Visa Advice

A valid passport and visa are required in order to take part in any SpiceRoads adventure. All passport, visa, and immigration requirements are the responsibility of the traveler. Be sure to allow enough time to apply for and secure all necessary requirements prior to departing for your trip.

Albania

Passport holders of up to 70 countries are not required to obtain a visa when entering Albania and are permitted to stay in the country for a period of 90 days. All foreign nationals who have a valid multi–entry Schengen visa, type “C” or “D”, or a valid residence permit in one of the Schengen member states, can enter, stay and transit Albania without a visa, within the validity term of the visa or the residence permit. Please check the Albanian government website for further details.

Bhutan

Contrary to just about the rest of the world, Bhutan does not issue visas before you arrive through their embassies or consulates. The only way to get a visa is on arrival to the country, however, you must submit an application form through a tour operator for approval before arriving.

SpiceRoads will submit your application for approval. This takes a minimum of 1 week. Please contact us for more information.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Citizens of the EU, UK, US, Australia, and Canada are among those who do not need a visa to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina for visits under 30 days. Also, Bosnia and Herzegovina now recognizes Schengen visa documents for visits of up to 30 days. To confirm whether you need to apply for a visa, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bulgaria

Travellers from Australia, the United Kingdom, US, EU and all foreign nationals who have a valid multi–entry Schengen visa, type “C” or “D”, or a valid residence permit in one of the Schengen member states do not need a visa to Bulgaria for a visit of less than 90 days. Click here for the list of countries that are exempt. Please check with the Bulgarian Embassy for further details.

Burma

A visa is required for all visitors to Burma. Please make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the duration of stay in Burma. Regulations are changing quickly, but at the moment the easiest method for those flying in is to obtain an e-visa for USD $50. The e-visa will be for a single-entry to international airports only (no land borders) and is valid for 28 days after entering the country. Apply online for the visa here and it takes one week to process (have a scanned copy of the first page of your passport and a digital photo ready). The approval letter must be printed as it will be needed to board international flights and needs to be submitted to immigration upon arrival. For those crossing at a land border (Bangkok to Yangon and Burma Road tours) you must go to your nearest Myanmar embassy to obtain a visa in advance. A list of embassies abroad is available here. Please click here for more information on visa requirements.

Cambodia

All nationalities require a visa and a passport valid for 6 months after their planned exit from Cambodia. A 30-day visa on arrival is available at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Airports and at some land border crossings. You can also obtain a visa online through e-Visa. There is a 3-day processing time and you'll need a scanned copy of the passport. Not all border crossings accept the e-Visa, please check this port of entry page which provides a list of which checkpoints support the e-Visa service. For a list of consulates/embassies abroad go to this page.

China

All nationalities are required to possess a valid passport. An entry visa is required to enter the PRC. Most travelers will seek a type L visa, stemming from the Chinese word: luxing (travel). This letter is stamped directly onto the visa. Visas are easily obtainable from most Chinese embassies or consulates abroad and issued within 3 to 5 days from application. Express visas are available for an additional fee. If you are applying for a visa by mail, it can take 3 to 4 weeks for approval. Most nationalities qualify for a 30 day visa which is activated on your first day in China, and must be used within 3 months of its issuance. There are also 60 and 90 day visas available. The 90 day visas where once difficult to get but are now more easily obtainable. A Chinese visa covers virtually the entire country with the exception of some restricted areas and Tibet.

Croatia

Citizens of the EU, UK, US, Australia, and Canada are among those who do not need a visa to enter Croatia for visits under 90 days. Also, Croatia now recognizes Schengen visa documents for visits of up to 90 days for every 180-day period. To confirm whether you need to apply for a visa, visit Croatia’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Georgia

Citizens of EU countries, the US, Canada, Japan, Israel, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein do not need a visa to visit Georgia for up to 90 days. If you’re not from one of the above countries, you may obtain a visa from a Georgian embassy or consulate. The standard fee for a 90-day, single-entry ‘ordinary’ visa, which covers tourism, is 60 GEL or its equivalent.

India

Please make sure that your passport is still valid for at least six months at the end of the tour. An electronic visa (e-visa) is available for passport holders of 150 countries including Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA and citizens of EU countries, with the application and the fee submitted at least 4 days before date of arrival. Fees vary depending on nationality. The visa is valid up to 60 days from the date of arrival. Visit here to apply and for the full list of eligible countries. For citizens of countries not specified a visa must be acquired before arriving in India. Please contact your local Indian embassy to receive a standard tourist visa. Locations on embassies worldwide are available here.

Indonesia

Citizens of 169 countries and territories can enter Indonesia visa-free for a 30-day tourist stay via 29 airports, including Jakarta and Denpasar, Bali. For a longer stay, please apply for a visa-on-arrival for a fee of $35. More information on visa-on-arrival can be found here. You can also apply for a visa in advance, please contact the Indonesian Embassy in your country for the cost and details of obtaining one before you visit the country. Please check as this might be more expensive and more of a hassle than acquiring on arrival.

Israel

Up to 99 countries do not require a visa for Israel for a maximum stay of 3 months for tourism. This includes the US, UK, Australia and the majority of European nations. However, you must present a machine-readable passport at the port of entry. Israel no longer stamps passports at airports and land crossings and now issues entry and departure records on small slips of paper with a barcode which is used as a gatepass to exit out of the passport control hall.

Please be advised there is a departure tax of 105 Israeli New Shekels, to be paid at the land border crossing into Jordan. 105 NIS is roughly 30 USD.

Japan

All nationalities require a valid passport and up to 62 countries have reciprocal visa exemption arrangements allowing nationals from those countries to enter Japan without a visa. Depending on the country, you are allowed to stay in Japan for a certain period of time, which can range from 90 days to six months.

Jordan

Up to 120 countries are eligible for a visa on arrival. This includes the US, UK, Australia and the majority of European nations. The fee is JOD 40 for a maximum of 2 months and a single entry. There is a JOD 15 exit tax from Jordan at land borders.

Kazakhstan

Please make sure that your passport is still valid for at least six months at the end of the tour and that you have at least two blank visa pages available. For 40 nationalities a visa is not required for visitors staying up to 30 days when you travel to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Visa-free visits are available to the citizens of Australia, Canada, EU countries, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA. For a full list of visa-free countries, look here. If you are staying longer in Kazakhstan or for nationalities that do require a visa we will provide you with instructions on how to apply for the visas as you will need a supporting letter.

Laos

All nationalities require a visa for Laos. A 30-day visa on arrival can be obtained at all airports and *some land border crossings. An eVisa can be used to enter Laos at international airports in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and Pakse. The process takes 3 days and can be applied for here.

A visa issued at a Laos consulate abroad is valid for 60 days. When entering Laos with a visa please be sure to obtain an immigration entry stamp. Entering the country on only a visa, and not the proper immigration entry stamp, could subject you to fines and/or penalties.

*Beginning December 31, 2019, these border posts will no longer offer Visa On Arrival (VOA) services or accept eVisas. If you are traveling into Laos from Vietnam through the Dien Bien Phu border (as in Cycling Hanoi to Luang Prabang) or the Nameo border (as in Remote Vietnam and Laos by Bike), you will need to obtain your entry visa at a Laotian embassy or consulate prior to arrival in Laos. Please contact the Laotian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence to apply for your visa in advance. Be aware that posted visa fees from the Laotian government can be subject to change without notice.

Macedonia

Citizens of EU member states and of the signatories to the Schengen Agreement may enter Macedonia with a valid ID card issued by the competent authorities of the concerning countries. All remaining nationalities require a valid passport for entry into the country. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. If staying less than 90 days a visa is not required for nationals of more than 70 countries. Please check the Macedonian government website for details applying to your status.

Madagascar

A valid passport and visa are required for all nationalities to enter Madagascar. However, for those staying fewer than 30 days a visa on arrival can be obtained at the Antananarivo Airport for 35USD, provided that their passport is valid at least six months from the date of entry. Please go here for more information.

Malaysia

Please verify that your passport is current and make a photocopy that you can carry with you at all times. Travellers from Australia, the United Kingdom, US and EU do not need a visa to Malaysia for a visit of less than three months.

Mongolia

All nationalities entering Mongolia require a passport that must be valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. Most nationalities require a single entry visa for trips to Mongolia. For a list of visa exempted countries please click here. Visa regulations in Mongolia can and do change without notice, so please give yourself enough time to check the current regulations to ensure you have the proper documents before embarking on this trip. If only transiting through China there is no need for a Chinese Visa.

Montenegro

Citizens of the EU member states and citizens of the signatories to the Schengen Agreement may enter the territory of Montenegro with a valid ID card issued by the competent authorities of the concerning countries. All remaining nationalities require a valid passport for entry into the country. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. If staying less than 90 days a visa is not required for nationals of more than 90 countries. Please check the Montenegrin government website for details applying to your status. The same applies for transiting through Croatia.

Morocco

Please make sure you have a passport valid for at least six months before your departure. While a visa must be obtained for foreigners wishing to enter Morocco, it is not required for all North American, most European, Australian and New Zealand nationals and they are able stay in the country up to 90 days. For more information, visit here for the full list of eligible countries.

Nepal

Please make sure that your passport is still valid for at least six months at the end of the tour. All foreigners, except Indians, must have a visa. You can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport by filling out an application form and providing a passport photograph. To get a jump on the line, you can download a visa application form from the websites of the Nepali embassy in Washington, DC or London ahead of time. The Visa fee depends on duration of stay; 15-day visa costs US$25 and 30-day visa costs US$40. Please see further details from Nepali embassy websites.

Philippines

All nationalities require a passport for entry into the Philippines. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. If staying less than 30 days then a visa is not required by European, North American, Australian and many other nationalities. The exceptions being passport holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), British National Overseas (BNO) and Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) who are only allowed up to 7 days stay without a visa. You will need to show proof of an onward flight out of the Philippines. For stays longer than 30 days, a Temporary Visitors Visa is required.

South Korea

Passport holders up to 101 countries do not require a visa to visit South Korea from 30 – 90 days. A complete list of visa-exempt countries is here.

Sri Lanka

Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry. You must obtain a US$35 visa (US$20 for SAARC countries and no charge for children under 12) via the ElectronicTravel Authorization (ETA) system before entering the country. If you don't obtain a Visa Approved Reference number through ETA you can obtain a visa on arrival for US$40.

Taiwan

All nationalities require a passport for entry into Taiwan. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. If staying less than 30 days then a visa is not required for European, North American, Australian and many other nationalities.

Tanzania

A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry to Tanzania is required by all nationals. A visa for Tanzania is required for most nationals except citizens of 57 countries, including Hong Kong and Singapore. Certain citizens can obtain single-entry visas on arrival at the port of entry into Tanzania. Passport photos are not required. Single-entry tourist visa: US$50 on arrival and must be paid with notes of US$50 or US$100. Click here for more visa information.

Thailand

All nationalities require a passport for entry into Thailand. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your stay in the country. If staying less than 30 days then a visa in advance is not required by European, North American, Australian and many other nationalities. Please check this page to see if you qualify. You will need to show proof of an onward flight out of Thailand to be eligible for the visa on arrival. This is strictly enforced.

Turkey

Passport holders of up to 78 countries, including the UK and Australia, are not required to obtain a visa when entering Turkey and are permitted to stay in the country for a period of 30 days at least. US citizen are required to have a visa and this can be obtained online through E-Visas. Please check with the Turkish Embassy for further details.

Uganda

It is advisable to obtain an East African Tourist visa for this trip, which allows travelers to travel freely between Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya at most points of entry (please note, this trip only goes from Uganda to Rwanda). To apply for an East Africa visa please go here, and select "East African Tourist Visa" under the "category," and select "Entebbe" as the port of entry, unless you are beginning your travels elsewhere.

The East African visa application costs US$ 100, and approved visas are valid for 90 days days starting from the issue date. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry.

Vietnam

Please make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the duration of stay in Vietnam. Most nationalities require a visa for Vietnam, however 22 nationalities including citizens of UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy are exempted from visa when entering Vietnam not exceed 15 days, regardless of type of passport and immigration purpose. However they must acquire a tourist visa if staying longer. For a list of countries exempt go to this page.

For 46 nationalities – including Australians, Canadians and Americans – an e-visa can be obtained.* This must be applied for and received before departure to Vietnam. To check for the E-visa and tourist fee for single entry and multiple entries please check the Visa fee. You must scan a copy of your photo and passport when applying and get your approval letter of your visa on arrival at international airport of Vietnam. To learn more click Visa process. The processing time is 1-3 working days (not include Saturday,Sunday and Vietnamese holiday).

Alternatively you can obtain a visa to Vietnam from the embassy worldwide. Here is the list of locations. You must specify your arrival date when applying for a visa and it is from this date that the 30 days will be calculated. When picking up your visa check to be sure the dates match your travel plans and that it is stamped directly into your passport as it will not be accepted if it is stapled in.

*For travellers on our Saigon to Bangkok or Saigon to Siem Reap trips, an eVisa is not applicable at the Vietnam exit point at Chau Doc. However, Visa On Arrival is available with an approval letter, which SpiceRoads can arrange at cost.