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Single visa for Southeast Asia (ASEAN countries) to be a reality

March 18, 2011

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is working on a plan that would open the region to foreign tourists in the same way Europe’s unified visa system (Schengen) has streamlined travel.

Jungle-covered temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, five-star beach resorts in Bali, shopping in Singapore or spicy street food in Thailand – Southeast Asia is a region that is considered to be one of the low-budget destinations in the world.

ASEAN countries are Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Brunei.

Analysts say visitor numbers could be boosted by slashing the time-consuming and confusing visa requirements for each of ASEAN’s 10 countries, which range from vibrant developing democracies to isolated, military-dominated Myanmar.

While some allow foreigners to simply purchase visas on arrival, others require wads of paperwork, photos and up to a week to issue the required stamp. The concept of a single visa has wide support among tourism bodies across Southeast Asia.

ASEAN is yet to outline the cost or length of stay for its planned single tourist visa. But it acknowledges it could take several years to introduce. The single visa is one of several initiatives being worked on by ASEAN to boost tourism in the region. The organisation is also overseeing the creation of regional tourism standards which would apply to things such as accommodation, food and public toilets.



  • Hi,
    If you want go to Vietnam, you should known: All foreign nationals need a Vietnam visa to enter Vietnam, with certain exceptions: citizens of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Japan and South Korea do not need a visa if they are travelling to Vietnam for less than fifteen days, have a passport valid for three months following the date of entry and hold a return air ticket.

    No Vietnam entry visa for traveling to Phu Quoc Island – Vietnam: Foreigners and Vietnamese nationals bearing foreign passports who enter Vietnam through an international border gate, only staying in the transit lounge, then travel to Phu Quoc Island and stay in Phu Quoc less than 15 days will also be exempt from Vietnam visa application.

    Hope useful!

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