A Guide to Visa and Passport Requirements for Five Top Destinations in Asia!

Posted on October 29, 2014 by JESSICA in Travel Tips

Paperwork. Yes, it's the boring part of planning a trip to Asia, but if you fail to get the appropriate visas or have an invalid passport, your trip could be over before it gets started. To help you prepare for your trip, we've compiled this handy guide for visa and passport requirements for five of the top destinations in Asia: China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan. 

Visa Requirements:


If you are not a Chinese citizen, you must obtain a visa for China prior to entering the country. These can be obtained through China's embassy, which is located in Washington, D.C., or one of its consulates, which are located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston and New York. Applications cannot be mailed in and must be brought in person by you or a representative.

If you cannot appear in person at a consulate or the embassy, Affordable World offers a service that can obtain your China visa for you. Please click here for further details.

72-Hour Transit Visa Exemption: If you live in one of 45 countries approved by the Chinese government, you can stay without a visa for up to 72 hours in one of seven port cities -- Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, Xi'an and Guilin. However, you must arrive by air into these cities to be eligible and must be transiting to a third country. If you're interested in this exemption, you can apply through your airlines.


Visas can be obtained for $25 upon arrival at Cambodia Customs. You will need to bring a 2-inch-by-2-inch color photo and complete an application form upon arrival.


Hong Kong SAR
No visa is required for citizens of the United States, who will be staying for 90 days or less.

Citizens of the United States do not need a visa if they will be staying for 30 days or less.


Citizens of the United States do not need a visa if they will be staying for 90 days or less. You must have a return or onward ticket to prove that you will be leaving the country.


Passport Requirements:
For China, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Thailand, your passport must be signed and should be valid for the entire duration of your stay. In addition, you must have at least one blank page available for the visa. For Japan, your passport needs only to be valid for the duration of your stay and you must have a blank page available for the entry stamp.


See here for our more detailed information regarding visa & passport requirements.

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    6/5/2016 10:06:43 AM

    Hi I am thinking of joining the 10 day Japan/Beijing tour. (Tour code AJB) I am a US citizen with an active US passport. When I was reading about the visa portion of this specific tour, it says that a Chinese visa is not required for US citizens unless they want to extend their stay in China. However, in other sections such as in the "Payment" portion, it says an entry visa is required for China. Can someone clarify if a Chinese visa is required for this tour if I do not plan to extend my stay in China?

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