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Visa Questions for 5 month travel plan. Onwards travel?

Posted by drewebear on 27/1/2013 at 08:14

Hi All,

I've tried reading through numerous threads regarding this but it's all a bit confusing/conflicting plus a lot of them are for shorter trips. I have seen all visa sticky's too, just want reassurance I suppose...

This is what my itinerary is looking like so far (I'm going to do about 5 and a half months):

-Flying in to Bangkok from London on a UK passport & plan to travel 2 months in Thailand (so I will get a 60 day visa from Thai Embassy in London)

-Then on to Malaysia overland, crossing from Koh Lipe on to Palau Langkawi. Am I correct in assuming you get a free 90 day visa on arrival?

-From here I'll be travelling to Singapore, probably spending 2/3 weeks in Malaysia and a day or 2 in Singapore (Is Singapore counted as being in Malaysia? Slightly confused on this).

-From Singapore I'll fly to Jakarta travelling through until I get to Bali. I'll be spending a minimum of 1 month in Indonesia. I need some advice regarding Indonesian visa's.

-From Bali, ideally I want to fly from Denpasar to Vietnam ( Hanoi ) however I can't seem to find a direct flight? I was told AirAsia would but on the website, it isn't giving me the option. Is there a (safe) airline that goes direct? If not, somtam2000 has advised me to get a JetStar flight from Bali to Singapore then a Tiger Air flight to Hanoi.

-When I am in Vietnam, I will land from Bali (I hope) or wherever else is possible. I'm aware I need to get a visa prior to landing, is there a place in Bali to get a visa? I can always get one when I'm in Jakarta however I won't be travelling to Vietnam until at least 60days from the date of issue. Would this be a problem as someone has mentioned to me that they run from when they are issued??

- I'll travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in about 15 days and will go from Ho Chi Minh City to Cambodia. Where is the best place to get the visa for this? Can I just turn up at a border and be issued with one?

-Once in Cambodia, I'll head up to Laos from Phnom Penh. I'm good to get a 30 day visa on arrival right? I'll stay here 20 something days.

-From Laos, I'll head to Bangkok. I'll need to book a return flight to the UK so I'll probably do this whilst in Laos.

My main issue is the whole 'proof of onward travel' thing? I plan to get a one way ticket from the UK to Bangkok so I know this could be tricky. Any advise on this? I'll be flying from Singapore to Indonesia and then another flight from Indonesia to Vietnam but would one of these count if they are booked in advance as the departure date would be past the Thai visa allowance?

Also, does anyone have a rough estimate in GBP how much all visa's would cost?

Apologies for how long this thread is, just wanted to give as much info as possible...

#1 drewebear has been a member since 9/1/2013. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 14

Posted by somtam2000 on 28/1/2013 at 02:55 admin

Thai arrival: Yes 60 days on a Thai tourist visa
Malaysia arrival: Yes 90 days
Singapore is separate. You get 30 days on arrival
Indonesia: You can get 30-days on arrival (which can be extended for 30 days once) OR try for a two month Indo tourist visa in KL or Singapore
Vietnam: No direct flights to Hanoi , via KL or Singapore will be cheapest. Get your Vietnam visa either in Bangkok, KL, Singapore, or Jakarta OR apply for one online (see the Vietnam visa FAQ for details on this). You cannot get a Vn visa in Bali. My advice would be to get it online and pick up at arrival in Hanoi - easiest, though will cost a little more than going to the embassy etc yourself.
Cambodia: Visa issued at arrival at land border crossing (assuming you're not using some super-obscure crossing)
Laos: 30 days visa on arrival issued at the Cambodia/Laos border
Thailand: Unless you get another Thai visa in Vientiane, you'll be given 15 days at any land border crossing.

The onward ticket thing is tricky to give advice on. In theory a number of countries can ask for it, but in practise most don't (at least not of real tourists). The airlines tend to be more of a hassle, especially Jetstar.

If you're coming in on a one way from the UK, perhaps buy your Sg -> Jakarta ticket beforehand that should have you covered for Thai issues...

In practise I've flown in the area I dunno how many times, at least 50 and I've been asked 2-3 times in total and it has not been an issue.

Hope that helps!

#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,507
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