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Keith was able to get the info we were seeking for our Crystal cruise #5204.


Below is the info directly from Crystal documentation dept regarding the visa requirements for our voyage.



Dear Mr. and Mrs. McEwin,


"We thank you for your email regarding visas for Sanya, China, V5204, sailing February 11, 2015 Pagodas and Palaces. Please kindly note, Sanya, China visa is going to be different then mainland China.




US passport holders along with 25 countries will be able to get off the ship visa free if participating on a shore excursion. Guests who go ashore for independent touring, the visa fee is $ 15USD and will be charged to their onboard account.




Please see below the visa information which will be sent with Preliminary and Final Documentation.




Important Visa Information- USA Travelers

A visa or reciprocity fee is required for the countries listed below.


If a visa needs to be obtained prior to cruise departure, Crystal Cruises has arranged with Pinnacle Travel Document Systems to assist you in obtaining a visa. Applications and additional information may be downloaded by visiting the website, http://www.traveldocs.com/crystal.


If you do not have Internet access, please contact Pinnacle Travel Document Systems at 1-888-838-4867, and a Pinnacle representative can fax or mail a visa application kit to you.



1.) If the requirement below is for a reciprocity fee, an electronic visa,

or a visa is being arranged on board the ship, there is no need to contact Pinnacle Travel Document Systems.

2.) If you are on a Crystal Overland Adventure, please check for any additionally required visa and/or inoculation requirements in the detailed description of the program on the Crystal Cruises website. 3.) Visa fees arranged on board are subject to change without notice.


Please read the details below carefully.


SANYA, CHINA: The information in this paragraph applies only to voyages when SANYA is the only China port visited. Visas will be arranged on board. For guests participating in a Crystal Adventures Shore Excursion a visa for the duration of the tour is included.


Guests who go ashore for independent touring, the visa fee is $ 15 USD and will be charged to their onboard account.


For all other cities in China, the following information applies:


CHINA: Guests must obtain an individual double entry visa prior to cruise departure.

China Visa Requirement: The current process for obtaining a Chinese visa requires that you

include a letter of invitation from a sponsor in China with your visa application. This letter will be obtained by Pinnacle Travel Documents on behalf of those guests using the Pinnacle visa service.

If you are planning to arrange your own visa, the letter of invitation can be obtained from our port agent, Ms. Zhang Nan at zhangnan@biztravel.com.cn. Please include in your email a copy of your cruise confirmation along with the following information: Last name/First name/Gender/Birth Date/Nationality/Passport Number/Issue Date/Expiry Date



VIETNAM: Visas will be arranged for guests on board. The fee will be charged to the guests' onboard account. There are three visa types.

For Transit visa: day tours, return to ship same night, the visa fee is: 45 USD. No passport photo required.

For Single entry visa: Overland tour within Vietnam or disembarking, the visa fee is: 80 USD. One color passport photo is required.

For Multiple entry visa: tours to Cambodia and back to Vietnam , visa fee is: 130 USD. One color passport photo required.

Please note: Fees are subject to change without advance notice.


SPECIAL NOTE: Guests embarking in Vietnam need to obtain a visa prior to cruise departure.




CAMBODIA: Visa will be arranged for guests on board and will be charged to the guests' onboard account. The visa fee is: 50 USD.

Please note: Fees are subject to change without advance notice.




Please let me know if you have any questions.




Thank you and


Best regards,




Jasmine Papazian


Documentation Services

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Here is some further info. regarding the Vietnam visa requirements. Jasmine from the Crystal Documentation Dept. was kind enough to provide an explanation about the three different Vietnam visas.




Good morning Mr. McEwin,



The Vietnam visa covers both two ports.




1) If you are going to be only transiting in Vietnam meaning taking tours then coming back to ship then option one is your choice.


2) If you are going to be taking a tour with an overnight meaning staying in land then option two is your choice.


3) If you are going to be leaving Vietnam for a tour on an airplane and rejoining ship in Cambodia then option three is your choice. [/color]



Hope this made sense.




Please let me know if you have any questions.




Many thanks,



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Thank you soo much, Hleecruiser and Keith! for the much long awaited info. I can breath easier now. I have yet to receive anything from Jasmine but I hope this information will also apply for #5206 which will take place on March 9, 2015. Thanks again.

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DLStar, I am sure it would be the same for 5206 having just looked over the itinerary.


For the on board Vietnam Visa's there will be a detailed writeup in Reflections (daily program) and guests who need to deviate from the standard visa will go by the front desk should they need one of the other two visas other than the standard multi visa for Vietnam. I believe that in addition to the second one where say one is staying off the ship at night that if one is not returning to the ship until midnight or after that they would need that as well but that will all be spelled out in Reflections and the people at the reception desk will assist as well.


It used to be because of some of these complexities that when we traveled to Vietnam in the past that we needed to get the visas ahead of time but in 2014 Crystal began to get the visas for us on board. Most cruise lines do the same but with Crystal offering so many different land programs and others doing there own privately/independently it could be rather complex to deal with but it does make life much easier not to have to get the visa yourself. Even Cambodia where we used to have to get that one ahead of time the ship got for us in 2014 which again anytime you don't have to get it yourselves I find much easier.


These are wonderful itineraries and I hope you all enjoy them.


For us, our visits to Asia get better with each succeeding visit.



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