Vietnam,Laos,Cambodia Visas. Not motorcycle related.

Discussion in 'Asia' started by Garry H., Jan 25, 2007.

  1. Garry H.

    Garry H. nocopsondirt

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    Did a quick google but all I found were travel agents...

    One question someone here may know the answer...

    Can we just front up at an airport or border crossing in these countries and get a tourist visa for a few days stay (like Thailand) or do we have to apply in advance through an embassy/consulate?

    One Aussie and one Kiwi passport want to visit one of these countries for about a week...(Hell, I want to visit for a year or three but the Mrs thinks buying a house and looking after (her) kids is more important...)

    Thanks for any info and apollogies for non advrider topic.
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  2. AusStealth

    AusStealth Bohican

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    Vietnam requires that you obtain a visa before entry. There is some other scheme for pre-application and then collecting one on arrival, but I don't have any details. I had my local travel agent arrange a standard visa, the cost was equivalent to about US$50.

    Normal entry to Thailand (i.e. via main airports) does not require any visa. Don't know how you'd go at minor land border crossings.

    Laos requirements are not known to me.
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  3. RunningBare

    RunningBare Been here awhile

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    need visa before arrival, VN consulate at Double Bay used to take about a week.
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  4. MRps56

    MRps56 n00b

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    I have visited Laos and Cambodia flying in from Thailand in the last 12 months. Visa's could be obtained on arrival (airport). Ensure that you have a passport size photograph for Cambodia. Visa cost was US$20 for a 30 day visa.
    I didn't have a photograph for the Laos visit and that didn't cause any problem but would still recommend having a photograph. Can't remember the visa cost but suspect it was around 1500 Thai baht but slightly cheaper if paid in US $. I also recollect that this visa was only granted for two weeks but could be extended at extra cost.
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  5. Garry H.

    Garry H. nocopsondirt

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    Thank You muchly. That's what I wanted to know.
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  6. Daintree

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    Gosh that was not the case for me in 1967, we just got flown straight in and free Huey flights once there - even free shooting galleries:clap
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  7. Jaqhammar

    Jaqhammar Hooligan

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    Would not the obvious answer be to contact the embassies of the countries you want to visit?
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  8. Daintree

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    waaaay too obvious:fishie
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    rosscoact need constant supervision

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  10. Garry H.

    Garry H. nocopsondirt

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    I S'pose I could afford a phone call or two...

    But I don't have a week to wait for a visa. That would require being organized to some degree and knowing well beforehand when/where you are going...

    Found out a week ago we're going to Thailand and if business is taken care of may (or may not) have time for a short visit to one of these countries.

    Hence we just want to turn up when/if we're ready and take it from there...

    Thanks again for all the info.
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  11. Daintree

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    I remember same in 1986 from UK to France - there was a bombing at time and a temporary rule was in force that Oz [and others] had to get a visa beforehand

    so we lobbed at Dover and were told that but my ex wife told THEM "about their parentage" and how she had been to France 6 times over 15 years and no visa

    so family got on ferry and at France wife me and 2 kids got arrested and 12 year old son [who was born in UK] was allowed into France while we were escorted back to ferry with our passports in a "plain brown paper envelope" only to be returned once in UK

    I got rid of her 3 years later :D and my life became easy again

    moral is always best to check at embassy BEFORE
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