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
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
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
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.
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.