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Record numbers at British Embassy visa service

High numbers of applications and an extension of service days marked the British Embassy's periodic visa service in Laos this week.

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Visa service customers
Visa service customers waiting to record their biometric data

A record number of 60 applications kept UK visa staff busy during the British Embassy’s visa service which ran from 5-7 February. VFS Global, the company in charge of recording the applicants’ biometric data and handling applications decided to expand the originally intended one-day service to 2.5 days because of unprecedented demand. Figures show a steady increase in numbers of Lao nationals travelling to the UK in the last 3 years as well as an elevated interest in organising tours to the UK from tour operators in both Laos and Thailand’s Isaan region.

Ambassador Malone said:

I am pleased to see more Lao citizens travelling to the UK both professionally and for leisure. With a 4 times higher demand than during our first visa service , I am confident we can professionally cater to visa applicants and maintain the high standard of service customers expect from us.

This week’s visa service, which operates approximately every 3 months, is the third time the British Embassy has held such a service in Laos, meaning that residents of the Lao PDR no longer need to travel to Bangkok to apply for a UK visa. Subsequent visa service dates are likely to be held in May, August and November 2014. For more information, please visit the UK Border Agency’s page on Laos.

Published 7 February 2014