Southeast Asia Visa Requirements for US Passport Holders

Different Visa Requirements per Country in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is generally open to US citizens, with different degrees of visa-free access throughout the region.

Most countries in Southeast Asia allow fairly easy visa-free entry, or visa upon arrival, for stays ranging from two weeks to three months. The only exception is Vietnam, which requires US passport holders to get prior visa approval at a Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate.

So if you're planning to hop from country to country in Southeast Asia, be sure you're prepared long beforehand with the proper requirements, so you don't hit a wall at the immigration gate.

  • 01 of 09

    Visa Requirements for Cambodia

    Courtyard of the Silver Pagoda in Phnom
    ••• Photo by Tom Roche/Moment Open/Getty Images

    US passport holders may obtain a visa on arrival; just provide $30 and a passport-size photo. Your visa will let you stay on for a maximum of one month. Cambodia also offers a slightly more expensive, but vastly more convenient, Cambodia e-Visa that you can apply for online, for an additional $7 fee. For more information on getting a Cambodia visa, read this article: Cambodia Travel Information.

    To apply for a Cambodia visa while in the U.S., proceed to the Embassy of Cambodia's official site.You can also call (202)-997-7031 or email consular.camemb.usa@gmail.com for more details.

  • 02 of 09

    Visa Requirements for Indonesia

    As of March 2016, the Indonesian government allows citizens of 169 countries to enter visa-free.  US passport holders in particular may get one of these, but the fee depends on how long you plan to stay (30 day maximum). For more information, read this article: Indonesia Travel Information

    To apply for an Indonesian visa while in the U.S., proceed to the Embassy of Indonesia's site for consular services to get started. The embassy will not accept cash for visa fees; only company checks, cashier checks and money orders will be honored.

  • 03 of 09

    Visa Requirements for Laos

    Hmong ladies in Laos
    ••• Hmong ladies in Laos. Image courtesy of the Laos Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism

    Visa on arrival for US passport holders may be purchased for $50; maximum 30 days' stay.

    You'll need to present the fee along with the following requirements: an original U.S. visa with at least six months remaining validity; a fully-accomplished visa application form from the visa booth at your port of entry; and two recent passport-type photos.

    Visas on arrival are not only available at Laos international airports; you can also secure them at selected overland crossings between Laos and China, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

    To apply for a Laos visa while in the U.S., proceed to the Embassy of Laos' official site. For more information on getting a Laos visa on arrival, read this article about Laos visa requirements.

  • 04 of 09

    Visa Requirements for Malaysia

    US passport holders visiting Malaysia need not get a visa if visiting for social, business or academic purposes. Visitors can stay, visa-free, for a maximum of three months. For more information, read this article: Malaysia Travel Information.

    For more information on Malaysian visas straight from the horse's mouth, proceed to the Embassy of Malaysia's official site.

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  • 05 of 09

    Visa Requirements for Myanmar

    Umbrella making in Pathein, Myanmar
    ••• Umbrella making in Pathein, Myanmar. Image courtesy of the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels & Tourism

    To enter Myanmar, you need a valid passport with at least six months' remaining validity, and a valid visa for Myanmar. The “visa on arrival” scheme has been discontinued for tourists; only business visa applicants can get one.

    Fortunately for U.S. travelers, Myanmar offers an “e-Visa” - just log onto their official site (evisa.moip.gov.mm) to apply. The e-Visa costs $50 (payable via credit card); you'll also need to upload a recent color ID image along with your passport and ticket details. Without an e-Visa, US passport holders must obtain pre-approval for a visa from the nearest Myanmar embassy or mission. Find out more at the Embassy of Myanmar's official site.

    For more information, read this article: Myanmar Visa - Entry Requirements and How to Get Your Visa for Myanmar. More general information also available here: Myanmar Travel Information

  • 06 of 09

    Visa Requirements for Philippines

    US passport holders may enter without a visa, for stays not exceeding 21 days. Visa Extensions can be obtained from Philippine Embassies, Philippine Consulates, or from the Bureau of Immigration within the Philippines. Read this article: Philippines Travel Information.

    For more information on Philippines visas, proceed to the Philippine embassy's official site.

  • 07 of 09

    Visa Requirements for Singapore

    Changi Airport display, Singapore
    ••• Changi Airport display, Singapore. Mike Aquino

    US passport holders are not required to obtain a visa to visit Singapore; the Entry Pass permits a maximum stay 30 days. Read this article: Singapore Travel Information. For more information on Singapore visas, proceed to the Singapore embassy's official site.

  • 08 of 09

    Visa Requirements for Thailand

    US passport holders can get a stamp on arrival, permitting them to stay for up to 30 days. A single 14-day extension may be obtained. For more information, read this article: Thailand Travel Information

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  • 09 of 09

    Visa Requirements for Vietnam

    Exterior of The To Trieu temple, Hue Citadel, Vietnam.
    ••• Exterior of The To Trieu temple, Hue Citadel, Vietnam. Mike Aquino, licensed to About.com

    US passport holders must obtain pre-approval for visa from the nearest Vietnamese Embassy. 30-day or 90-day visitor’s visa may be obtained in the U.S. from either the Vietnamese embassy in Washington, DC if you're on the East Coast, or at the Vietnamese consulate in San Francisco if you're on the West Coast.

    Read this article for more: Vietnam Visa. More general information also available here: Vietnam Travel Information. For more information on Vietnam visas straight from the source, proceed to the Vietnam embassy's official site.