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1. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Hey Guys!Just wondering if any of you lot know about this!Im doing a round the world trip, and I will be flying into Bangkok from Japan, do I need any pre-organised visas to get into Thailand (Im from the UK)????Also we were planning on doing the whole Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore route by train then onto Bali which we understood we would get our visas before we entered the country........anyway we have since decided to use air asia flights so when we arrive into each country we will be arriving by plane, does this mean visas ect will be arranged upon arrival at the airport?do we need to already have our visas for the next country when we get onto the plane?Help is most appreciated!
Thanks!

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Certainly for Thailand and Bali you will just get your passport stamped at the airport and you have your visa. Not sure about overland to Malaysia and Singapore, maybe others can help you out with that one.

3. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Cheers for the advice Dave!Just got to work around the whole Malaysia thing now, Im assuming if I travel overland Thailand-Malaysia I can just get my visa issued in Bangkok but still wondering if I decide to fly from Thailand straight to KL, it may be another just stamp of the passport or fill in the relevant forms on the plane type job?!?!?!If anyone can help me with this, it would be most appreciated!Cheers guys!

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 11y

I just did some looking into this.

Malaysia

Quoting Lonely Planet

Commonwealth citizens and most European nationals do not need visas for visits of less than three months. Visitors are usually issued an extendable 30- or 60-day visa on arrival.

Singapore

Quoting Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs

application for a visa has to be done prior to arrival in Singapore

from here

However, they seem to have a thing called a 'Social Visit Pass', which looks like you can get at the airport. In addition, they also say that

Nationals of the Commonwealth Independent States may be granted entry into Singapore without visas if they are on transit to a third country.

Such a transit is valid for 96 hours.

Thailand

Quoting Lonely Planet

Most visitors can stay for 30 days without a visa.

Indonesia

Visa regulations have been in a state of flux since 2002, with changes being made in response to political imperatives and then reversed when pressure is brought to bear by tourism interests. Nationals of 21 countries, including Australia, the US and some European countries, are able to obtain a visa on arrival in Indonesia. Visas on arrival can only be obtained at designated international airports and seaports and Indonesia requires at least 6 months validity remaining on passports for visitors entering the country. Two visa types are available to passengers arriving at a point of entry where the 'visa on arrival' facility is offered. These are a three day short-stay visa for 10.00 and a 30 day visa for 25.00. Payment must be made in US dollars on arrival. It is recommended that travellers have the exact US dollars cash available as not all entry points will have full bank facilities in place until late 2004. Citizens of a further 8 countries, mostly in southeast Asia, do not require visas. All other nationals will need to obtain a visa before arrival.

Basically, Bali is a confusing mess. I believe the UK would be among the 21 countries able to get a visa on arrival though.

5. Posted by chalkers (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

Hey Guys,

Im not understanding this - Im flying into Hongkong from Frankfurt as part of my RTW trip, on an Australian or British passport (I have both). Im spending 2 weeks here before flying to Bangkok. From Bangkok I am either flying or travelling overland to Singapore, where i am only spending 3 days, after a futher 2 weeks in Thailand.

Im not sure what happens in regards to visas/passports!?

Do i need to prearrange a visa or do i just get a stamp in my passport or what....do either of these cost anyhting....

Clearly i have NO idea....pls HELP

Kind Regards,
Chalkers

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 11y

Quoting chalkers

Hey Guys,

Im not understanding this - Im flying into Hongkong from Frankfurt as part of my RTW trip, on an Australian or British passport (I have both). Im spending 2 weeks here before flying to Bangkok. From Bangkok I am either flying or travelling overland to Singapore, where i am only spending 3 days, after a futher 2 weeks in Thailand.

Im not sure what happens in regards to visas/passports!?

Do i need to prearrange a visa or do i just get a stamp in my passport or what....do either of these cost anyhting....

Clearly i have NO idea....pls HELP

Kind Regards,
Chalkers

Hey Chalkers, you should check the consulates of these countries. They will always be the ones with the most up to date information.

Singapore seems confusing to me, but I dare say you would get one of these 'Social Visit' passes, whatever they are. I'd check with the consulate.

Thailand, as stated is visa free for most countries for stays up to 30 days. I would imagine Australia is one of those countries, but you'd better check on their consular website.

You definitely do need to confirm this before going though! It's no fun being kicked out of a country because you don't have the right paperwork. So many places give visas on arrival that it is easy to be complacent.

7. Posted by chalkers (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

Thanks for the advice. I will ask my travel agent to get onto the consulates for me...

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 11y

Ah, well, if you have a travel agent, they should be able to give you ALL this information! :)

9. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Hey!Thanks so much guys for your help!Its great!