trepidation about dealing with that particular post in order to gain some insight into how that visa application is going to be processed.