Its a mixed result on the topic of visa requirements for the countries that we are planning to visit. On the upside, about half of them will not required us to pay or obtain any visas in advance. But on the down side, it looks like we'll have to fork out a bit of money for the visas that we do need to get, plus a bit of time visiting a couple of consulates/embassies to do so.
Here's what we know so far:
|COUNTRY||VISA REQUIRED?||ON ARRIVAL/IN ADVANCE||DURATION||COST|
|Indonesia||Y||on arrival||30 d||$25 USD|
|Cambodia||Y||on arrival/online in advance||30 d||$25 USD|
|Vietnam||Y||in advance||30 d||$25 USD /1000 THB|
|India||Y||in advance||180 mo||$93 AUS|
|Sri Lanka||N||30 d||free|
|China||Y||in advance||90 d||$30 USD|
Due to visas being required to be obtained in advance for both Vietnam and India, we are going to obtain them in Bangkok in Feb. We've decided this for for a couple of reasons. Firstly, there isn't a consulate/embassy for Vietnam in our home city so we'd have to send our documents and passports via Registered Mail to Canberra, Australia, and their return. This is quite expensive. It'll be just as easy (and it'll work out cheaper) for us to just apply in person at the Embassy in Bangkok. Secondly, timing is an issue. Most visas are valid from the time that they are issued with a set expiry date. It may be too early to apply for our visa to India prior to our departure from Australia, so Bangkok or Chiang Mai may be the place that we obtain them.