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Do I need visas for entry to these Asian countries?

Jan 6th, 2012, 05:20 PM
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Do I need visas for entry to these Asian countries?

I'm American, planning on going to:

Korea
Japan
Taiwan
Vietnam
Laos
Cambodia
India

I remember having to get one for Japan but this was years ago, not sure if anything has changed...

Also, for all you well-versed travelers, do you normally get your visas through a travel agent or something? Thanks so much in advance!
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Jan 6th, 2012, 05:25 PM
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Yes for VN - must get it in advance. Get it from the VN embassy or consulate closest to you.
Laos and Cambodia, you need visas but can get them on arrival
India - must get in advance. India contracts with travisa for all visas, go to the Indian Embassy website and click though to travisa from there.

Going through agents costs more - sometimes a lot more.

No visas needed for Korea, Japan, Taiwan
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Jan 6th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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Thanks so much! So does that mean I need to go to a consulate to get the VN visa, but I can get the Indian visa online?
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Jan 6th, 2012, 06:52 PM
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You can go to the Consulate or Embassy website to download forms to fill out for your VN visa. You can go to the embassy or consulate, but most people mail in their forms.

For the Indian visa, you must get it through travisa, which offers the forms online and gives you online tracking of your visa's progress.

Of course, you have to send off your passport in order to get your visa.
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Jan 6th, 2012, 09:03 PM
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You can get a Vietnam visa-on-arrival letter as a PDF by e-mail through a Vietnamese travel agent like Tonkin Travel ($15 for a single-entry visa; $30 for a multiple-entry). Then, when you get to the airport in Vietnam, you take your visa-on-arrival letter to the visa window, fill out another short form, give them your letter, passport, and photos, and pay an additional fee ($25, as I recall). Shortly thereafter they call your name and give you your passport back with a visa inside. Then you go through immigration. Not the most streamlined entry process, but very easy.
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Jan 7th, 2012, 09:13 AM
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What April is talking about is a pre-arranged visa.
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Jan 7th, 2012, 09:19 AM
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You can get your Cambodian visa online for $25. or upon arrival at the airport for $20. The online Visa arrived the next day,printed it and attached to my passport.If you do it upon arrival, you need to bring a passport size photo along.
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Jan 8th, 2012, 05:24 PM
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If you arrive in Cambodia without a photo, they've been known to scan your passport and use that. I think the fee is $1!
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Jan 9th, 2012, 09:47 AM
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Absolutely - Cambodia doesn't care that it's an "official" passport photo - any small photo suffices.
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Jan 9th, 2012, 01:37 PM
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HappyTrvlr--did you feel comfortable giving your payment information out on the Cambodian visa website? I checked it out and it wasn't a secure website (usually begins with https), so I was kind of wary, even though it seemed like the easiest way to get it...
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Jan 9th, 2012, 09:27 PM
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Again, it is just as easy to get your Cambodian visa when you arrive at the airport, and costs $5 less than doing it online.

Take a passport type photo (or a $2 bill) and hand it to the agent. You will be out of there just as fast, and will not have to deal with any website, secure or not.

India and Vietnam and the two that have to work for.
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Jan 10th, 2012, 04:54 PM
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Thanks guys! I may just get a pre-arranged visa for Vietnam through Tonkin Travel (seems like they have a good reputation on the forum), and drop India altogether. And save the Cambodia visa for when I arrive, as it seems relatively quick and simple.

Seems like from what everyone is saying, I'm better off saving India for another trip so I can focus on it and not get too overwhelmed...I'm just now realizing how much of a load Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia, and VN are already!
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Jan 10th, 2012, 05:06 PM
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I agree that it makes little sense to try to go to India in your limited time. Indeed, if it were me (and it isn't) I'd do some more cutting. You have 6 countries in 6 weeks.
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