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Rollingcrock
Moderator

Hello.
After reading countless forum topics on visa’s im still shitting myself that i will miss something out or bugger something up. I find it all a bit confusing. Will STA sit down with you and help sort it out? I leave in November and im going to China,Vietnam,Cambodia and Thailand and still need to get these visas. Plus im really not sure if i need a couple of them. I read that you can get on the borders?
Unfortunatly my life long downfall of being disorganised has got the better of me again.
Too busy sorting out playlists on my ipod than worrying about the important things. Silly billy.
Can anyone help?
Going to go in in the morning but im stressing about it today,since ford super Sunday has ended and ive had time to think.
Cheers folks.


Graaant
Participant

STA will charge you a fee to apply for visas on your behalf.
You can easily apply by yourself through most countries embassy websites and it will save you cash.
If you’re not sure about what countries you need one for, check out [url=http://www.thetravellerslounge.co.uk/visas/visa.htm rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”]this website[/url]


Rollingcrock
Moderator

I need to send away my passport for China i believe? hmm…..im just worried incase it doesn’t come back! Oh the fun times…….


Rollingcrock
Moderator

[quote-0]
STA will charge you a fee to apply for visas on your behalf.
You can easily apply by yourself through most countries embassy websites and it will save you cash.
If you're not sure about what countries you need one for, check out [url=http://www.thetravellerslounge.co.uk/visas/visa.htm rel="nofollow" target="_blank"]this website[/url][/quote-0]
Cheers. Im not sure if im in Thailand more than 30 days. Don’t think i am. Maybe its best i go to STA and check.


m.garratt
Moderator

For China I used [url=http://www.chinesevisadirect.co.uk/ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”]Chinese Visa Direct[/url], it was quick and simple to Special Delivery it to them and within a week I had it back with a visa. I think they charge about £20 on top of the visa cost and this includes the Special Delivery postage back to you.
The Vietnam visa you need to get before you get to the border, but you have to give the exact date you intend to arrive and you then have 30 days from that date whether you enter on that date or not (and can’t go in before that date). It might be easier to get this visa in China, either in Beijing, Hong Kong or Kunming.
I believe you can buy a Cambodian Visa at the border if entering from Vietnam. If not you can get it in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh
Thailand will give you a free 30 day stamp at the border if entering overland.
Chill out, don’t worry. Get the Chinese visa sorted and everything else can be sorted on the road. Have a great time.


m.garratt
Moderator

[quote-0]Im not sure if im in Thailand more than 30 days. Don't think i am. Maybe its best i go to STA and check. [/quote-0]
You can always do a visa run over the Malaysian border to get another 30 days stamp. Burma let you enter for just this purpose for $5, or go to Laos (it’s amazing and well worth a visit) for $20(?).
STA will not take responsibility for their visa advice. At the end of the day their staff are just people who like travelling, they don’t know everything. They also want to maximise their sales so if you ask them ‘do I need this visa?’, they’re likely to say ‘yes, let me get one for you’.


Rollingcrock
Moderator

[quote-0]For China I used [url=http://www.chinesevisadirect.co.uk/ rel="nofollow" target="_blank"]Chinese Visa Direct[/url], it was quick and simple to Special Delivery it to them and within a week I had it back with a visa. I think they charge about £20 on top of the visa cost and this includes the Special Delivery postage back to you.
The Vietnam visa you need to get before you get to the border, but you have to give the exact date you intend to arrive and you then have 30 days from that date whether you enter on that date or not (and can't go in before that date). It might be easier to get this visa in China, either in Beijing, Hong Kong or Kunming.
I believe you can buy a Cambodian Visa at the border if entering from Vietnam. If not you can get it in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh
Thailand will give you a free 30 day stamp at the border if entering overland.
Chill out, don't worry. Get the Chinese visa sorted and everything else can be sorted on the road. Have a great time.[/quote-0]

Thanks for the post. Feel alot better. Totally getting the jitters for going! Im meeting up with a group when i get to China and were travelling these countries for two months. Its only 8 weeks so thats why im not to sure if i need them or not. I just dont want to be the only plug on the trip that hasn’t sorted it out and give myself hastle. Because its an organised trip i cant possibly say for sure when im going to arrive in and out of these countries. But yeh i think your right about sorting the China one out first and foremost.


m.garratt
Moderator

Ask the company you’re going with for advice on what you need in advance and what they expect to give you time to get en route. They maybe able to advise you of the date you will arrive in Vietnam, I’m not sure how long you would need if you get it en route.


deleted-user
Participant

[quote-0]I need to send away my passport for China i believe? hmm.....im just worried incase it doesn't come back! Oh the fun times.......[/quote-0]
Hi,
Just get an appointment to see someone at the Chinese Embassy on Portland Place through their website:
[url=http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/lsyw/chivisa/ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”]http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/lsyw/chivisa/[/url]
click: online appointment for application of chinese visas
Bring your passport, proof of flight out of the country, proof of seven days accommodation and application form – print from same web page.
It takes 15 mins max! Just a chat to someone at the counter.
Leave it there for four days and return to collect it.
Cost: £30 for single entry or £45 for double entry.
Easy Peasy 🙂


m.garratt
Moderator

Easy if you live in London; Rollingcrock lives in Aberdeen making it a bit more than a ‘pop’ to go back and pick it up. Even when I lived in Essex it was cheaper and less hassle to get an agency to do it for me than visit twice or pay for express one day service.

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