Preparing For Your TripPassports & Visas
PASSPORT VALIDITY AND ACCURACY OF PASSPORT NAMES MUST BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF PAYMENT
- All bookings must have the correct name(s) exactly as it appears on the passport. This will ensure Intra-Asia Air is ticketed and issued correctly. It also avoids any airline imposed change fees for you should the name on the air tickets not match your FULL name shown on your passport. In addition, passports MUST have at least FOUR empty visa pages and be valid for at least SIX MONTHS from the date you return home.
VISA FOR VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA
North American citizens need separate visas to enter both Vietnam and Cambodia.
- Guests with a “Cruise & Land Itinerary”:
These guests must obtain a multiple entry visa for Vietnam (as there are two different points of entry
into the country) and a¬ single-entry visa for Cambodia.
- Guests with a “Cruise Only Itinerary”:
These guests are required to obtain a single-entry visa for both countries.
Visas for Vietnam and Cambodia should be obtained from the Vietnamese and Cambodian Consulates located in the travelers’ home country prior to your departure.
While the Cambodian government does offer travelers the opportunity to purchase visas at reduced fees upon arrival at international airports or on board the AmaDara, you would need to bring an extra passport photo and adequate cash in
US Dollars, approximately $40.00. This option can be terminated by local authorities at any time without prior notice and AmaWaterways cannot be held responsible for the expense and subsequent issues guests would face should this event occur.
For cruise direction from Cambodia to Vietnam (Prek Kdam to My Tho Port)
The visa for Cambodia can be obtained at the Siem Reap or Phnom Penh International airports.
For cruise direction from Vietnam to Cambodia (My Tho Port to Prek Kdam)
The visa for Cambodia can be obtained on board the AmaDara, before the river cruise ship enters Cambodia.
Cambodia: e-Visas are NOT accepted for visitors entering from Vietnam by river cruise ship.
Vietnam: e-Visas are NOT accepted for visitors entering and exiting Vietnam by river cruise ship.
We recommend that you photocopy certain pages of your passport (photo ID page and visa pages), as well as your airline tickets and driver’s license and/or birth certificate. This will greatly expedite the replacement of any lost documents. Be sure to keep the originals separate from the copies. You can also scan these documents and email them to yourself as attachments. Please remember to fill out the “emergency next of kin” section in your passport (in pencil).
If you purchased travel protection insurance, please make sure to write down important information such as the insurance company’s telephone number and your policy number.
Airlines have become very strict about the size and weight of baggage and carryon luggage. Please check your airline’s website to confirm specific allowances prior to your departure. Most airlines allow one piece of checked baggage and one carry-on per person. General guidelines:
- International air passengers: Each checked bag should measure less than 62 inches total (157 cm) and weigh less than 50 lbs. (22.7 kg).
- Cruise & Land program passengers: Checked bag(s) cannot exceed a total of 44 lbs. (20 kg), due to inter-Asia flight restrictions.
- All passengers: Your carry-on bag should not exceed 22”x 14”x 9” and must weigh less than 15 lbs. (7 kg).
Airlines may impose fees for excess baggage and/or require you to remove articles and put them in another bag if weight/size limits are exceeded. AmaWaterways is not responsible for any additional fees imposed by airlines. Also, storage space may be limited on board your ship and/or motorcoaches/ tender boats, and porters may refuse to carry heavy, oversized suitcases. For these reasons, we recommend bringing only one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person.
It is a good idea to place your itinerary and contact information inside your checked bag, just in case it goes temporarily astray.
Please contact your service provider for information on overseas usage. Your phone will need to be set up for international roaming.
Health & Well-being
All North American residents should consult the latest vaccine recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Visit www.cdc.gov or call 1-800-232-4636 (toll free in the U.S.). Residents of other countries should contact the appropriate government agency in their home country to determine what, if any, vaccinations are recommended.
Depending on your health history, your physician may also recommend malaria pills or certain booster shots, such as tetanus and/or Hepatitis A and B. Antidiarrhea medicine may also be advised, in case you are sensitive to certain spices or unfamiliar ingredients commonly used in Southeast Asia.
You should be as fit and healthy as possible before starting on your journey, and have enough physical stamina to go on shore excursions and sightseeing tours.
Making the Most of Your Trip
Experienced travelers know how to be flexible. The more you can adapt to constantly changing conditions, the less stressed you’ll be and the more you will enjoy your journey. This is especially true when traveling in third-world countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. Being friendly and open-minded will make things more enjoyable for everyone. No matter where you go in the world, a warm smile is always welcome!