visa on arrival - Lao to Cambodia

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1. Posted by miha (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


does anyone know if it´s possible to get a visa on arrival for cambodia at DON DET (Lao border)?
because there is so many contrafusing info that i dont know what is true

THANKS a lot :P

2. Posted by lukeg1980 (Budding Member 20 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey I travelled the same route last year and found it diffilcult to get a visa for Cambodia while in Laos. I ended up loosing a couple waiting for the visa while I was in Vientiene. As the border crossing your referring to is a little on a the sly, there is no way to get a visa.

In fact you need to bribe a guy with heaps of gold teeth, the going rate is about $3US. Its a pretty easy transaction, they call it an overtime tax. The transport usually is an adventure, we took a ute to about 30mins from the border then jumped into a mini bus. The minibus however was full of car parts, as in a complete car but in pieces which we helped move into the first ute! As with everything else in asia, you just have to go with it.

So in answer to your question, it really is not the area where you want to get stranded so def get a visa from Vientine.

Hope this helps.


3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Agents in Pakse can arrange to get one done there, and you can also get one in most other towns and cities in Lao.

The border there as of approx last (Lao) New Year is now a legal crossing for foreigners, unlike previously where it was only officially open to locals, although bribing people and paying extorsionate boat fares was an easy enough way to cross it anyway.

6months ago it was begining to be possible to get a visa there (going south only), although it was a newly opened post to foreigners, and brules were still, erm, flexible. I didn't go that way, but I met several who did, and one swore that at the time (Mar 2006) it was then possible to get a Cambodian visa at the border (he had a photo of the kiosk which explicitly mentions visa on arrival), BUT not A Lao visa for people heading North.