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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Cambodia

i will type this one out too.

U can get a one month visa(US20$ and one passport sized photo) on arrival at most land borders(except for those from Laos, and the Phnom Den/Tinh Bien Vietnam crossing) and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports. Getting your visa ahead of times will save u being overcharged at the land crossings. Also if you're planning an extended stay, get a one month business visa for US$25.

Visa extensions are granted in Phnom Penh. Tourist visas can be extended only once for a month, whereas business visas can be extended ad infinitum.

Officually an extension for one month costs US$30, three months US60, six months US$100 and one year US$150. However, the police will keep your passport for around 25 days. Strangely enough there's an express, next day service at inflated prices: one month US$39(for both tourist and business visas), three months US$80(only business visas) and so on. U will need one passport photo for the extension. Overstayers are charged US$5 per day a the point of exit.

Visit the new Immigration Office opposite Phnom Penh International Airport to arrange and extension

12. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Vietnam

U can get the visa at the borders
u need one passport sized photo.
Tourist visas are valid for a single 30 day stay and enable u to enter and exit the country via any international border(make sure to specify this when arranging your visa). Depending on where u acquire it, prices for single entry tourist visas cost around US$30 to US$60. Cambodia, where your visa applicaiton can be processed on the same day, is the most convenient place in Southeast Asia to get a Vietnamese visa. Bangkok is another popular place, as many travel agents offer cheap packages including both an air ticket and a visa.

If u plan to spend more than a month in Vietnam or travel overland between Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, it is possible to get a three month multiple entry visa. These are not available from Vietnamese embassies, but can be picked up for us$70 in Cambodia and for US$85 in the USA.

13. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Malaysia

U have to have a passport, valid for at least 6 months, beyond the date of entry into Malaysia. U will then be given a visa for 30 to 90 days, on arrival in Malaysia.

14. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 10y

Arrghhh seems so complicated! Why cant it just be like England where we let everyone in for as long as they want and give them all free benefits

Would it be best if I could get all visas in advance? Im thinking of just doing this rather than taking a chance at the borders.

15. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

It sounds complicated when you read about it & I got myself into the same pickle when I was preparing my trip to SE Asia. In reality when I was out there it was really easy. The longest hold up was waiting to get through the Vietnamese border through to Cambodia in the 35 degree celcius heat. Other then that no problems.

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 14, 2006 8:22 AM by Laura_B ]

16. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 10y

Visitors to Lao PDR can now get a visa on arrival for 30 days, up from 15 days previously.They can also get an extension of stay of this visa.The visa fee remains unchanged at US$30. The new ruling has already been effected.

Dana

17. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Quoting Beckiboo

Arrghhh seems so complicated! Why cant it just be like England where we let everyone in for as long as they want and give them all free benefits

Would it be best if I could get all visas in advance? Im thinking of just doing this rather than taking a chance at the borders.

Becki,
Of course you can do all this in London before you leave. It just requires going to each embassy twice or mailing your passport to the 3 separate embassies. Allow at least 5 days for each embassy if you use the mail. The US & the UK charge more for these visas than you will pay once there.

Cambodia & Laos will sell you the visa when you arrive. VietNam did not have this 'visa on arrival' system when I was there in Feb. What Mel posted is either very new or misinformation. Get your VN visa once you are in Phnom Penh or Vientiane.

Becki, You will have a great time once there. Relax and focus on the positive parts of your holiday. These visa questions will work out OK. I have made at least 10 trips into Cambodia, getting my visa; 'on arrival'. 4 times into VN, buying the visa in the US & Cambodia. PM me if you have additional questions.

18. Posted by simo74 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi all,
a few days ago I called the Lao embassy in Paris and they assured me I can get a 30-day VISA at any international border crossing between Laos and Thailand, as well as at the main airports, like Vientiane and Pakse. If I understand well they are not well informed:-( ...should I expect to get only a 15 day tourist VISA on the spot?? If so, will I be able to extend it only in Vientiane? How long does it take to get a Visa extention?
Please help me guys!! Thanks a lot in advance, cheers.
Simone

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