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1. Posted by daniG (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

hey
just wanna check things here...
I'm leaving in 2 months on a round the world trip, and i'm going to south east asia at the end..round about april - june time next year.

I'm going to thailand, vietnam and cambodia..i'm british...do i need to get visas before i go? also, i'm only going to thailand for around 30 days, but will be re-entering thailand to get flight to china. so, do i need to get a 60 or 90 day thai visa, or can i chance it at the borders, or is there a multiple entry visa? I know i can get cambodia and vietnam at the borders.

any help is much appriciated!
thanks
dani

2. Posted by daniG (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

also...is it too far in advance to get a visa now since i wont be going there for months?

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

Quoting daniG

hey
just wanna check things here...
I'm leaving in 2 months on a round the world trip, and i'm going to south east asia at the end..round about april - june time next year.

I'm going to thailand, vietnam and cambodia..i'm british...do i need to get visas before i go? also, i'm only going to thailand for around 30 days, but will be re-entering thailand to get flight to china. so, do i need to get a 60 or 90 day thai visa, or can i chance it at the borders, or is there a multiple entry visa? I know i can get cambodia and vietnam at the borders.

any help is much appriciated!
thanks
dani

Currently, you get a free 30 day tourist visa for Thailand, although I think this will soon be changing. So if you are re entering Thailand you may need to arrange a 60/90 visa. Not sure on this so I'll have to find out for you.

For Vietnam, you should arrange this visa in advance. Bangkok is a good place to get your visa, you can either go to the Vietnamese embassy or a travel agent can arrange this for you for a small fee. You usually have to wait for 3 working days, you can get it done quicker then that, but will have to pay more. It's important that you know what date you will be entering Vietnam, as your 30 day visa starts from the date it states & not actually the date you arrive in Vietnam. Therefore you will loose days if you arrive in Vietnam after the date your visa states. Although I think you're right that you can now get a Vietnamese visa when you arrive, not sure how this works as it's fairly recent.

Cambodia- you can get a visa on arrival for $20. I think there maybe restriction at some of the less used border crossings, so check in advance.

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

Hello danig
I posted a reply to this question, to somebody else, last week. I will see if i can find it, and copy and paste. The person is also a UK citizen.
Mel

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

Hello again

Looks like u dont even need a multi entry visa, for Thailand. Every time u leave and reenter the country, u get a new 30 day one just like that. But i have heard about newly imposed visa rules, for Thailand, so check the following info, with the consulate.

Thailand
There are 3 ways to extend your visa.
1. Just cross any border, to any country, outside Thailand. Then come back into Thailand and u will get another 30 day visa free of charge.
2. U can extend your visa at the Thai immigration office in Thailand for 7 to 10 days for 500B.
3. For around 30 US dollars u can buy a 60 day tourist visa in Thai embassies around the world. It will take around a week, to get it.
I will look up the info, for the other countries, later

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

Oh, i forgot, as far as i know u dont need get the Thai visa, before u go.
Mel

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

Here is the copy and paste for Vietnam

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.

8. 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

9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Vietnam
U can get the visa at the borders

Interesting. Although things are slowly changing, As far as I was aware and in my experience, you can NOT get a Vietnam visa at any border crossing (excepting Scandinavian and a few other nationaities who can get 15days for free at the border). You must have it in advance, although you can get one if you arrive at either Hanoi or HCMC airport. Even then you may have to have a form and pre arrangment (I've never flown in, so don't know).

Vietnamese visa's can only be got 3months in advance, and tourist visa's are for 1month. However, you have to specify the dates on the visa, which doesn't always leave much wiggle room. When in Vietnam it is possible to extend tourist visa's once for up to 30days, in most tourist areas/big cities.

Thailand you get at the border, although they are shortly to crack down on the many illegal workers doing visa constant runs, whereby, i think, you will now only be allowed to enter 3times, before you have to stay out of thailand for 90days.

Cambodia is best to get beforehand (although you can get it at the main borders, such as Poipet, almost all cross-border bus services who offer visa at border services end up charging you 10usd - i.e. 50% extra - commission, which you don't know about beforehand). border, and not available at all borders), but easy to get via any hotel or travel agency anywhere in Vietnam and Thailand for normally only a dollar in commission.

Basically, get Thailand when you arrive, then a couple of days befoer you leave BKK for Cambodia, get your Cambodian one then. And then get you Vietnamese one in Phnom Penh via a hostel/Agency a couple of days befoe you continue to Vietnam.