Visas and border crossings forum

Pre-organising Visa's

  • drutherford

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    We're going to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam all by bus/train (apart from initial entry into Bangkok airport).

    I have read alot of threads about getting visa's at border crossings but I was wondering whether it is worth trying to pre-organise these visa's before we leave from our trip from the embassy's in Australia just for peace of mind.

    Also, we are planning on arriving in Thailand and spening about 2-3 weeks up North before travelling through the other countries, but then we want to return to Thailand for a further 4 weeks. Is this possible? I heard you can only get a 30 day visa.

    Thanks in advance for any advise.


    #1 Posted: 5/2/2007 - 09:06

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi Debbie,

    The main disadvantage of arranging visas in advance in Australia is cost. The visa for Vietnam for example from the Vietnamese Consul in Sydney costs A$70. The same visa in Cambodia costs around US$30.

    If you're not to fussed about cost, then it can be useful having them in advance, but personally, I wouldn't bother.

    With Thailand (I'm assuming you're on Oz passports), you're granted a 30 day stay ON EACH entry. So in your case you'll be fine (in Thailand for 2-3 weeks, then out then back for another month). Unless you're planning on staying more than 30 days on a single stay, you do not need to get a visa in advance.

    Hope that helps

    #2 Posted: 5/2/2007 - 12:18

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