Visa service for UK launches in Vientiane, Laos

Published on September 30, 2013

A mobile UK visa application service will start in Laos this month

A mobile UK visa application service will start in Vientiane this month, meaning residents of Laos will no longer have to travel to Bangkok to submit a UK visa application. According to the British Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Philip Malone, from now Lao customers can make an appointment to attend one of the mobile visa clinics at the British Embassy in Vientiane to complete the application process.

The new mobile visa clinic will be available approximately every three months at the British Embassy in Vientiane, with the first to take place on September 26.

The information was revealed at a press conference held recently by the British Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Philip Malone. He said, He is pleased to be able to introduce this service to residents of the Lao PDR. The new service reflects the importance we place on strengthening the relationships that the United Kingdom has with the Lao people and the desire to see more people from here visit, do business, invest and study in the UK for the benefit of both two countries.

The ambassador said customers applying for a UK visa previously had to go to Bangkok in Thailand to provide their biometric data (fingerprints and digital photograph) and submit their documents.

Now Lao customers can make an appointment to attend one of the mobile visa clinics at the British Embassy in Vientiane to complete the application process. Applications are then sent to the visa-processing hub in Bangkok to be assessed by UK Visas and Immigration staff.

Further information about the mobile visa clinics in Vientiane and how to apply for a UK visa can be found on the Thai pages of the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Source: LNTV Lao News in English