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Laos visa. Airport? Pictures req?

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1. Posted by Calvin117 (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

So trying to get a laos visa in hanoi vietnam during tet is impossible (the laos embassy is closed). And thats a fact. But I have opted to go for the visa-on-arrival flying into the Airport in Laos (also to avoid the 22 hour bus ride from Hell, or so im told).

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if there will be any problem with this - but the trouble is I dont have passport photos and dont know where to get any in Hanoi. Will I be ok to get a visa anyway without the pictures? I dont care if they charge a bit extra or whatever. I just dont want to get there and have them tell me no dice because I dont have a few lousy pictures. THanks a lot for anyones help!

Calvin

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1654 posts) 7y

Quoting Calvin117

So trying to get a laos visa in hanoi vietnam during tet is impossible (the laos embassy is closed). And thats a fact. But I have opted to go for the visa-on-arrival flying into the Airport in Laos (also to avoid the 22 hour bus ride from Hell, or so im told).

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if there will be any problem with this - but the trouble is I dont have passport photos and dont know where to get any in Hanoi. Will I be ok to get a visa anyway without the pictures? I dont care if they charge a bit extra or whatever. I just dont want to get there and have them tell me no dice because I dont have a few lousy pictures. THanks a lot for anyones help!

Calvin

Hey, if the application says "need photos" then get them!

It has been a few years since I was in Vietnam but I don't think you will have a problem getting photos for a visa there if the stores are open.

Even Vietnamese have to have passport photos and other identification photos on documents. I would find the nearest photo shop and ask them, if they can't do it perhaps they can direct you. Even your embassy in Vietnam may be able to give you some advice - if they are open!

Where are you right now? Why can't you get your photo taken at the place you are presently at? With today's technology getting a passport or visa photograph is pretty easy. I think that a photo for Laos may be 2X2 in. but verify. Get some extra photos it will only be a few cents more anyway.

Run a Google check and see what passport photo services or photo studios are available in Hanoi. Communist countries always have lots of ID photos taken to keep their people in line. Only fly in the ointment is will the stores be open during TET?

Good luck.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Calvin,
I was in HaNoi over Tet back in '06. Almost everything was closed, but not the photo shops. You can have them take a few with your camera, print and cut them to size. Simple, cheap way to solve the problem. Or have them take them with their passport camera.

I landed at SGN with the 'visa on arrival' system last year. A couple behind me had no visa photos. The VN Imm guy said, "no problem", took out a Polaroid and charged them an additional $5.00. Laos will probably have the same equipment. I would get them done today at a HaNoi photo shop.

4. Posted by laos_info (Budding Member 42 posts) 7y

if you do not have a photo then the visa desk will just charge you an additional USD1 (and not even take a photo of you).

5. Posted by Calvin117 (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

Ah right on guys, thanks for the tips.

Im gonna try to find some photo shops again today in the old quarter of Hanoi. They may finally be open (so says the guy who works at my guesthouse.

But a note to future Tet travellers... if you travel durning this time, do try to plan ahead. Get visas in advance, pictures, tickets, whatever. Its possible to find these things but it is far more difficult as just about everyone in vietnam has closed their shop, is drinking, or is eating. That being said, Tet rules.