When planning a trip to Southeast Asia, you will soon realize that to visit most of its countries you will need a visa. In this article we are going to tell you which ones visas for Southeast Asia you need and for which countries.
Visas for Southeast Asia
We are going to classify the countries of Southeast Asia into three different groups:
- countries that do not need a visa,
- countries with visa on arrival,
- countries that need a visa before arrival.
Countries that do not need a visa
In this case, when you arrive at the land border or at one of its airports, you will have to hand over your passport so that the customs agents can stamp it for you, and that’s it. There may be a limit of days, obviously, and if your intention is to stay beyond this limit, you will have to obtain a special visa, take care of extending it or leave the country and then re-enter.
Visa for Brunei
Spaniards and other EU citizens do not need a prior visa for stays of less than 90 days.
Visa for Indonesia
Since June 2015, Spaniards do not need a visa to enter Indonesia as tourists, for a maximum time of 30 days. If you want to extend your stay, you will have to process the visa, the price of which is $ 35 upon arrival at the airport itself. The visa extension for another 30 days has the same price.
Visa for Philippines
A visa is not required for stays of up to 30 days. Of course, it is necessary to have a flight out of the country to be accepted. This requirement is common for many countries … find out before you travel 🙂
Visa for Malaysia
We can stay in the country for up to 90 days, entering both by land and by air.
Visa for Thailand
If we enter through an airport we can stay up to a maximum of 30 days. If we enter by land, the maximum time is 15 days.
Visa for Singapore
They will put a stamp valid for 90 days, whether we enter by air or by land.
Visa for Vietnam *
Since July 1, 2015, Spaniards do not need a visa for Vietnam, as long as the stay is up to a maximum of 15 days (including the day of arrival and departure) and is entered only once. For longer stays, you will have to apply for a visa before going to the country, online.
Since you have a 15-day permit, two months have to pass until the next stay of a maximum of another 15 days.
Countries with visa on arrival “on arrival”
Visa for Cambodia
It can be processed directly both at airports and at border crossings. The length of stay is 30 days and the price is $ 30 (in both cases, although many will try to scam you a few extra dollars at the borders). You will need a photo.
Visa for Laos
To enter Laos both by land border and through an airport it is necessary to process a visa on arrival. The price is $ 35 and you will need two photos. The length of stay is 30 days.
Countries where you will have to process the visa before arrival
Visa for Myanmar
At the moment, it is still necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Myanmar. Although since 2014 it can be done online at the following link. It takes 5 days to process (an e-mail is received that must be presented at the border) and the price is $ 50. It is valid for 3 months (that is, you have to travel in the next three months) and for stays of no more than 28 days. IMPORTANT: this visa is only valid to enter through one of these airports: Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw.
You can also apply for a Myanmar visa at one of its embassies around the world. We did it in the one in Kuala Lumpur.
It is not possible to process the visa at the border, although if you have the visa, you can access through border crossings with Thailand at:
- Tachileik (Shan state) – Mae Sai (north of the Thai border).
- Myawaddy (Kayin State) – Mae Sot (center of the border with Thailand).
- Kawthoung (Tanintharyi Division) – Ranong-Kawthoung (south of the Thai border).
For stays of more than 15 days or of several entries you need to process a visa. There are visas of 1 or 3 months and with one or more entries. To process it you can do it in the following ways:
- In the embassy of Vietnam in Spain or in one of the Vietnam embassies in the world (we take it out in Sihanokville), for entries both through the airport and through land border crossings. The price is $ 45 and it takes about 3-4 days. You need to fill out a form and submit a photo.
- In some Vietnamese travel agency that process it online as myvietnamvisa, vietnam-visa or vietnam-immigration. Only for entries to the country through airports. The prices are somewhat higher.
Summary table with visas for Southeast Asian countries
|Country||No visa||Visa on arrival||Advance visa||Stay||Price|
|X *||X *||15/30||Free*|
As you can see, the visas for Southeast Asia They will not be the excuse for not taking your backpack and starting the trip. And if it is traveling the whole world, much better! Take a look at our PREPARATIONS section to finish finishing off your trip and don’t forget to take out travel insurance (here a 5% discount).