Hey all, this is my first post here but I've been lurking for a while.
I'm planning on a RTW trip next year, but I've come upon some confusion when looking at how to apply for Visas.
The websites I've looked at have said that they require some sort of travel itinerary sent along with the application. This'd be fine if I was flying out of each country, but I'm not. I had planned on going by land from between each country. The basic idea of the trip was to fly into Singapore, and then travel up to Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China then to Russia to catch the Trans-Siberian railway across to Moscow, and then onto Europe.
So what do I need to do? Do I have to book each coach or train journey between countries before I apply for the Visa?
Living on an island has its disadvantages. I've never had to go to another country by land before :P
I am not entirely sure here but I think the Vietnam, China and Russia ones are the real tricky ones. With Thailand you can get a visa upon arrival which lasts for about three weeks. I think Malaysia has a similar thing and I know that a lot of folk heading to Laos/Cambodia were getting their visas in Thailand, rather than having them in advance.
There's been some discussion on the Russian and China ones here recently and it really looks like you have to get those well in advance.
I'm not an expert really on any of these countries though, but I am sure someone will be along shortly that will be
ps. Welcome to TP (as a poster)!!
Quoting Sam I Am
I am not entirely sure here but I think the Vietnam, China and Russia ones are the real tricky ones.
China is actually pretty straight forward and easy. They ask where you'll go, you just put down a few normal tourist destinations. Once you're in China you can then go where you want (except you need a permit for Tibet).
Vietnam was a pain because they wanted to know the exact date and place that I would enter and leave. Once you are in the country, you can go anywhere you want.
Russia is a pain because you need an "invitation", which can basically buy through a visa service, but sometimes have to book a nights accomedation. Hopefully a visa service can get you an "invitation" for a fee without actually having to book a hotel.
Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Loas, Cambodia you can simply get on arrival. Check ahead to make sure they issur visas on arrival at all "land" border entry points.
If you book the Trans-Siberian rail ahead of time, they may be able to help you get the visa.
I don't know how long you're trip will be, but be careful when getting the visas, as some are good for a certain amount of time form the DATE OF ISSUE. So you'll want to make sure the visa is still valid when to will you arrivae in that country.
I'm planning to pickup visas as I go along. I'm going to get my China and Vietnam visas whilst in Hong Kong for a few days. I will also need to get my Lao visa whilst in Vietnam or Cambodia because I will be entering in the South of Lao through the Cambodian visa
Hey guys, thanks for the replies.
I was getting nothing from the embassies across here and working nights it was kinda hard for me to phone them up.
So that was just China, Vietnam and Russia I have to deal with now.
Thanks again, you've lessen the number of things I have to do considerably.