Going Southeast Asia? Have you Visa Ready!
Traveling abroad on vacation, holiday, or long-term, requires plannings such as reserving hotels, book flights, obtaining appropriate entry visas, and of course, packing appropriately. If you fly to Southeast Asia, fly.co.uk offers great deals on Thomas Cook flights. Check it out. As for budget accommodations (relevant great post), make a research on line for god and economical options.So if you are thinking of visiting Southeast Asia, you might ask yourself “what type of visas I need and for each of the countries?“. The good news is that most countries in Southeast Asia allow entry either without a visa or will grant one upon arrival provided that your passport is valid and has at least 6 months available. However, each country differs in requirements, so if you are planning to visit more than one country during your trip, it is a good idea to know these requirements beforehand.
American citizens can enter Brunei visa-free for business or pleasure if they provide a passport that is valid for at least six months. If visitors intend to stay in Brunei longer than 90 days, they must obtain a visa prior to arrival.
Passport holders from the United States can obtain a visa upon arrival at international airports and all border crossings into Cambodia. The cost of the visa is $20. If you plan to stay for more then two months, a business visa is your best choice. At the border, a business visa costs $25 and you can extend it infinitely while tourist visa can be extended for only one additional month.
Visitors from most countries can usually obtain a visa into East Timor upon arrival at the Dili Airport as well as the Dili Seaport. Visas are valid for 30 days and cost $30. However, visas on arrival may not be available at land borders.
Most Western travelers, including United States citizens, can obtain a visa upon arrival into Indonesia for a cost of $25. There is a maximum stay of 30 days, and passports should have a minimum of 6 months available.
American passport holders may attain a visa into Laos upon arrival for a cost of $35. The visa is valid for 30 days. Tourists may obtain a visa in advance from a Laos embassy or consulate.
Passport holders from the United States do not require a visa to enter Malaysia if visiting the country for business, social or academic intentions. American tourists may stay in the country for a maximum of three months.
American citizens visiting Myanmar for business and transit purposes may obtain a visa upon arrival for a cost of $30 while American tourists should obtain a pre-approved visa from a Myanmar embassy.
United States citizens may enter the Philippines without a visa for a maximum of 21 days. If visitors wish to stay longer, they can obtain a visa extension from a Philippine embassy or Bureau of Immigration.
American tourists do not require a visa to enter Singapore as long as they have at least 6 months available on their passports and do not stay longer than 90 days.
United States passport holders may visit Thailand visa free for up to 30 days if arriving by air and up to 14 days if entering by land.
For American tourists to enter Vietnam, they must obtain a pre-approved visa from a Vietnamese embassy. Visas may cost up to $90 and are valid for up to 30 days. keep in mind that you will have to state when you plan to enter the county since your visa will start ticking on this date. If you enter the country after this days, you will lose the days prior to the entry date.
Here is a note from an expat who lives in Vietnam due the increasing difficulties of the Vietnamese government approving re-application of visa for long term stay “This news from Saigon Times…..Raising the single entry Visa price is part of the problem…The rise in FEES across the board in Vietnam speaks to the decline Gov. revenues because of a faltering economy….this is going to make it worse..”
See relevant article in the New York Times
Travelers should note that visa and immigration laws are often changed and updated
, so it is always a good idea to check with local embassies, missions and bureaus before leaving the United States to visit Southeast Asia. You can also of course visit each country’s visa laws on the Internet.
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