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Asia is an incredibly rich, diverse, and interesting expanse of countries, governments, religions, people, and languages. It's important to research your trip from more than the standpoint of what you'll see. Try some of these links for information about safety and health.


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect you from unanticipated events during your trip such as transportation delays, lost or stolen luggage, terrorism, natural disasters, medical emergencies, etc. We are authorized agents of both Ripcord Travel Protection and Allianz Global Assistance. Please be sure to ask your Red Lantern Journeys destination specialist about your insurance options and important considerations.




Most countries in Asia require tourists to have a valid visa to enter the country, but not all. Please use the information below and consult with your Red Lantern Journeys destination specialist to help you decide what's best for your situation.

IMPORTANT: Most countries, regardless of whether or not they require a visa, do require that your passport be valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the date that you will be leaving the country. Please check your passport expiration dates and renew your passport if necessary!


Visa Requirements by Country:

  • India: Visas are required in advance for US and Canadian citizens. The most convenient method is to obtain the visa online, click here to apply for an e-Tourist Visa on the official government designated website. You can only apply between 120 and 4 days prior to arrival, and the e-Visa is valid for 60 days, single or double entry. The e-Visa is valid for entry through 24 designated Airports (i.e. Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi, as well as 3 designated seaports (i.e. Cochin, Goa, Mangalore). However, you can take exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India.
  • Thailand: Visas are not required if you are arriving by air and staying less than 30 days, or 15 days if you are arriving by land.
  • Vietnam: Visas are required for US and Canadian citizens. Red Lantern Journeys can arrange for a visa-on-arrival with your tour. For a stay less than 30 days and single entry, click here to to apply for an E-visa. For multiple entries, please contact your Red Lantern Agent to arrange for a multiple entry visa on arrival.
  • Cambodia: Visas are required for tourists in Cambodia, but you can get them on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. For US and Canadian citizens, you'll need US$30 cash and 2 passport photos; However, if you would like to get one in advance, click here to apply for an E-Visa, note that this may not be valid for some overland border crossings.
  • Laos: Visas are required for tourists in Laos, but you can get them on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. You'll need US$35 cash ($42 for Canadians) and 2 passport-size photos.
  • Myanmar: For a single entry and stay less than 28 days, you can click here to apply for an E-Visa. You should only apply within 90 days of arrival.  
  • Bhutan: Tourist visas are required, but can only be obtained from the tour operator that you book your trip with, like Red Lantern Journeys. Actually, we arrange for the visa approval letter, which allows you to board the Druk Air flight into the country, then your passport is stamped with the visa on arrival in Paro.
  • Nepal: Visas are required for tourists and trekkers, but can be obtained on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You'll need a passport-size photo and US$25 for a stay up to 15 days, US$40 for a stay up to 30 days, and US$100 for a stay up to 90 days.
  • Mongolia: In an unusual twist, Canadian citizens are required to have a visa to visit Mongolia, but US citizens are not for a stay of up to 30 days. Canadian citizens can apply for their visa here: Mongolia Visa by Mail.


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