Ensuring your visa arrangements are all in order is crucial when planning a trip to South East Asia. Here are some essential travel tips to keep in mind when organizing a visa to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
First you must ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. On top of that allow at least an additional 2 months prior to your departure to secure a visa.
A visa is compulsory to enter Vietnam except for citizens of:
– Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand if the length of the stay is not exceeding 30 days.
– The Philippines if the length of the stay is not exceeding 21 days.
– Korea, Japan, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, the UK, Italy, France and Russia if the length of the stay is not exceeding 15 days and applied for single entry visits.
There are 4 options to obtain a visa to Vietnam:
In that case, just provide us with the following details: Full name, date and place of birth, citizenship, occupation, passport number, date and place of issue, expiration date, date and port of entry into Vietnam.
We will forward these particulars to Vietnam immigration, which will in turn issue and send by telex an approval letter to the relevant embassy by telex.
In our turn, we will send you one copy of the approval letter. Just bring it or send it to the embassy together with your passport, 2 passport photos and two fully filled out application forms to get the visas stamped.
In that case, provide us with the same information as mentioned above and we will send you an approval letter issued from immigration.
This approval letter will be required at the time of boarding. The approval letter will be required at the time of boarding. Visa stamping fees can be either pre-paid to our agency or paid at immigration on arrival.
Website for applying e-visa to Vietnam: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/en_US/web/guest/khai-thi-thuc-dien-tu/cap-thi-thuc-dien-tu
E-visa is applied for citizens from 40 countries and is valid for 30-day single entry only. This e-visa, however , is new to some airlines , so Saffron Travel highly recommends travelers check with the airlines in advance before boarding to avoid any unexpected issues.
35 Countries Eligible To Apply For E-Visas To Vietnam
Vietnam has added 35 more countries to the list of those whose nationals can visit with e-visas. The list includes: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Iceland, Belgium, Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Qatar, Andorra, Monaco, Croatia, Estonia, Fiji, Georgia, Latvia, Lithiuania, Malta, Macedonia, Micronesia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Salomon Islands, San Marino, Cyprus, China (applicable to Hong Kong and Macau passport holders), Vanuatu, Western Samoa, and Serbia. Citizens can apply for e-visas for a 30-day single entry visit from February 1st this year.
*Note that in all cases visas cannot be delivered upon arrival without a visa authorization from immigration.
Immigration procedures take time which can be tiresome after a long flight. Saffron Travel offers fast track services at the airport to expedite the process. As soon as you land, our officer will be waiting for you at the landing gate. He/she will assist you through the immigration procedures, then escort you to meet your English-speaking guide. The whole process takes around just 15-20 minutes.
A visa is compulsory to enter Laos. To obtain a visa you must first ensure your passport will be valid for at least 6 months after your return date.
Citizens of Luxembourg and Switzerland do not need a visa if the length of their stay does not exceed 14 days.
There are 2 options at the moment to obtain a visa for Laos:
A visa is compulsory to enter Cambodia except for citizens of the Brunei (14 days), Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines (21 days), Seychelles (14 days), Singapore, Thailand (14 days),Vietnam.
All foreign visitors are now able to obtain the Cambodia visa upon arrival at the airport. It is no longer necessary to get the visa stamp at the Cambodian Embassies in your countries before your visit. Just prepare the following documents:
There are 4 options at the moment to obtain a visa for Cambodia:
A visa is compulsory to enter Myanmar. There are currently only 2 options for obtaining a visa to Myanmar:
Please note that tourist visas will be valid for 90 days and once used it will be for 28 days stay and e-visa is only for Tourists, only for Yangon Airport.