Laos To Cambodia, Nong Nok Khiene/Trapeang Kriel (MAY 2016)
- Parked, went to ‘departures’ window on right, paid $2 each ‘stamp fee’
- Immigration officer stamped passport with exit stamp
- Walked to window ‘3’ opposite (vehicle entry/exit), stamped Carnet, didn’t want to see or collect vehicle paper filled in when entering Laos, didn't look at the vehicle registration documents and didn't inspect the vehicle at all.
- Drove to barrier just after border buildings, passports checked. Officer asked Andy directly “you pay money?” to which he replied “NO”… officer shrugged his shoulders and said “OK go”.
This border crossing was relatively fast and quiet, we crossed at 9am on a Sunday morning and there were no queues. It was quite unfriendly- corruption was present with different ‘fees’ being applied to different people. We paid for our car to be ‘disinfected’ but not for a personal medical check like other tourists. It may be worth getting an e-visa in advance just so you don’t have to deal with the visa service people and not give them the satisfaction of trying to rip tourists off. The Laos officer accepted a firm “no” to his blatant request for cash which worked but the Cambodian visa officials were more persistent and aggressive.
This information is about our experience applying for visas and crossing borders. Obviously please try and find the most recent information you can as visa application and border information changes daily. If you have any questions please feel free to email us.