Asia Travel Guide
To visit Asia you will need a British passport, valid for at least 6 months after your intended return.
Currently, visas are not required for stays of up to 30 days in Thailand, Singapore, Bali and Hong Kong and up to 90 days in Malaysia.
Travellers over 18 are entitled to a duty-free allowance of drink and cigarettes. All countries allow cash for personal use to be taken into the countries but very large amounts must be declared. Foodstuffs, plants or animal products must also be declared on arrival.
The Asia countries featured on this website generally have good standards of health care and hygiene although it is best to stick to bottled water. No vaccinations are compulsory although some are recommended and, in some areas, it is advisable to protect against Malaria. You should consult your GP or travel clinic for the latest advice before travelling.
To drive in Malaysia or the Thai Islands you will need your full UK driving license. Cars are usually air conditioned and seat belts compulsory. Driving elsewhere in Asia is not recommended.
It is wise to take some local currency with you although there are bureaux de change at most airports. Banking hours in Asia are similar to those in the UK and most towns have cash dispensers. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in shops and restaurants.
A tip is not usually expected in Asia although it is normal to leave the small change in a restaurant. However, some market hotels and restaurants in the cities do add a 10% service charge to your bill.
Electricity & Telephones
As in the UK, supply is 220-240 volts, 50Hz AC. However sockets are different and you will need an adaptor. There is good reception for most mobile phone networks.
The climate throughout South East Asia can be hot and often humid and sun screen is a must. Tropical rains occur at times throughout the region but these are usually short lived. Further north, Beijing can be cold in winter when a coat is essential.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office produces up-to-date information on countries around the world. You can check their advice online at www.fco.gov.uk or by calling 0845 850 2829