A Quick Visa Guide to Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia is an attractive land for those with an endless passion for travel. You are planning to travel to Southeast Asia however, sometimes the information about visas makes you confused. The following article will be a guide to useful details about Southeast Asian visas that you need to know. The dream of discovering the beautiful Southeast Asian wonderland has never been easier.

1. Vietnam Visa

  • Visa exemption countries

Travelers from the following countries do not necessitate a visa to visit Vietnam:

Length of stay Country
90 days Chile, Panama
30 days Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
21 days Philippines
15 days  Brunei, Myanmar
14 days Belarus, Korea, Japan, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, Italia, UK
  • Visa on Arrival
    These are only available through valid companies, you must arrive via air and it must be pre-arranged. They take around 3-5 working days and cost around $20 + visa fee on arrival.
  • E-Visa
    An online visa for Vietnam is now available and takes 1-3 working days (weekends and Vietnamese holidays excluded.) The E-visa for Vietnam costs $25 and lasts for 30 days of travel in the country.

    Kayaking in Vietnam

    Kayaking in Vietnam

2. Laos Visa

  • Visa exemption countries
    Tourists from the following countries do not require a visa to visit Laos:
Length of stay Country
30 days Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam
15 days Japan, Luxembourg, Switzerland
14 days Brunei, Myanmar
  •    Tourist visa
    Laos offers a 30-day visa on arrival for $35 (sometimes plus a minor administrative cost) to most nations. These consist of the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the UK. One passport photo is required for entry into Laos at all international airports, all land borders with Thailand, and certain land borders with Vietnam.

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3. Cambodia Visa

  •       Visa exemption countries
    Travelers from the following countries do not necessitate a visa to visit Vietnam:
Length of stay Country
30 days Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam
21 days Philippines
14 days Thailand
  • Tourist visa

A VOA, also known as a visa on arrival, costs $30 and is valid for 30 days. If you meet the requirements, you can apply for an e-visa for $37. Processing typically takes 1-3 business days.

4. Thailand Visa

  • Visa exemption countries
    Visit here to check if you’re eligible for visa exemption
  • Tourist visa: The following methods are available for passport holders from nations not covered by the visa-exemption scheme to apply for a Thai visa.

    Get a Visa on Arrival (VOA)
    Apply for an E-Visa online
    Apply for a Thai visa via a Thai embassy/consulate

    Krabi, Thailand

    Krabi, Thailand

    5. Burma/Myanmar Visa

  • Visa exemption countries
Length of stay Country
30 days Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand
14 days Singapore
  •   The E-visa for Burma costs $50 USD and grants you entry for 28 days if you are going to travel there by air. This tourist E-visa is available to citizens of more than 100 nations (including the UK, US, Australia, Ireland & Canada.) 

          You can apply for an e-Visa here.

Myanmar tours

Myanmar tours

6. Singapore Visa

The majority of tourists visiting Singapore are not required to get a visa.

For more information on visa requirements and the Visa Free Transit Facility, you can check with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or the Singapore Overseas Mission nearest to you. The visit permit endorsement in your passport will indicate the length of stay that has been authorized.

Travel to Singapore

7. Malaysia Visa

Visitors from most European nations (including all residents of the European Union, the UK, etc.), North America (including Canada, the USA, and Mexico), South Africa, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates do not need a visa to enter Malaysia and can remain for up to 90 days.

Travelers may apply for a Malaysia visa online using an online application form, doing away with the requirement to visit an embassy or consulate.

8. The Philippines Visa

Under usual circumstances, most nationalities can receive a 30-day visa exemption on arrival in the Philippines for free.
To check if you’re eligible, you can visit here. Travelers who can enter must complete a health form at least 3 days before their arrival in the Philippines.

9. Indonesia Visa

Travelers must possess a valid passport issued by one of the 160+ nations having exemption agreements in order to be eligible for entrance without a visa. To check if you’re eligible, you can visit here. The application for an Indonesian visa can be completed online or in person at an Indonesian embassy or consulate, depending on the visa.

Lombok, Indonesia

For further advice on visas to  Southeast Asia, you speak to our experts at [email protected]

 

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