I'm planning a trip in Asia at the end of the month and just sorting out some Visa's. I'm planning to go to Vietnam, Cambodia, Loas, India & Pakistan. Are there companies that can get you all the visa's at once or do I have to get them one at a time??? Or is it easy enough to get them on the boarder??
It depends on how you enter. If by road, research Lonely Planet. By plane is not a problem. However, it is cheaper, and a much smaller headache if you get your visas through their consulate offices in your country. Each country is different and has unique policies. Therefore check each country's policies.
I traveled (flew) into Cambodia by plane and got a visa on arrival. However, I had to pay more to do it than I would have if I got my visa in advance. I wanted to travel by road from Cambodia to Laos, but couldn't do it because they don't offer visas at that border crossing. So, I had to fly.
I've visited all these countries, except for Pakistan, recently (actually I'm in India at the moment) and here's how it works:
- for India and Vietnam, you can't get a visa at any border, you have to get them before you enter the country. Moreover, the Vietnamese visa start from the date you enter the country while the Indian one starts from the date it's issued so that's something you have to think of if you're travelling for a long time. I don't know which route you're going to travel but, FYI, i had my Indian visa done in Hanoi.
Also, when applying for both visas, your passeport will be retained by the embassies, so you can't have both done at once...
- as for Cambodia and Laos, visas can be obtained at the border but not at every crossing so, as gwelty said previously, you need to check beforehand.
Hope this helps.
If you fly into Cambodia first, pay your $20 and get a 30 day tourist visa on arrival. Get your VN & Laos visas while in Phnom Penh. If you fly into VN, you need to get your visa in your home country or contact a VN travel and get a 'visa on arrival'. It costs $50; $25 for the travel agent, $25 for the stamp at the airport. Get your India & Pakistan visa while in HaNoi. Cambodia offers visa on arrival at most border crossings. Have a great trip.
it mite help with Pakistani visa... it says visa from UK can be issued in 24-48 hours..
Cheers & have a safe trip...
Depending on how long you are planning to spend in India and how long it is until you get there, you could possibly get this before you leave. The visa that I got issued was valid for 6 months from the date of issue, so as long as you plan to be out of there within 6 months from when the visa is issued then you could get it done before you leave. Like others have said a Cambodia visa is easy to get on arrival in most cases. A Vietnam visa is like spootnik said only one thing was slightly wrong unless it is different for UK passport holders to Australian passport holders. With the Vietnam visa I had to show proof of onward travel and entry date. The visa was issued for the entry date I gave as when I was entering, so if I changed my mind and wanted to enter earlier it would have been tough luck I couldn't have got in until on or after the entry date the visa said. So the visa was issued for 30 days from the date I said I planned on entering so you must have that date set in mind. The return date isn't so important as the visa is issued for 30 days whether you say you are there for one day or say you are there for 30 days. Both the visa for India and Visa for Vietnam were issued very quickly and for no extra fee, so as long as you are not leaving it until the week before departure you should have both visas within a total period of two weeks if you have to post the passport like I had to. I haven't been to Pakistan but going by what rola_jutt says it appears they are about as efficient with issuing a visa as the Indian embassy is.