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Pre-organising Visa's

Posted by drutherford on 5/2/2007 at 09:06


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.


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Posted by somtam2000 on 5/2/2007 at 12:18 admin

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

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