I have found that the The U.S. Department of State's website is great for conclusive information on Entry Requirements. Someone had posted the website on this forum before, but I wanted to post it again because I had found it to be straight-to-the-point and accurate. Just thought I would be of some help.
#1 Flymarbles has been a member since 25/11/2008. Posts: 13
Thanks for the link and it's probably a good resource for general travel advise, health and govt warnings, but the visa and border crossing info is a bit patchy.
Thailand: It states a 30-day visa free entry into Thailand is available for Americans -- that is the case only if you are flying in -- if you enter Thailand by land you are entitled to only 15 days.
Laos: The list of border crossings it has for visa on arrival is incorrect.
Vietnam: It incorrectly states that visas on arrival are not available -- they are -- if organised beforehand via a Vietnamese travel agent.
Hate to toot our own horn, but the Travelfish visa and border crossing FAQ is a pretty handy resource when it comes specifically to visa and border crossing advice.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,799
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Flymarbles, if you think Somtam is just blowing his own trumpet - Governemnt websites are usually one of the WORST, not best and most accurate sources of information. This includes health and political warnings and visa information.
Somtam, Thank you for the Visa and border crossing FAQ link. I realize I was being slightly ignorant when stating that the US Dept of state was conclusive in its information. Thanks again
#4 Flymarbles has been a member since 25/11/2008. Posts: 13
So using this thread to piggyback on....does anyone know the cheap way of getting a cambodian visa from laos. I'm here now, and it is costing US$40 from a guesthouse. but i feel that price is inflated. can anyone tell me where you were able to perhaps get one cheaper? someone suggested the cambodian embassy in vientiane? not sure where it is though. I'm in vang viang now until new years day then luang prabang, then vientiene for one more day, so happy to get this wherever I can.
OR....better yet...which border crossing from 4000 islands can i get my visa at....i was confused as i'd heard so many different things, and no one here can even really answer whether it was all accurate according to the lonely planet...hmmm...
thanks in advance :)
#5 joble81 has been a member since 18/12/2008. Posts: 7
$40 is a bit over inflated. The Visa is $20 + processing. Depending on your entry point you can get an e-visa.
#6 chewiee has been a member since 15/12/2008. Posts: 10
Rufus is spot on on this one.
The absolutely LAST place I'd go for information about travel to/in another place is a website by a paranoid schizophrenic government.
Not only does the US use its machinery to advance its propoganda, it arm-twists fellow governments to do the same. Example, the gov't in my country (Australia).
So bad has been the information about SE Asian nations by both the US and Australian websites that many SE Asian nations have made formal (diplomatic) and public statements to seek the governments to recant.
Indonesia has been treated so badly that it has resorted to advertising on television here in Australia that the Australian Foreign Affairs & US State 'advices' are misleading and wrong. And, financially hurting the Indonesian tourist economy.