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We are doing the same cruise - I know for china there is no malaria risk in built up areas (xiamen,shanghai) there is vietnem & thailand probably - though locals in thailand(I know personally) do not bother to get vaccinated- as for visas for china - I am told I need a double entry visa (all other visas you can apply for onboard including Sanya (hannan). I too am looking for a cheaper option but since the embassy has handed over the visa applications to an agency , there seems to be no way round it.
That's a helpful answer -we'll just have to bite the bullet and pay up. We will probably risk not having injections as we should be aboard at dusk and dawn when the mozzies are at their hungriest. Hope we all enjoy the cruise.
You should be absolutely fine on the boat - due to the distances from port to towns - some 50 or so miles - we cannot be sure will get back - my husband uses deet (boots recommendation) - I use a homeopathic remedy plus citronella an essential oil (mossies hate the smell of citrus) We both get badly bitten wherever we go - so its long sleeved silk tops as well as long skirt/trousers -just face & feet get bitten!
I can only help with half your question assuming your a UK passport holder. Singapore no visa required. Hong Kong No Visa Req. Bangkok (Thailand) Cruise ships on a one day stop, No visa Req. Someone will help with China hopefully. I do believe it's mainly tiresome form filling at each stop. Singapore, if you've not done it, really needs about 3 days minimum pre cruise to justify this fantastic city. Your best bet for vaccination advice is the practice nurse at your GP (for your info we don't bother).
Many thanks for your comments Wilba.
Hi, I have obtained my visa for China this wk- it cost me £189 for my husband & I. We were advised by the guys behind the counter at the Chinese Visa office to obtain visa for multiple entry valid for 6 mths. I questioned them about it cos I thought double entry would be sufficient- the answer was that it would be best in case the ship had to make a detour or whatever...as we have no intention of being left sinking or swimming in the ocean we thought we will cough up and pay and as advised.
Being a Practice Nurse, I would recommend at least Typhoid; HepA ( you can have them combined- so only I inj) Dip/Tet/polio- (i inj as well)that's assuming you are not up to date with these. Antimalarial tabs not required but arm yourself with some insect repellants to protect yourself from mosquito bites. No visa required for HK; Bangkok & S'pore. We can obtain visas onboard for Vietnam & cambodia ( US$ 30) I was advised to have some passport photos handy to avoid paying over the odds for them onboard and have a couple of photocopies of your passport as well.
Many thanks for that information. We went to the Chinese Consulate in Manchester last week (one and a half hour round trip) and we pick our passports up tomorrow. I e-mailed Chinese Visa Application Service about the multiple entry visa but was told that we couldn't have the multiple and must have the double entry - it seems as though they can't give consistent advice! Our double entry visas cost £45 each and it was a very painless experience - no queues and plenty of on street parking. I will take your advice on the jabs although I think we're up to date but I'll check with our practice nurse. Relieved that we don't need malaria tabs though. Good advice with the photocopies (we experienced the need for photocopies in St Petersburg last year) and the passport photos. Are you doing the Legend cruise on 28th Feb?
Hi, just stumbled on this post, we to are going on this cruise and were confused about the visa situation, thank you all for making it clearer.
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My partner and i booked the same cruise with First option travel, our ticket and pre cruise information only arrived a few days before departure very poor service.
Also we were given no advice by agent as to visa requirements,has anyone else had this problem.