Visas Guide Southeast Asia

How confusing is it to keep up with the ever changing Visa requirements for South East Asia?

We know this, so we have put together this handy guide to help you get on top of it.

Don’t forget to check to make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity at the time of travel.


If people are arriving by land, they MUST have a visa already in their passport.

If your passport is NOT Australia, New Zealand or Dutch, please ask us because there are 40 nationalities that can obtain a Visa online before arriving. Nationalities exempt from VOA include America, UK and many European countries.

You have 3 Options:

OPTION 1: Organise through your nearest Vietnam consulate which will require you to send the passport via registered mail.

OPTION 2: Order a VOA (Visa On Arrival) through Wide Eyed Tours which will require a scanned copy of the passport. Send us a scanned copy of your passport.


  • Our fee: $30 AUD/ $30 NZD/ €20 per person — single entry
  • $25 USD Stamping Fee at Vietnam airport

Timing: 2 working days for normal or 1 working day for urgent.


  • 2 passport photos 4x6cm
  • $25 USD undamaged notes
  • Visa Approval Letter as emailed
  • Completed Entry & Exit form as emailed
  • Passport valid for minimum 6 months beyond date of entry

OPTION 3: Apply yourself online for a VOA (Visa On Arrival) which needs to be paid by a credit card which will incur bank fees. Visit this website which will guide you through the process.


  • $19 USD Service Fee for a one month single entry Visa
  • $25 USD Stamping Fee at Vietnam airport
  • Bank transfer fee (variable depending upon your bank)

Timing: 2 working days for normal or 1 working day for urgent.

Needed: Same as for option 2.


Visas are obtained upon arrival with no prior application required.

Cost: $30 USD undamaged notes

Valid: 30 days from the time of entry


  • 2 passport photos 4x6cm
  • $30 in USD undamaged notes
  • Passport valid for minimum 6 months beyond date of entry

Cambodian immigration officials at airports now collect fingerprints upon entry using an inkless, electronic process


Visas are obtained upon arrival with no prior application required if arriving by air to Vientiane or Luang Prabang or by road at the Friendship Bridge between Nong Khai Thailand and Vientiane. All other crossing points require a valid visa obtained from a Laos Embassy.

Cost: $30 USD to $42 USD depending upon nationality

Valid: 30 days from the time of entry


  • 2 passport photos 4x6cm
  • Passport valid for minimum 6 months beyond date of entry


Online: Visit this website which will guide you through the process.

Cost: $50 USD

Timing: Takes 3 working days, then download the PDF Visa version

Valid: For 90 days from date of issue and allows a stay of up to 28 days


  • PDF printed version of the Visa
  • Passport valid for minimum 6 months beyond date of entry


Visas are obtained upon arrival, with no prior application required and are free.

Australians and Europeans entering via the airport can enter Thailand for up to 30 days and via overland for up to 15 days.

Cost: Free of charge

Needed: Passport valid for minimum 6 months beyond date of entry.

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