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I am a citizen of Hong Kong, Macau and United Kingdom

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1. Posted by seashel86 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

Hi need your help.

I am a citizen of Hong Kong, Macau, China and United Kingdom. I am off travelling to southeast asia, countries include vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Samatra, Bali and the phlippines.

Which one shall I use?which one is the most convienent?Visas cost?

Thanks for your help :)

2. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Visa exempt, if in place, usually operates on a reciprocal basis.

As far as I know, UK passport holder may travel to Malaysia and Thailand without visa for 90 and 30 days respectively for tourism/visit purposes. Looking at this list of visa requiring countries for visitors to UK (and therefore the reverse will apply to UK passport holder when travelling to these countries), rather unfortunately, seems like you will need to get visa for Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Philippines, should you choose to travel with the UK passport.

From what I gather, China requires visa application from just about everyone, so it stands that any Chinese passport holder will be required to have visa to the countries that they want to visit. From that standpoint, travelling on Chinese passport may not be the most suitable option.

I have no idea what sort of reciprocal visa system is in place for Hong Kong and Macau citizens.

You should be able to get the information on visa costs from the relevant embassadorial/consular websites.

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 6y

Quoting lil_lil

Looking at this list of visa requiring countries for visitors to UK (and therefore the reverse will apply to UK passport holder when travelling to these countries)

This is an inaccurate presumption. There are some countries in that list that a UK passport holder does not need to get a visa before travelling.

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 6y

Quoting lil_lil

Visa exempt, if in place, usually operates on a reciprocal basis.

As far as I know, UK passport holder may travel to Malaysia and Thailand without visa for 90 and 30 days respectively for tourism/visit purposes.

For Thailand, only if you enter through international airport, you will be getting 30 days. If you enter through land, for example Vientiane into Nongkhai, you will only get 15 days. So if you are entering through land and planning to stay more than 15 days, it is better for you to apply for visa so you don't need to visa run.

5. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Quoting mojorob

This is an inaccurate presumption. There are some countries in that list that a UK passport holder does not need to get a visa before travelling.

I know that's not an absolute condition, hence why I started my post stating that's usually the case when visa exemption is in place. In any case, I've had a look at the various embassy sites and what I said remain correct in this instant. For all the countries that seashel86 would like to visit (with exception Malaysia and Thailand), a visa is required.

Quoting opospa

For Thailand, only if you enter through international airport, you will be getting 30 days. If you enter through land, for example Vientiane into Nongkhai, you will only get 15 days. So if you are entering through land and planning to stay more than 15 days, it is better for you to apply for visa so you don't need to visa run.

You're right on this, and thanks for bringing it to attention. I didn't realise there's a 15 days visa rule if entry by land (as I'm a Malaysian passport holder and therefore gets 30 days by land, therefore I have, in this case, wrongly assumed that it's the same). :)

6. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 6y

Quoting lil_lil

Quoting opospa

For Thailand, only if you enter through international airport, you will be getting 30 days. If you enter through land, for example Vientiane into Nongkhai, you will only get 15 days. So if you are entering through land and planning to stay more than 15 days, it is better for you to apply for visa so you don't need to visa run.

You're right on this, and thanks for bringing it to attention. I didn't realise there's a 15 days visa rule if entry by land (as I'm a Malaysian passport holder and therefore gets 30 days by land, therefore I have, in this case, wrongly assumed that it's the same). :)

You will only get 30 days if you enter by land from Malaysia (Bukit Kayu Hitam-Sadao, Padang Besar- Padang Besar, Betong-Pengkalan Hulu, Tak Bai-Pengkalan Kubor, Sungai Kolok-Rantau Panjang, Buketa-Bukit Bunga etc etc.). However, if you enter from other countries like Cambodia or Laos, you will only get 15 days. My friend (Malaysian) only get 15 days entering Thailand at the Friendship Bridge.;)

7. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Thanks for the information. I will bear that in mind for future when I travel in SEA. It is a pity that I have not yet explore much of SEA, but moving away to Europe means I've spent much of my travelling time here, or when I return to Malaysia I usually spend my time catching up with friends and family that very little travelling plans can be made. :)