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1. Posted by inanon (Full Member 85 posts) 9y

Hi, I posted another thread and had some help with what I asked. Since then I've done a lot of research into what I need to do for my travels. I just wondered if someone could verify this as being correct and secondly point out any mistakes. The reason for this is because from past traveling experiences I've been instructed I could get a visa from an embassy only to find out when I got there I couldn't which caused problems. Here is what I have gathered so far.

Flying to Thailand.
1. Passport
2. 1x Passport Photo
Free 30 day visa issued on arrival

Can enter into Laos from Thailand via Nong Khai over the Friendship Bridge
1. Passport
2. 2 x Passport Photos
3. $35
30 day Visa at border crossing

Can enter Cambodia from Laos via Poipet Border
1. Passport
2. 1x Passport Photo
3. $20
30 day Visa at border crossing

Can enter Vietnam from Cambodia via Bavet Checkpoint
1. Valid passport
2. Application form
3. One photograph
4. Visa fee £38 Postal Order (Payable to Embassy of Vietnam, London.)
5. Enclose a prepaid self-addressed return envelope + £5
Get visa in advance, 30 day visa valid for 6 months after receipt / Get in Bangkok

Can enter China from Vietnam via The Lao Cai border crossing
1. Passport
2. 2x Passport Photo
3. £30
Get visa in Hanoi, Vietnam. Tibet permission needed

Can enter into Nepal from China via Friendship Highway / Fly from Lhasa
1. Valid Passport
2. Application form
3. One Photograph
4. Visa fees £20 Postal Order (Payable to the Embassy of Nepal, London)
5. Enclose a prepaid self-addressed return envelope
Get visa in advance, 60 day visa valid for 1 year / In Lhasa, China for $60

Can enter India from Nepal via Sunauli, near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh
1. Valid passport
2. Correct visa fee (Student £30.00 6 months, £50.00, 1 year)
3. 2x Photographs
4. Application Form
5. Enclose a prepaid self-addressed return envelope (Special Delivery)
Get visa in Lhasa

I need to know if I can get a Vietnamese visa in Bangkok, A Chinese visa with permission to Tibet from Hanoi, If I can definitely cross into china via Lao Chi border, how easy and cheap it will be to cross China into Tibet and down to Nepal by land or flight (include any details or knowledge) If I can get a Nepalese visa in Lhasa, and Lastly If I can get an Indian visa in Kathmandu. I know its asking a lot :(

PS: Is the other information I posted correct?

Thanks in advance,
A lone traveler,
Craig

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 19, 2007, at 8:34 AM by Howie87 ]

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Craig,
You got most it correct.

1. Thailand will issue a 30 day entry permit on arrival, no photo needed. They take your photo when you are standing there.

2. If you enter Laos w/o a visa, they give you 15 days. 30 days if you get it in BKK before hitting the border.

3. Cambodia does give you 30 days on arrival, but you must insist that the cost is $20, not 1,000 baht. They try to get you to pay in baht. Don't have enough baht and point out the sign that says $20.

4. Do not bother with getting your VN visa beforehand. It is cheaper and faster in Phnom Penh. $28 in one day. The VN visa starts on the date you tell them you will arrive. Not when issued. Use a GH or travel shop, not worth it to do it yourself.

5. Cannot help with China, never been there. You can get your VN visa in BKK, but wait until Phnom Penh. Faster & cheaper.

Send me a PM if you have questions.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Howie

I went to Thailand, last November. U dont need the photo, but the other information u have is correct.
U also officially need a ticket out of the country, in order to be allowed into Thailand. But they rarely ask to see this.

I have not recently been to the other countries, so I cant comment.

Mel

PS. I went to Thailand, on an Irish passport. But I think the same rules would apply to those with a Scotish passport.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 19, 2007, at 10:19 AM by Mel. ]

4. Posted by inanon (Full Member 85 posts) 9y

Thanks. I'm still struggling to find out information on entering China from Vietnam, flights from Kunming - Lhasa and Lhasa - Kathmandu and If I'm able to get Nepalese visa in Lhasa and Indian Visa in Kathmandu.

5. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Hello Howie

I went to Thailand, last November. U dont need the photo, but the other information u have is correct.
U also officially need a ticket out of the country, in order to be allowed into Thailand. But they rarely ask to see this.

I have not recently been to the other countries, so I cant comment.

Mel

PS. I went to Thailand, on an Irish passport. But I think the same rules would apply to those with a Scotish passport.

scottish passport? i never knew one even existedl;)

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

If I can definitely cross into china via Lao Chi border

Yes, and it's easy. You walk across the bridge between the two on foot. The train station is a bit of a hike/moped taxi ride away from the border, but if you come down from Sa Pa, you can be dropped by the border, or just across the river at the Bus station. On the Chinese side, the bus station in Hekou is reasonably easy to find and there are a couple of sleeper buses each evening through to Kunming. There are asst hotels around if you need to stay for a night, although there's not much there and not allot to see except some odd bits of street art along the River front.

The railway line between Kunming and Hekou (and across the border) is currently being rebuilt, and at standard guage (formerly it was narrow guage) and due to open at some point in 2008. Expect the Vietnamese services to be recast at that point, with the likely addition of at least one Hanoi - Kunming through train every two days.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2007, at 9:52 AM by Gelli ]

7. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

Indian visa in kathmandu is ok. You can fly to Lhasa or enter by land but only as part of a package tour originating in Nepal. Going from Chendu to Lhasa on then on to Nepal seems to be the better choice. Let me know if you need more detailed info on this. Not sure about getting a visa in Lhasa but I got one at the border going from Tibet to Nepal.