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1. Posted by brouillard (Budding Member 30 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hey to all :)

What's your experience with Visa by arrival?

You arrive by plane, you change money and you can get a Visa and paying with the money from that country?
Or is it, like someone told me, that you need US Dollar, doesn't matter where you are, to buy Visa by arrivals?

If you arrive there, you will have the possibility to change money before you get a Visa, right?
Where do you have to go to get a Visa by arrival. Can you get it directly by the Check-out?

Do you need to have other things with you? Passport photos (in a format which you hardly can get...), an Visa application form, or something?

My actual question is: If I arrive at the airport and want to get a Visa by arrival, is there something I need to know or need to have with me, which if I wouln't have it with me, they would refuse to give me a Visa?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3579 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

You don't state what country you are visiting. Both Cambodia & Laos accept USD for their visa fees. VN has a visa on arrival system only for those flying into VN. $25 stamp fee at Immigration. You will need an approval letter from a VN travel agent before arriving. My blog talks about my experience flying into SGN. Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore do not charge most western countries for their visa.

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

As Mike states, VOA is a little different for each country, but USD is the normal currency of choice, and it's a good idea to have it with you when you arrive. I just completed my 5th trip to SE Asia, and I use VOA exclusively (with no problems).

When you ask any visa questions, you should state where you intend to travel, as well as the passport you hold.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1936 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Different countries different rules. For many tourists from Western countries like US, UK, Australia and most of Europe several Asian countries allow you to enter free for a set period of time. You just line up with other tourists and get your passport stamped with date and how many days you get.

Need more time then you can obtain a tourist visa ahead of time.
So, what country passport will you be entering with and what country are you visiting?

Sample Visa Exemption for Thailand:

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Dec-2012, at 19:58 by karazyal ]

5. Posted by brouillard (Budding Member 30 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

thanks for the quick replies.

Well, I posted it in the Asia group because I'm wondering about more or less all the asia counties.
I'm going to india, where I already have a visa. Then from there I'm going to Nepal, there I need a VoA.
Afterwards I want to continue travelling around Asia and visit as many countries as possible. Where I need always a VoA...

I'm a bit annoyed to need to have US- Dollars with me. I'm from Switzerland and have swiss francs and of course euros, for india the indian rupees. And just for the case of the case that I have to pay the visa with US dollars, I have to take us dollars with me...?! :(
I would prefer to pay with the local money...

But if it's like that, than there's no choice...

6. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 415 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Euros are almost as widely accepted as US dollars, now. But you should check for each country whether they accept Euros or not, for VOA.