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One visa for Southeast Asia: Coming soon(ish)

 

The ASEAN Tourist Visa is set to give easy access to all 10 countries in Southeast Asia and finally solve the bureaucratic woes of frequent travellers within the region. Although the visa is still in the planning and discussion stage, as participant countries have yet to iron out travel procedures and their respective countries’ foreign policy, the rumour is that Malaysian and Thai officials are keen to see it in action as early as 2014. If all the countries can agree, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) visa will cover Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Since February 2012 non-ASEAN tourists have been able to obtain a single visa that covers both Thailand and Cambodia, and there are rumours that Laos and Vietnam will also be included by the end of the year. The Asean Tourist Visa is backed by the The Association of Southeast Asian Nations which hopes to promote the whole region to the travel industry.

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