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.|