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1. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

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Hi all travel warriors,

It's been sometimes I didn't visit this page.
Must been busy these few weeks.

Alright, got a question regarding entering certain countries.
I'll be applying a "Working Holiday Maker VISA" to UK.
Ok, I'm planning a trip to London, but instead of flying direct frm Malaysia I'll go by the Trans-Siberian Railway frm Beijing to London ( http://www.seat61.com/Trans-Siberian.htm).

My main concern is, normally how a person enter a country.
Erm..meaning I'll required a VISA to enter China, so I'll probably got my VISA in M'sia it self before I fly there.
This train will gonna start the journey entering Mongolia, Russia, German, Belgium, France and finally entering UK.
Of course it's best to acquire all the travel permits or VISA all by it self in Malaysia. What I need to do, assuming I wanted to bump in to other countries that I didn't plan earlier before I fly to Beijing. Lets say, all sudden in Belgium I plan to stop by in Amsterdam, is it that I just need to show the Netherland officers my passport (without any VISA for that particular country) and enter, which this is my doubt, or what's the other way for me to get in to other "unplanned countries" which might pop up my interest for all sudden.

Not too sure whether you guys face this problem.
Pls advise. Thank you.

Doubts,
Nick

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 12y

Hey Nick,

Unfortunately visas are just a reality of travelling! It is best to get all visas needed before you leave your country like you say. I'm not sure how it applies to Malaysians, but generally once you're in the EU, you can travel around any European country without a visa as a tourist. You need to check this with the various embassies though, as different rules apply to people coming from different countries!!

Getting your visas in advance can also backfire by the way; my wife got visas for Hungary and Czech Republic before we left, because it was required for Australian citizens. Now, only weeks ago they have both joined the EU and all of a sudden she doesn't need a visa anymore, meaning the money spent on those visas was a waste!! Well, apart from the pretty papers in the passport of course -- perhaps collector items now :)

Good luck with it - it's often a painful process (if you're not an EU citizen), but unfortunately a necessary one.

cheers, Peter

3. Posted by Biggy (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

Hi there Kody,

I checked your profile and it says that you're a Malaysian citizen. This makes it easier because Malaysian citizens do not need visas to enter most (or maybe all) European countries. I know this for sure because my mother is a Malaysian and she travels a lot in Europe for work and pleasure.

I can say with all confidence that Malaysians do not need a visa to enter all countries in Western Europe. For example, you mentioned that you might want to go to Amsterdam when you're in Brussels, so you can go to Amsterdam and stay there for up to 3 months as a tourist. In England, you can stay there for 6 months as a tourist and etc etc...

When you're in the Eastern Europe, I'm not too sure about this. It's best if you check out with the embassies in KL. If you want to enter a country that requires you to obtain a visa and it's the country that you didn't plan to go to in the first place, then you can still look for their embassy and obtain it in the country that you currently are. They would normally issue you with it (not too sure with this either). - I have seen many Malaysians otaining the French visa in London (In the old days). So, it might be possible, I guess.

Have a good one!

4. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

Thanks for that info.
I'm wondering how's the process when I only needed to cross countries. Only by passing certain countries. A train from Beijing to London will pass by countries like Mongolia, Russia, Poland, German, Belgium, France, and then London.
All I know is that, I need a VISA to Enter China and UK.
How about the rest of the countries? Do I need all of them?
Or is it something related to the VISA Transit or things like that? Please advise.
Thank you.

Regards,
Nick