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To visa or not to visa, what to do if going from mainland China into Hong Kong.

Posted by Fabian on 4/2/2013 at 06:24

Maybe someone can answer this one: I am travelling through China. And I am using the last entry of my visa (I applied and got 2, but I went out to southeast asia countries, and then got back into China again). My flight home leaves from Beijing. I want to go to Hong Kong (I don't need a visa for HK). When in HK, do I need to apply for a new visa for China to go back to Beijing, or my visa is still valid? Have I "burned out" my last entrance when I got into HK, or I am "stil ...

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China visa on arrival

Posted by leopang on 16/12/2012 at 04:17

Just back from border city of Hekou(China) and Lao Cai(Vietnam) Confirm with China immigration that they do not issue visa on arrival all over China with the except at Hong Kong The visa for a 45 days multiple crossing applied strictly only to the local resident>Lao Cai(Vietnam) and Hekou(China) resident only. Immigration operating hours from 0800am to 2000 hours at this border crossing ,Hekou/Lao Cai>> note that also subject to time zone difference. The China immigration curre ...

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Viewed 2,486 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MWasser6 on 4/2/2013 at 07:33

border runs by land

Posted by mic59 on 1/2/2013 at 19:29

I am going to be entering Thailand on 9/9/2013 and will leave on 25/11/2013, 77 days. I was intending to do border runs both as a requirement but also because they are part of travelling I have not done before. I know that I can only get another 15 days if I arrive by land. Is there a limit on how many times can I do these runs to extend my stay? I come from Australia so I will get 30 days at first. ...

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Viewed 1,507 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 2/2/2013 at 09:19

Thailand visa and proving onward travel

Posted by MissBanana on 29/1/2013 at 15:29

I'm going to South East Asia for 3 months next week - flying in and out of Bangkok - but will be in Thailand for less than 30 days so I haven't applied for the tourist visa, thinking the visa on arrival will be ok. But will I have problems when I arrive in Thailand as my flight back is in 3 months from my arrival day and no proof that I'm actually travelling on and won't be in Thailand for the 3 months?! I hold a British passport. Any help - much appreciated! ...

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Viewed 3,933 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MissBanana on 31/1/2013 at 07:57

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, ...

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Viewed 2,928 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 28/1/2013 at 02:55

Visa on arrival (Singapore, Malaysia) with no proof of onward journey

Posted by jokalla on 21/1/2013 at 04:13

Hi, I'm travelling throughout SE Asia starting in about a weeks time and have a couple of questions about Visa's on arrival in Singapore and Malaysia. I will first arrive in Singapore on Jan 30th and be flying out to Kota Kinabalu the next day, so there is no issue with obtaining entry for this short time. When I fly back into Singapore from KK a week later I have no proof of an onwards journey; would it be wise of me to buy a cheap bus ticket from Sing to KL before I arrive back? Also, in or ...

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Viewed 4,177 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by captainbkk on 25/1/2013 at 01:52

60day Thailand Visa from Laos

Posted by OliveOyle826 on 6/1/2013 at 20:21

I hope someone can give me some advice... I will arrive in Thailand on Jan. 10th. I have a yoga training in Thailand from Feb. 8th until April 9th and don't have a 60 day visa for my school. I need a total of 90, at least, in Thailand. I have discovered I can go to Vientiane Laos and obtain a 60day from the Thai Embassy. Does this service really take one day? I'm wondering when should i go to Vientiane and get my visa??? Does the 60day visa start when I receive it in Laos? Or immediately when ...

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Viewed 1,564 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by captainbkk on 21/1/2013 at 01:38

30 day visa if arrive by boat?

Posted by breatheagain on 26/12/2012 at 05:19

I understand a 30 days visa is obtainable for a flight arrival in Cambodia but if we arrived at Phnom Pehn by boat from Vietnam via the Mekong Delta would this still entitle us to a 30 day visa or is it classed as an overland entry and we would only get 15 days. thank you ...

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Viewed 1,182 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by breatheagain on 19/1/2013 at 03:21

VOA now available at Viet airports without e-visa pre-approval?

Posted by linden51 on 12/1/2013 at 16:01

Wikitravel is claiming that from 1st January visa on arrival is now available at HCMC airport (and presumably Hanoi & Da Nang) without e-visa pre-approval. Could anyone please confirm this? Certainly sounds like a lot less hassle than applying online. ...

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Viewed 2,444 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 16/1/2013 at 19:52

Entering Vietnam with no departure flight.

Posted by Donman1990 on 7/1/2013 at 01:20

I'm flying into Vietnam from Australia and I'm still unsure about entry requirements. I know in some cases you need proof of departure to be allowed to even board your flight. I haven't planned on buying my return flight until later in my trip as I will be travelling for roughly 6 months, so at this stage I'll be leaving Vietnam by bus. I'm planing on obtaining a 3 month multiple entry Visa or will soon, is that all that I need to be allowed in? I already did contact the Vietnam Embassy in Aust ...

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Viewed 2,557 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by ryder80 on 10/1/2013 at 15:40

Thailand,Vietnam nd Cambodia in 4 weeks Visa help.

Posted by dnev101 on 3/1/2013 at 05:14

Hi all, Me and my girlfriend are heading to Thailand next month, flying to bangkok, and beginning our trip from there. Following is a very rough itinerary of what we want to do. Could anybody please help me with what visas i need as i am struggling to understand. 1. Fly to BKK on 9th Feb and spend a couple of days 2. Fly to Hanoi on the 12th. 3. Spend around 10-12 heading south 4. Cross border into Cambodia and spend 5 or 6 days passing through. 5. Cross border back into Thailand and spend ...

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Viewed 1,629 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 3/1/2013 at 20:34

China visa in South East Asia

Posted by laurentiu on 1/1/2013 at 09:27

I am wondering where is the best place to apply for a China visa. I will be in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Singapore. I was reading forums and it looks like the best place is Hong Kong but I don't have an itinerary that gets me close to HK. Thank you. ...

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Viewed 2,443 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by laurentiu on 2/1/2013 at 02:04

ATM at Don Mueang Airport before immigration

Posted by laurentiu on 24/11/2012 at 01:03

Does anybody know if there is an ATM before immigration at Don Mueang? I get VOA and I understand I have to show some cash proof. I am in India now and would not want to withdraw and exchange rupees and such. Thank you. ...

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Viewed 2,155 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by laurentiu on 1/1/2013 at 09:22

O Smach border crossing.

Posted by Pjotra on 19/1/2011 at 15:59

Hi there! Does anyone have recent info on transport from Siem Reap, via Samrong to the O Smach/ Chong Jom border xx and on to either Surin or Sisaket? The youngest info I find On the web dates from 2007! ...

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Viewed 4,776 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 29/12/2012 at 07:34

16th or 17th

Posted by breatheagain on 28/12/2012 at 04:48

If my Vietnam visa is stamped in my passport the 17th January can I leave on the 17th (ie visa is inclusive) or must I leave on 16th as visa is not valid on 17th. thank you ...

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Viewed 966 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 29/12/2012 at 02:32

First Time in SE Asia - need clarification about visas!

Posted by jennigun on 26/12/2012 at 11:08

Hi! My boyfriend and I will be in SE Asia from mid-may to mid july - right now we are thinking Thailand to Malaysia to Indonesia - but we are open to suggestions, if you think we are missing something important! We are 20 somethings who love to scuba, hike, and we have been all over Europe living out of our backpacks and are ready to continue the adventure. I am totally new to the concept of visas - we will be flying from California to Thailand first. Do we need to obtain visas for the countrie ...

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Viewed 1,353 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by jennigun on 27/12/2012 at 21:26

Ban Huay Kon Muang Ngoen border open

Posted by somtam2000 on 6/5/2008 at 08:11

We've heard, second hand, of a confirmed independent crossing at the Thailand/Laos border crossing at Ban Huay Kon / Muang Ngoen. The border had been open for ages to Thais doing 4WD "adventure tours" up to Luang Prabang but we’d been told by the TAT that "there were no plans whatsoever for the crossing to be opened to foreigners at any time in the foreseeable future". So we assume somebody changed their mind! What this means is that after spending time exploring Ban Huay Kon, you can ...

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Viewed 5,101 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by robdale on 26/12/2012 at 23:30

Thailand and Cambodia announce combined tourist visa

Posted by somtam2000 on 26/12/2012 at 19:33

Bothe the Bangkok Post and The Nation have stories announcing a new combined tourist visa for Thailand and Cambodia, which in theory is commencing December 27 (today) and will be available from Thai and Cambodian embassies. The details are still vague at this stage, but it appears to be a visa which will allow 60 days of stay in each country (for a total of 120 days). On cost, the Nation story says: "the Thai embassy will charge Bt1,000 for entry into Thailand and the tourist will have t ...

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Viewed 2,047 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 26/12/2012 at 19:40

$147.29 for a 60 day thai vissa, that requires shipping??? confused...

Posted by holydinahorben on 18/12/2012 at 23:18

i need to get a 60 day thailand visitor visa. im filling out the forms on visahq.ca when i reach a shipping section.... what is being shipped? i have a new zealand work e-visa. does thailand not have this e-visa option? also, the travelfish tells me it will cost around 30 bucks, the application form is asking for $147.29? please help if you have any info... ...

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Viewed 1,219 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Xircal on 25/12/2012 at 11:13

Visa Confusion

Posted by zenz on 13/12/2012 at 17:45

Posted this in the Vietnam section before realizing there was a whole section on Visas... Apologies if this is a dumb question, but I read the FAQs and didn't find anything. This is my first time heading overseas and thus, my first time dealing with Visas. I'm flying into Hanoi in early January with plans on exploring Vietnam for ~1 month, exiting into Cambodia in the south before continuing on to Thailand. However I'm also flying out of Hanoi to come back home mid-March and am unsure of ...

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Viewed 1,112 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Xircal on 25/12/2012 at 10:49


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