HOW TO APPLY FOR VISA

 

Here we list down the proper guide to applying and obtaining your visa throughout various countries.

 

How to apply for travel Visa

  1. Thailand – S. citizen tourists entering Thailandfor fewer than 30 days do not require a visa. We recommend that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry into Thailand to ease entry.
  2. Vietnam – You must have a valid passport and a visa(or pre-approval for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa Visit the Embassy of Vietnam website for the most current information.  Go online: www.vietnamvisa.govt.vn.
  3. LaosYour passport must have at least six months validity remaining from the date of entry and at least two blank visa pages.

Tourist Visas are required. Tourist visas on arrival are available at certain ports of entry, and generally permit a stay of 30 days. You can extend the visa up to an additional 60 days through the Department of Immigration in Vientiane.

To obtain a visa in advance, and for other information about Lao entry requirements, please contact the Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 2222 S St. NW, Washington DC 20008, tel: 202-332-6416, fax: 202-332-4923.

  1. Myanmar – The Government of Burma controls travel to, from, and within Burma. To enter Burma, you must have a valid passport with at least six months remaining validity and a valid visa. You should apply for your visa at a Burmese embassy or consulate abroad before you arrive in Burma. In Burma, you will be required to show your passport with a valid visa at all airports, train stations, and hotels. Security checkpoints are common outside of tourist areas.

You can get information about entry requirements as well as other information from the Embassy of Burma’s website. The Embassy is located at 2300 S Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. Telephone: 202-332-4350. The Permanent Mission of Burma to the UN is located at 10 East 77th St., New York, NY 10021. Telephone: 212-535-1311 or 212-744-1271. Fax: 212-744-1290.

  1. Indonesia – S. citizen tourists entering Indonesiafor fewer than 30 days do not require a visa. We recommend that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry into Indonesia to ease entry.
  2. Cambodia – You will need a valid passport and a Cambodian visa to enter Cambodia. Tourist and business visas are valid for one month from the date of entry into Cambodia. Cambodia offers on-line visa processing.You may also apply in person at the Cambodian Embassy located at 4530 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011, tel. 202-726-7742, fax 202-726-8381.

Tourists and business travelers may also obtain a Cambodian visa at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and at all major border crossings. Cambodian immigration officials at airports now collect fingerprints upon entry using an inkless, electronic process. You will need two passport-sized (4cm by 6cm) photographs and a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of entry into Cambodia.

  1. Malaysia –

PASSPORT VALIDITY, Six months beyond date of arrival

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:One blank page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED: Not required for stays of less than 90 days

  1. Singapore-

PASSPORT VALIDITY, Six months beyond date of arrival

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:One blank page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED: Not required for stays of less than 90 days

  1. China –
  • Obtain a visa prior to arrival and have a passport with at least six months’ validity remaining. The lack of either will result in a fine and immediate deportation.
  • Apply for a ten-year multiple entry visa, useful for repeated travel or trips to Hong Kong or Macau with returns to China.
  • You must have a valid visa to exit China and you must leave China before the expiration of the listed duration of stay.

During Your Stay: 

  • Failure to register with the police within 24 hours of arrival in the country could result in fines and deportation. You can register with hotel staff or the local police station.
  • Local regulations require foreigners to carry valid passports and Chinese visas or residence permits at all times.
  • Entry and exit requirements are strictly enforced, as are restrictions on activities allowed by any particular visa class.
  • Police, school administrators, transportation officials, and hotel staff may check your visa to make sure you have not overstayed. If you overstay your visa’s duration of stay, you may be denied service by hotels, airports and train stations, as well as face fines and detention.
  • If you encounter problems in Tibet, the U.S. government has limited ability to provide assistance, as the Chinese government does not usually authorize U.S. government personnel to travel there, even to provide consular assistance to U.S. citizens.

Lack of a visa, having an expired visa or overstaying your visa will result in detention and/or fines.

  • Apply for a visa extension from your local Entry/Exit Bureau before attempting to leave the country. Do not expect your request to be expedited, so apply ahead of time.
  • Visit the website of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China for current visa information as well as information on China’s immigration and nationality laws.
  1. Japan-

Entry & Exit:

  • You must have a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business “visa free” stays of up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan.
  • You cannot work on a 90-day “visa free” entry.
  • “Visa free” entry status may not be changed to another visa status without departing and then re-entering Japan with the appropriate visa, such as a spouse, work, or study visa.
  • Japanese immigration officers may deny you entry if you appear to have no visible means of support.
  • All foreign nationals are required to provide fingerprint scans and to be photographed at the port of entry. Exceptions to this requirement include diplomatic and official visa holders, minors, and individuals covered under SOFA Article IX.2. For further information about landing procedures, please visit the Immigration Bureau of Japan’s website.
  • Make sure your passport is valid. Japanese immigration occasionally encounters U.S. travelers attempting to enter Japan on a passport that had been reported lost or stolen and denies entry to such travelers. In many of these cases the U.S. citizen traveler claims they are traveling on a passport that they had previously lost and reported as lost or stolen, but then subsequently found and used for travel. If you have reported your passport lost or stolen, you must apply for a new passport before travel.

Transiting Japan: 

  • Ensure that your passport and visa are valid and up to date before you leave the United States. Passport services are not available at the airport.
  • Airlines in Japan may deny you boarding for transit if you don’t have the required travel documents for an onward destination in Asia or if your passport does not have six months of validity remaining. For the entry requirements of the country you’re traveling to, visit the State Department’s Country Specific Information website.
  1. Korea-
  • Passport valid at time of entry.
  • No visa required for stays less than 90 days for tourism or business.
  • Visa required for all other purposes, including employment, teaching English, and for stays longer than 90 days.

Exceeding your authorized stay or not possessing a valid visa may result in detention and fines.

  • In the event of an overstay, apply for a visa extension from the Korea Immigration Service (KIS) before attempting to leave the country. Also consult with KIS regarding changes in visa category.