Passports and Visas

You won't get far without a passport, and maybe a visa

You need a valid passport to visit our part of the world. Please make sure that your passport is good for at least 90 days AFTER the anticipated end of your trip (or 180 days if you are traveling to Bhutan). Make sure you have enough blank pages in your passport for the visas you need.

Depending on your citizenship, you may be required to have a visa to enter one or more of our countries where we offer travel programs. Except for Bhutan, visas are not included in the arrangements we provide and you are responsible for making sure you have the necessary visa to enter the countries you intend to visit. We can not be responsible if you fail to get the necessary visa and are refused entry or not allowed to board an aircraft as a result.

Regulations change from time to time and the only reliable source of information is the embassies or consulates of the countries concerned, we can not be held responsible if anything incorrect is published here. If you learn that anything below is incorrect, please let us know so we can update this page.


Citizens of many countries are exempt from visa requirements when entering the Kingdom for tourism purposes for up to 30 days. Citizens of some countries not covered by the visa exemption may get a visa on arrival. Over-stays are subject to a fine. However, visas can usually be extended in Bangkok. Limits have now been imposed on the number of times someone can leave Thailand, then re-enter in order get another 30 day stay.

For the latest details contact the nearest Thai embassy or consulate or visit the website of Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


Although citizens of most countries can get a visa on arrival in Cambodia, 95% of the people on your flight will not have a visa, which means a long line and a wait of up to one hour. You can arrange an e-visa in advance via the Internet (except for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan or Sri Lanka. Citizens of Malaysia, Singapore, Laos and the Philippines are not required to have a visa. Visa processing takes two to three days and the cost is $30 plus a $7 processing fee, which can be paid by credit card. To apply, please visit:

If you decide to get your visa on arrival please be prepared to pay the US$30 fee (no pounds, Euros, or baht are accepted). You will also need a passport photo. The disadvantage is that 80% of the people on your flight will probably not have a visa yet, which means a long wait unless you are among the first off the plane. Sitting close to the door (forward in an Airbus or in the last two rows of an ATR) will put you closer to the front of the line.


Vietnam requires visas for most visitors. Current exceptions include citizens of ASEAN countries. You can apply for a visa in person or by mail from the embassy or consulate closest to you. We can provide a list of Vietnam embassy and consulate addresses if you cannot find the one closest to you. For forms and general information about requirements look here: or, however, the easiest option is to apply for your visa online (see below).

You may apply as early as six months prior to the date of travel by submitting a completed application along with with two passport photos, an original passport and a fee. Some offices have specific requirements about whether you may use mail, DHL, Federal Express, etc. Expect processing to take at least one week. Each embassy has a different fee, and the fee may vary depending on how many entries you require.

Tourist visas are valid for a maximum of 30 days beginning with the date of arrival stated in your application (and NOT the day you actually arrive).

If you plan to travel through Bangkok on your way to Vietnam you can normally get a visa overnight, assuming no weekends or holidays are involved. Visas are also available at the Vietnam Airlines office in Siem Reap, assuming you plan to travel to Vietnam on Vietnam Airlines.

If you fly directly into Vietnam and plan to travel to another country before returning to Vietnam for your departure flight you will need a double entry visa. If you do not get the right kind of visa you will have to apply for a second visa and pay the fee again after you leave Vietnam.

Embassies and consulates are closed on both Vietnamese and local holidays.

Vietnam Visas Online

The easiest way to secure a Vietnam visa is online We have had the best luck with service:

What you will receive from these websites is an "authorization letter" that you can show to board your flight into Vietnam and to the immigration authorities when you arrive. They in turn stamp the actual visa in your passport. The cost for stamping is $25-$50, depending on whether you request a single or multiple entry visa, You MUST pay in US dollars. No other currencies are permitted.

Before you apply it would be a good idea to review requirements online first, then make sure you have everything you need before you begin the application process.


Lao visas are issued on arrival at airports in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Pakse, and at the Friendship Bridge near Vientiane. If you plan to enter Laos at any other place you need get your visa in advance from a Lao embassy. Cost is US$30. You will need two passport photos. Visas on arrival are usually good for 14 days. Visas issued by embassies are usually good for 30 days. If you overstay you will be fined $5 per day and may be subject to arrest. Visas are for one entry only. You may extend visas in Vientiane at a cost of $3 per day. To see relevant details about visa requirements visit

Myanmar (Burma)

A visa is required to visit Myanmar and must be arranged well in advance.  Some embassies require that you appear in person with your passport and application. You will need a passport photo and US$35 (although fees will vary outside the U.S.)As of September 2014 the Myanmar government offers an e-visa service through their own website:


Everyone needs a visa to enter India. The Indian government now has an online visa-on-arrival website: So far they are getting five star reviews. If you plan to enter India via certain border points (such as from Bhutan at Samdrup Jongkhar) you may have to get your visa at an embassy. It's best to contact your closest embassy or consulate well in advance.


Except for Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi citizens, everyone who visits Bhutan needs a visa. You cannot arrange a Bhutanese visa or book Drukair flights independently unless you are employed in Bhutan or visiting as a diplomat or representative of an NGO established there. We handle your visa as part of the reservation process, and your visa will not be. If you have plans to visit Bhutan we hope you will explore our BetterBhutan.comwebsite.

Sri Lanka

Citizens of most countries are required to have a visa to enter Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government makes it easy to apply for and obtain visas on their website:


We offer Nepal on a custom basis in conjunction with India and/or Bhutan (but not alone yet). You  can get a Nepal visa online here:

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