It's amazing to be going on a cruise to South East Asia, and even more amazing to be working on the cruise giving lectures on Tai Chi. I hope to have the time to write a few lines every day and post photos (of course) for my friends and family to enjoy.
It was a bit tricky trying to get information about visas. There is so much conflicting information on the web, and even calling the embassies was not that informative. I called the Vietnam embassy in Ottawa , the charge for the quick visa was $230 not including courier. A visa company here in Toronto, wanted $700 to get an expedited visa for the 3 days in Vietnam. Finally I did some digging on the RC site after Rick was looking at it the other day. In a very small link on the documents page:
For Cambodia and Vietnam, ship personnel will assist each guest required to secure a visa for Cambodia and Vietnam and charge the guests onboard SeaPass account a one-time fee of twenty-eight ($28.00 USD) dollars for a Cambodia visa and twenty-five ($25.00 USD) dollars for a Vietnam visa.
These visa fees include a small processing charge by our local representative! What great service!
That means :
a) I don't have to do it before we leave
b) The total cost including processing is $106 US ( $100 CAN)
So that is a relief.
The other countries on our trip do not require visas for the short time we are there, but if you are travelling for longer trips, always check.
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