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Visa or no visa

A list of entry requirements

As a British national, I have been pleasantly surprised to discover that I do not need to arrange many visas for my six-month backpacking trip around South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

The list here covers only those countries that I'm visiting. Information was found on or via the GOV.UK website under the respective countries' travel advice pages (entry requirements section).

Australia

Visa required. An eVisitor visa can be obtained free of charge from Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Control website. Visas are valid for up to three months.

Cambodia

Visa required. Visitors can obtain a visa at the border or airport upon arrival for a fee of US$30. A photograph will be required. Visas are valid for 30 days.

Indonesia

No visa required. Visitors may stay for up to 30 days without a visa but may be asked to provide proof of onward travel.

Laos

Visa required. Visas can be purchased on arrival at international airports for approximately US$35. One passport photo will be required. Alternatively, visitors can obtain a visa from Lao embassies prior to arrival. Visas are valid for 30 days upon arrival and must be used within three months of issue. Visitors must get their passports stamped upon arrival otherwise it could lead to arrest or a heavy fine.

Visa conditions change regularly. For the most up-to-date conditions, check with the Lao Embassy.

Malaysia

No visa required. British nationals do not require a visa and are normally given permission to stay for up to three months.

Myanmar

Visa required. Visas needs to obtained before arrival. An eVisa can be applied for online for US$30. eVisas may take a few days to process and are valid for 90 days. Visitors must enter the country within the 90 days and then can stay for up to 28 days upon arrival. Visitors attempting to enter Myanmar more than 90 days after the eVisa was approved will be denied entry and will have to pay for another eVisa.

eVisas can only be used to enter the country at specific points: via the international airports and at three land crossings on the Thai border (Myawaddy, Kawthoung and Tachilek). eVisas cannot be used to gain entry to Myanmar via Htee Khee.

To enter at Htee Khee, visitors must obtain a paper visa. Visas can be arranged at the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok.

Visas are valid for one entry. For multiple entries, a new visa must be purchased each time.

New Zealand

No visa required. British nationals can enter as a visitor for up to six months without a visa but must have onward travel booked.

Thailand

Visa exemption. British nationals can enter without a visa for up to 30 days under the visa exemption agreement. Under this agreement, tourists can enter the country three times within a six month period; cumulative duration must not exceed 90 days. May be asked to provide evidence of onward travel. Passports must be in good condition or visitors may be refused entry.

Vietnam

No visa required. Tourists can visit for up to 15 days without a visa.

Posted by Charlie travels 08:22 Tagged indonesia australia cambodia thailand malaysia vietnam laos new_zealand visa myanmar backpacking south_east_asia Comments (0)

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