Laos taps on single visa door

Lao PDR says it will consider joining Thailand and Cambodia’s single visa scheme launched late last year saying it will help to boost Mekong region tourism. A senior official at the consular department in Vientiane told the Vientiane Times, last week, that the government would hold talks with Cambodia, possibly at the end of this month, to understand more clearly its experience with the visa. … Cambodia Tourism Minister Thong Khon told Phnom Penh Post that a Laos-Thailand-Cambodia single visa was discussed during the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Co-operation Strategy (ACMECS) meeting last month in Laos. However, he said he was not aware of the planned study visit. “I hope that Laos will join us to discuss this issue as soon as possible,” he said. “We are also looking forward to co-operating with other countries, as the single-visa scheme will help to ease travel for tourists.”