Background Info

Itineraries

We have taken every care to ensure that the details on our website are correct at the time of writing. Please note that itineraries may need to be altered at the last minute due to weather conditions, Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice or other factors beyond our control. Rest assured that any alterations we make will be in the best interests of an enjoyable and safe tour.
An updated itinerary including any changes from the published version will be sent to you for acceptance or otherwise prior to departure.

Please note that All Points East is not liable for extra expenses incurred due to forced changes in itinerary for reasons beyond our control.

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What to bring?

Detailed ‘what to bring’ lists are available for each tour. Please ask our office for an e-mail or postal copy. Note a simple answer to the above question is “as little as possible” – bearing in mind that most items you may forget are available locally and for a fraction of the price.

Insurance

It is a condition of booking that all persons travelling with us take out adequate personal insurance for the full period of travel.

Health regulations

There are no compulsory immunizations for EU or US citizens for any of our destinations. The following vaccinations are recommended: hepatitis A, polio, tetanus and typhoid. Your GP can advise on the above. If you are considering anti-malaria pills we recommend consulting a specialist. A yellow fever jab is required if coming from an infected area.

Financial security

All Points East is holder of Air Traffic Organiser’s License (ATOL) No. 5318, granted by the Civil Aviation Authority of the UK. All holidays and flights mentioned in the brochure are thereby fully protected so in the unlikely event of our insolvency the CAA guarantees full reimbursement and completion of any ongoing travel arrangements. For further information please consult the ATOL web-site at www.atol.org.uk.

Passports

All visitors must possess a 10 year passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of return.

Visas

Note there may be exceptions to the general info below below and regulations can change frequently so please check at the relevant embassy(ies) prior to departure.

Thailand:

Most EU & US citizens are not required to obtain visas prior to arrival for a stay of up to 1 month and will receive a 30 day visa free of charge upon arrival at any international airport in Thailand. (Note if arriving by land crossing the visa is for 15 days only.) Regulations may change for nationals of some of the newer EU member states so please check with your embassy. For stays of over a month a 60 day visa can be obtained from any Thai consulate.

Malaysia:

a 90 day visa is issued free of charge to all US and EU citizens upon arrival in Malaysia.

Laos:

a 30 day visa on arrival is available at land crossings and international airports. 2 passport sized photos and approx. $35 are required. If applying in Thailand the process takes from 2 – 3 days during which time you will not have access to your passport.

Cambodia:

30 day visas are issued on arrival at land crossings and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports. You will need 1 passport photo and $20. E-visas for certain entry points can also be obtained at this site for $25.

Sri Lanka:

You must get a visa before arrival. They can be obtained online from www.eta.gov.lk at a cost of $30 or by application to a Sri Lankan embassy.

Vietnam:

Visas are no longer required for citizens of many countries including the UK and the US for single-entry visits of up to 15 days. For longer visits, and for visitors from some countries, visas must be obtained before arrival in Vietnam and are available from your nearest Vietnamese embassy at £40 (c. $60). If you need any help with your visa please do not hesitate to contact us.

Burma:

A Myanmar visa is required to be obtained in advance from your nearest embassy.  A visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue so do not apply for your visa until three months before your return date.

In the case of UK residents the London Embassy is www.myanmarembassylondon.com. You are applying as a Foreign Independent Traveller NOT a Package Tour Group. The hotel for visa purposes is the Asia Plaza, Rangoon c/o Tour Mandalay (our Ground Handler). You should not require any other details.  Payment is made by postal order.

China:

A visa must be obtained before arrival in China. Your entry point in Hekou on day 6 of the itinerary. You will be arriving by road from Vietnam. Your address in China is c/o China Kunming Overseas Tours Co Ltd, Kunming. As the visa cannot be applied for by post.

Note: Non EU or US citizens should consult the relevant consulate for visa regulations for any of the above countries. All Points East is not responsible for problems occurring due to incorrectly obtained, or failure to obtain, relevant information prior to departure.