Visa Info

I am not much of a planner when it comes to travelling, I like to go with the flow. One thing I do research before I go however, is Visas. Being denied entry to a country and having to take a flight back or waiting for hours at the airport after a long flight is never fun.

Here is the information I have picked up along the way. Feel free to message me with updates or anything you feel I need to add.

The below information is correct for citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, the UK and most other European countries. With all countries your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entering.

Thailand

Free 30 day tourist visa Exemption upon arrival by air. If arriving by land you will only receive 15 days unless you are from the following countries who will receive another 30 days UK, US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy. You can arrange a 60 day Tourist Visa at Thai Embassies in major cities of neighbouring countries or your own country before entering Thailand.

A Tourist Visa Exemption can be extended for 30 days for 1,900THB at any of the Immigration Offices throughout the country.

Singapore

A 14 or 30-day tourist visa is granted upon entry to Singapore. Duration of pass depends on nationality and point of entry. US citizens receive 90 days. You will need to show an onward ticket. Extensions of up to 90 days can be applied for at the consulate in Singapore.

Myanmar

Visas should be arranged in advance at a travel agency or Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok, the cost is 810 THB for a 28 day visa, taking three days to process. The Embassy is closed Saturday to Monday inclusively. You can now apply for a visa online. Visas can be extended for up to 14 days in Yangon. Ask at embassy for details of costs

The Philippines

Tourist visas are free of charge upon entry for most nationalities for a stay up to 21-30 days. You may be required to show a valid onward ticket. For longer stays you can apply for a tourist visa before arrival at a Philippine Embassy. The cost for a 3 month single entry visa is usually $30. When in the Philippines, you are able extend your 21 day visa for up to 59 days at immigration offices for a fee.

Vietnam

Visas must be arranged in advance. You can do this at the Vietnamese embassies in whichever country you are in, at a travel agency or online (www.vietnamvisaconsultant.com). It costs between $35- $65 for a 30 day visa and can take 1-4 days. You need one passport sized photograph. 30 day extensions can be obtained from travel agents in major cities. The process can take up to 5 days and the fee is usually USD$30.

Laos

30 day visa on arrival. The cost ranges from $20 – $42, depending on nationality. At the Thailand/Laos border if you pay in THB, fees can be more expensive. Visa extension: Visa extensions can be applied for in the Vientiane or Luang Prabang Immigration Office, which costs US$2 / day for 30 days. Extensions can also be obtained from some travel agents for around US$3. 90-day extensions are available, ask the embassy for details.

Indonesia

30-day visa upon entry, which costs $25 USD. (Cost varies depending on point of entry.) Payments can be made in US Dollars only. You will need 2 passport photographs with two blank pages. An onward ticket is also needed. Penalty for late departure is up to $20 a day. For more than 60 days overstaying you risk deportation or imprisonment.

Cambodia

30 day tourist visa upon arrival which costs $20 $30. At the Thailand/Cambodian land border, the fee can be more expensive as the cost is paid in THB and is rounded up considerably. You will need 1 or 2 passport photos. Penalty for late departure is USD$5 a day

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