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VISA INFORMATION

VISAS

  • For Vietnam (Mekong) please ensure that your visa validity is dated to at least three days prior to your actual date of arrival (this is because of the river border crossing)
  • You need to check with your doctor that you are fit to travel and are up-to-date with all necessary prophylactics for the regions you will be travelling in
  • You will need valid travel insurance to cover medical emergencies and loss of any personal possessions
  • Visa fee may vary depending on nationality
  • You will need at least one empty page for each country (visa sticker) and additional space on second page for entry/exit stamps for each country

VISA APPLICATION SERVICE FOR OUR UK GUESTS

Do you need assistance with your visa arrangements for Vietnam and Burma? Pandaw works closely with The Travel Visa Company based in the UK.

For more information and assistance please click here

MYANMAR CRUISES

The easiest way of arranging a visa to Myanmar is to use official government e-visa service. Apply here: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/, pay by credit card and receive your visa by e-mail. Alternatively please arrange your visa at the Myanmar Embassy in your home country.

MEKONG CRUISES

UPSTREAM CRUISES

Vietnam Visa

Saigon – Phnom Penh
Saigon – Siem Reap
We are able to arrange your Vietnamese tourist on arrival visa (single entry), for arrivals at Ho Chi Minh’s City International Airport Tan Son Nhat. Please provide passport scan (at least 6 months valid after return date) and flight ticket of all guests at least three weeks prior to departure. We will arrange the invitation letter, to process the visa-on-arrival at Saigon Airport. The visa-on-arrival invitation letter will be sent back to you. Please print and bring it along with two photos of you (size 4cm x 6cm, color).

A representative will great you at the airport after leaving the plane and will guide you through immigrations without queuing. Cost for invitation letter, representative at airport and visa USD 79 (including the visa).

Cambodia Visa

Saigon – Phnom Penh
Saigon – Siem Reap
We arrange the Cambodian on arrival visa at the river border at an extra charge of cash USD 35.- Please note that no e-visas are accepted at the river border. Please bring one passport photo.

Border crossing Vietnam: Vinh Xuong / Cambodia: Kaam Samnor.

Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
If you are booked on the segment cruise Phnom Penh to Siem Reap v.v., then you can get your visa on arrival at the airport or apply for an e-visa at https://www.evisa.gov.kh

DOWNSTREAM CRUISES

Vietnam Visa

Siem Reap – Saigon
We can arrange your Vietnamese tourist visa (single entry) at the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh against an additional cost of USD 85.- which will be added to your room bill. Please bring two passport sized photos with you in order to arrange this.

Phnom Penh – Saigon
Unfortunately we are not able to arrange a Vietnamese visa for you. It is essential to apply for a Visa at the Vietnamese Embassy in your home country before departure.

Border crossing Cambodia: Kaam Samnor / Vietnam: Vinh Xuong.

Cambodia Visa

Siem Reap – Saigon
Siem Reap – Phnom Penh
You can get your visa on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap or apply for an e-visa at https://www.evisa.gov.kh

Pandaw is acting as a third independent party only and cannot be held responsible or compensate any additional cost or damage in case the embassy reject issuing a visa for whatever reason.

Halong Bay & Red River

Arrival Hanoi

Please apply for a visa at the Vietnamese embassy in your home country.

Alternatively, for arrivals at Hanoi International Airport. Please provide passport scan (at least 6 months valid after return date) and flight ticket of all guests at least three weeks prior to departure. We will arrange the invitation letter, to process the visa-on-arrival at Hanoi Airport. The visa-on-arrival invitation letter will be sent back to you. Please print and bring it along with two photos of you (size 4cm x 6cm, color). A representative will greet you at the airport after leaving the plane and will guide you through immigrations without queuing. Cost for invitation letter, representative at airport and visa USD 79.- per person (including the visa).

Vietnam Visa - General Note

Vietnam extends visa waiver for five European countries: UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Travel visa free for up to 15 days, complete travel before June 2018 (single entry only, please double check with the Vietnamese embassy in your home country before travelling). This also applies for the water crossing coming from Cambodia to Vietnam on the Mekong.

The Vietnamese Government is offering a new online visa to 40 nationalities. For more information CLICK HERE. Attention: This e-visa is not valid to enter/exit via the Mekong river border. It can be used for major airports and land crossings only and therefore is OK to be used for your Halong Bay and Red River expedition with entry/exit point Hanoi. It cannot be used for the Classic Mekong between Cambodia and Vietnam v.v.

Laos

Lao visa is available at Vientiane airport or border crossing Chiang Khong / Houixay.
Please bring one passport photo. Price varies per nationality USD 20.- to 45.-

Canada: 42 USD
USA/UK: 35 USD
Australia, Germany, Netherlands: 30 USD

Thailand

Visa not required. 30 days visa waiver for most Western countries if arriving by flight. For land/water arriva ls 15 days.

India

Indian Visa must be obtained at the Indian embassy in your home country before arrival.

Bhutan

The Bhutan Visa will be obtained by us (a clear color scan copy of passport is needed for the same). All Guests will need to obtain their India visa themselves.

Please note: A multiple entry Indian visa will be needed. An e-Tourist visa offers only a single entry visa. Therefore an e-Tourist visa would not be suitable when travelling from India to Bhutan & back.

The Mekong to China

Thailand
Not required. 30 days visa waiver for most Western countries.

Burma
Simple cross border pass arranged locally. Current cost of a one day pass is 500 THB.

Laos
Visa on arrival. Passengers need 1 passport sized photo and current cost is USD 35 (or 1,500 THB).

China
Visa required. We recommend passengers obtain their visa in their home country prior to leaving on this trip.

Please visit http://cibtvisas.co.uk for further VISA information.