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Documents required & health information for the Far East

British Foreign & Commonwealth Advice:

Cox & Kings supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Aware campaign to help you stay safe and healthy overseas. Find out more at FCO Travel Aware. The FCO website provides travel information for many countries around the world which includes advice on safety and security, entry requirements and health, as well as general information. Cox & Kings strongly recommends that you, and everyone on your booking, visit the FCO website and read the advice about the country you are planning to visit prior to booking. You should also revisit the advice regularly prior to your departure as it may change frequently. It is also possible to sign-up to receive FCO e-mail updates for your destination so you are aware of any changes to advice they issue and we recommend you do this. There are different levels of advice, and sometimes this includes advice against travelling to certain areas or countries. To check the current travel advice, visit and follow @FCOTravel on Twitter and

Health & entry requirements

All the destinations featured in our collection have specific entry regulations and many have recommended health precautions. The requirements and recommendations in force at the time of publication are detailed below. If there are any alterations, you will be informed at the time of booking or as soon as these are known to us. However, it is your responsibility to check the relevant requirements and recommendations before departure to ensure that you comply with them, and to take with you the correct documentation for the country or countries that you are visiting.

Please note that the entry requirements listed are only valid for British citizens. All other nationalities should check with the relevant embassy / consulate for advice. Regarding any inoculations or health precautions that may be needed, Cox & Kings recommends that you consult your GP or travel clinic for personal advice.

Requirements and recommendations are as follows:
Burma (Myanmar): ABC†DEFGHIJK
Cambodia: AB*C†DEFGIK
Hong Kong: AEGIK
Indonesia: AC*DEFGHIJK
Japan: AGHK
Singapore: AC†EGIK
South Korea: AEFGIK
Taiwan: AEGHIK

Key to the codes:
A: Full valid British passport required (minimum six months validity from the intended date of return).
B: Visa required (see note).
B*: Visa required and can be obtained on arrival, please check requirements with your travel consultant.
B†: Visa required, to be completed online.
C: Yellow fever precautions advised.
C*: A yellow fever certificate is required if travelling from an infected country.
C†: A yellow fever certificate is required for all travellers more than one year old when travelling from an infected country.
D: Cholera precautions advised.
E: Typhoid, polio and hepatitis A precautions may be advised.
F: Malaria precautions advised.
G: Tetanus precautions advised.
H: Areas of high altitude – check with your GP for confirmation that it is safe for you to visit.
I: Food and drink precautions advised.
J: Diphtheria precautions advised.
K: Hepatitis B precautions advised.

Changes to requirements and recommendations:
The above information is accurate at the time of publication (July 2014). Cox & Kings will advise you before accepting your booking should there be any subsequent changes to the above recommendations and requirements. You should contact your GP or visit the Masta (Medical Advice Service for Travellers Abroad) website where you can receive professional advice as well as arrange any vaccinations. Further country-specific useful health advice for travellers can be found via the NHS and FCO.

General health advice

Please see the advice regarding inoculations for specific countries above. For more general advice, please note the following:

  • Drink only bottled water and check the seal is secure when you receive it.
  • Do not eat raw vegetables, unpeeled fruit, and raw or uncooked seafood.
  • Avoid drinks with ice in unless you know that the ice was made from filtered water.
  • Avoid food and drink from street vendors and restaurants that might have suspect refrigeration and sanitary practices.

Please check with your travel consultant as to which areas are at high altitude. In order to minimise the effects of altitude, it is advisable to rest for a few hours upon arrival. If you have any history of heart complaints, or if you are over the age of 60, please check with your GP that it is safe to visit these areas.

Malaria: Malaria is a risk in certain parts of China (particularly in rural areas in the southern provinces of Yunnan and Hainan, and Tibet), parts of Bhutan, Indonesia, North Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma and certain parts of Thailand (the border areas near Cambodia and Burma). In other areas, the risk is so low that anti-malarial prophylactics are not advised; however, it is advisable to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. Please check with your doctor on the current precautions advised.

Passports & embassies

This advice is only valid for British citizen passport holders. Holders of any other type of British passport (eg. British subjects) or of any other nationality must contact the relevant embassy/consulate (details listed below). It is important that you hold a valid 10-year British passport and we recommend that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months from your date of return to the UK. Passport application forms can be obtained from the post office or online. The passport advice telephone line is 0300 222 0000 (calls are charged at national rate). Whether renewing your passport or applying for a new one, all relevant information can be found on the website or by telephoning the number above. The cost for a postal application is £72.50 and takes a minimum of three weeks to obtain from the date of application.

Information on visas may be obtained from the respective embassies and high commissions at the following addresses:

  • Embassy of the Union of Myanmar (Burma), 19A Charles Street, London W1J 5DX. Tel: 020 7499 4340.
  • Royal Embassy of Cambodia, 64 Brondesbury Park, Willesden Green, London NW6 7AT. Tel: 020 8451 7850.
  • Chinese Visa Application Service Centre, 12 Old Jewry, London EC2R 8DU. Tel: 020 7206 0589.
  • Indonesian Embassy Consular Section, 38 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HW. Tel: 020 7499 7661.
  • The Consulate General of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT. Tel: 020 7465 6500.
  • Embassy of Laos, 49 Porchester Terrace, London W2 3TS. Tel: 020 7402 3770.
  • Malaysian High Commission, 45 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QT. Tel: 020 7235 8033.
  • Singapore High Commission, 9 Wilton Crescent, Belgravia, London SW1X 8SP. Tel: 020 7235 8315.
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea, 60 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AJ. Tel: 020 7227 5500.
  • Taipei Representative Office in the UK, 50 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0EB. Tel: 020 7881 2650.
  • Royal Thai Embassy, 29-30 Queens Gate, London SW7 5JB. Tel: 020 7589 2944.
  • Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Consular Section), 12-14 Victoria Road, London W8 5RD. Tel: 020 7937 1912.


If you require further information about obtaining a visa, Cox & Kings can recommend a reputable visa assistance company who can help with your application. Please contact your travel consultant for details.

Neither Cox & Kings nor any visa assistance company can guarantee the granting of any visas, as this is a matter outside of their control. If a visa is not granted through no fault of Cox & Kings or any visa assistance company, neither will accept any liability for the consequences. Therefore Cox & Kings reserves the right to pass on to you any costs incurred as a result, including cancellation charges.

Vietnam: At the time of writing, no visa is required for Vietnam. However, this is subject to change. Please check with your travel consultant for further details.