Tourist Visas in South East Asian Countries

Tourist visas and exemptions vary considerably from country to country in South East Asia

The following information is intended as a guide to planning a trip around South East Asia – this information is subject to change and all details should be double-checked with the appropriate embassy before traveling.
Unless otherwise stated, the information applies to citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and the UK.

Country Exemption Other Tourist Visas
Thailand 30 days if arriving by Air, 15 days if arriving overland. A 60-day Visa can be applied for at a Thai Embassy prior to entry.
More information available at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Vietnam None A Visa on Arrival is available at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang airports, however applicants must first obtain a letter of approval (hundreds of online agencies offer these). 30 day, 30 day multi-entry and 90 day VOAs are available for between $45 and $95 (payable in cash). The letter of approval will cost an additional $10 – $20.
Visas can be applied for in advance from Vietnamese Consulates or Embassies.
Cambodia seems to be the best and cheapest place to obtain a Visa before your arrival.
Malaysia 90 day permit granted on arrival Some extensions are available. More information on Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website.
Singapore 30 days visa-free entry Extensions can be applied for using the e-XTEND service.
Philippines 21 days visa-free entry A 59 day Temporary Visitor’s Visa for Pleasure or Tourism can be applied for ahead of visiting and extensions are available.
Indonesia none A 30 day Visa on Arrival is available for $25. Passports must have at least 2 blank pages and an onward flight ticket is also required. 60 day Tourist Visas can be obtained in advance of travel and both visas can be extended for a fee while in Indonesia.
Cambodia none A 30 day Visa on Arrival is available for $20 at the International Airports, Thai Border crossings and some of the crossings with Vietnam and Laos. An e-visa is available from the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however this costs an additional $8 and is not accepted at all crossings. 30 day extensions are available for $15.
Laos none A 30 day Visa on Arrival is available at Airports and most Border crossings. Prices vary from $30 to $42 depending on nationality. 2 passport photos and a blank passport page are required. Extensions are available for $2 per day with a maximum extension of 60 days.
Visas can be obtained in advance, however it is generally faster and cheaper to obtain the Visa on Arrival.
Myanmar none A 28 day Tourist Visa must be applied for in-person and in-advance at a Myanmar Embassy. The Visa costs around $25. Three passport-sized photos will be required and it is recommended that applicants do not list writer/journalist/photographer etc. as their profession if they wish to be granted the visa. The e-visa website was in test-mode at the time of writing.
Brunei 90 days visa-free entry for US, UK and Irish citizens, 30 days for New Zealand citizens and 14 days for Canadians. A 30 day Visa-on-arrival is available to Australians. South African citizens need to apply for a visa in a neighbouring country.

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