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1. Posted by bushbaby (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Hello fellow travellers,

I'm travelling to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia in mid-october and would like to get some advise regarding getting visas to these countries. I'm a new zealander.

I'm pretty sure I don't need one for Thailand and will need visas to Vietnam and Cambodia. Just reading my guide book (A rough guide) it says that I can just get my visa for Cambodia when I land in the airport there- I'm flying to Phnom penh from Bangkok, is this advisable or should I get it sorted out before leaving NZ?

As for vietnam, I found this website https://www.visa-vietnam.org/apply-visa/index.html that will let u apply visa for vietnam, has anyone used this before?

Many thanks!!!

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 8y

If you haven't already, have a look at the Vietnam guide's Red Tape section and Cambodia's Red Tape section. It looks like both will indeed require you to get a visa and yes, Cambodia's can be obtained upon arrival, although it might be better to get the eVisa in advance.

If you find any inaccuracies in the guides, updates to the information are of course welcome!

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

James,
I would just stand in line and buy your Cambodian visa at Phnom Penh International. Have your visa photos, a $20 bill and fill out the form. You don't need an e-visa and you don't need to pay extra for speed. PP is also the best place to obtain your VN visa. I use Lucky, Lucky Motorcycle Rentals, but all GHs will get a VN visa for you. Of course you pay for the service, but it is not worth your time/effort to get it yourself. The visa fee is $25 for 30 days, but you will pay around $30 to the GHs. Going to the VN embassy twice and dealing with their officials is not worth $5 IMO.

I have a photo of Lucky, Lucky in my gallery. My blog has VN & Cambodia entries as well. Send me a PM if you
have questions.

4. Posted by pnptour (Inactive 1 posts) 8y

Hi there,

To travel in Vietnam and Cambodia, a visa is required. Visa requirements to Vietnam and Canbodia includes:

About visa in Cambodia:
A passport and visa are required when traveling in Cambodia. Tourists and business travelers may purchase a Cambodian visa valid for one month at the airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Both require a passport-sized photograph. You can obtain visa at many points:

Airports:
Phnom Penh International Airport
Siem Reap International Airport

Cambodia-Vietnam border:
Bavet International Check Point (Svay Rieng Province)
Kha Orm Sam Nor International Check Point (Kandal Province)
Koh Rohka International Check Point (Prey Veng Province)

Cambodia-Thailand border:
Cham Yeam International Check Point (Koh Kong Province)
Poi Pet International Check Point (Banteay Meanchey Province)
Osmach International Check Point (Odor Meanchey Province)

About visa in Vietnam:
Visas are exempted for the citizens of the countries, which have signed a bilateral or unilateral visa exemption agreement with Vietnam; tourist visa may be valid for 15 to 30 days.

Visa is issued at the Vietnamese diplomatic offices or consulates in foreign countries. Visa is possibly issued at the border gates to those who have written invitations by a Vietnamese competent agencies or tourists in the tours organized by Vietnamese international travel companies.

Application files for visa: the entrance application (printed form); two 4x6 cm photos; passport and fee for the visa issuance.

You are a New Zelander so a visa is required. It's easiser to get a visa from travel agents. They will need such information:Full name, Birthday and place of birth, Nationality, Job, Number of your passport, Entry and exit dates, Country you plan to receive your entry visa from the Vietnamese embassies or consulates

Also, you can apply for an evisa, too.

Have a nice trip.

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5. Posted by Mila87 (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y

A week before my flight to Vietnam (from Malaysia) I found out that yes, you do really need Vietnam visa in advance. I was in serious doubts about the e-visa (I think I even applied at that exact same website) and in the end I decided to follow everyone's advice and just get the visa from the embassy. E-visa are not always trustworthy.

As for Cambodia I had no problems obtaining the visa upon arrival. I entered the country by boat and we had to wait while the guys went to get our visa.

6. Posted by bushbaby (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Thank you for those who have replied so far. For those who have got their visas at the airports in Phnom Penh or Siem reap, can you please let me know how much it costed and how long it took at the airport? Thanks.

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting bushbaby

Thank you for those who have replied so far. For those who have got their visas at the airports in Phnom Penh or Siem reap, can you please let me know how much it costed and how long it took at the airport? Thanks.

Didn't you click on the link Peter gave above? The Red Tape section of Cambodia guide has this information. It's US$20.

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting Hien

Didn't you click on the link Peter gave above? The Red Tape section of Cambodia guide has this information. It's US$20.

Hien, Apparently he did not bother to read my advice as well. Hopefully 'bushbaby' will read my post before asking how & where to obtain a VN visa while in PP.

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9. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 8y

i've used the e-visa service to apply for a visa for my senior manager who is an american (my company is in singapore). i did that all via phone and email, and they were very helpful.

there was no problem whatsoever with regards to the e-visa, u just have to give the immigrations officers in vietnam a copy of the approval letter of the e-visa.

i trust it now, although at first i was a li'l doubtful. u can call them and talk to them. the guy manning the phones for that e-visa site (I think his name was kevin or kelvin) is really nice and helpful.

10. Posted by kookyjax (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Me and my boyfriend have just applied for e-visa for vietnam with visa-vietnam.org. we are from the UK and going in Jan

Any one had any experience with this one? I tried to get through to the Embassy in London but can't get through...

Any advice gratefully received! Would just like some reassurance that we're not going to have any issues when we get there!

Thanks