Today there was a text message in English to students and schools, we will check in a few days, although schools may confirm sooner.
"Effective October 1, 2019,
The Royal Thai Embassy in the People's Democratic Republic of Laos will only issue ED visas to students who are enrolled in a Thai language course with a prescribed curriculum and for a 1-year course. Student visa applications for English language courses will no longer be accepted.
The embassy will reject applications for those who have a valid ED visa and intend to obtain a new annual ED visa, including those outside the study program.
Foreigners wishing to apply for a visa for the Lao PDR must travel to Laos directly from their home country. The Royal Thai Embassy will reject applications from those coming from Thailand for a visa."
Original: "With effect from 1st October 2019,
The Royal Thai Embassy in Laos PDR will ONLY issue an ED visa for students who enrolled in the Thai language course with proper curriculum and is for a 1-year course. ED Visa for English language courses will no longer be accepted.
The Embassy will reject applications for those with existing ED Visa and intend to obtain a new one-year ED Visa, as outside or beyond the curriculum.
Foreigners who wish to apply for a visa in Laos PDR should travel to Laos PDR directly from their country. The Royal Thai Embassy will reject applications from those who travel from Thailand.
I can add: this geographical complication will lead to the collapse of the small language schools that sell packages of documents for visas, the labor ranks of illegal workers in six months to a year noticeably thinned, because they can not get new student visas.
Freelancers will obviously leave the country. Not everyone will dare to get a visa in Moscow.
Let's see. So far only texting and the preceding mass refusals of new student visas in Laos and Vietnam.
THE WEBSITE OF THE THAI CONSULATE IN VIENTIANE HAS NOT YET CHANGED.