We receive a lot of questions on what can and cannot be done when trying to depose witnesses located in Asia. So, we decided to put together this regional guide on depositions in Asia as a quick overview on regulations, visa requirements and more. Of course we are always here to help you find unique solutions to getting the testimony you need. Contact us at any time to find out more.
Are there any restrictions on holding a U.S. depo in …
The restrictions mentioned above also apply to taking a remote deposition of a witness located in that country. If a remote deposition is permitted, it can be a great option to save on cost and traveling restrictions.
At Optima Juris we have two convenient options for conducting your remote deposition:
- Court Reporter with the Witness – One of our local court reporters will travel to the location of the witness and capture a verbatim record of the proceeding while the attorneys attend remotely.
- Court Reporter NOT with the Witness – The witness, court reporter, and attorneys are all in separate locations. Our certified and trained court reporters will capture a verbatim record of the proceeding using our state-of-the-art technology from a remote location.
Current Travel Restrictions
Many countries have strict restrictions on travelers coming into their country due to COVID-19. Find out more about the latest travel restrictions here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html
Countries That Require Visas for U.S. Citizens
- Indonesia – A business visa is required for travelers with business, professional or commercial purposes.
- Japan – A Japanese Special Deposition visa is required
- Thailand – A business visa is required for travelers with business, professional or commercial purposes.
You must obtain a visa from the appropriate foreign consular representative before proceeding abroad. Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application especially if you are applying by mail. Most foreign consular representatives are located in principal cities and in many instances a traveler may be required to obtain visas from the consular office in the area of his/her residence. Embassies & Consulates in the U.S.
Tips & Advice
Make sure to get the right immunization shots.
Yes, while it should be safe to eat that pork bun in Shanghai, check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended. The biggest threats for Americans are Hepatitis A and B and are usually contracted through contaminated food.
Carry some cash.
While credit cards are slowly being accepted throughout Asia, cash is still king when you are absolutely in a bind. While we aren’t saying to be a walking ATM, do have several hundred dollars on you just in case.
Get your paper work straight.
Make sure everyone in your party has a passport and a visa if applicable. Keep in mind if you’re entering China twice, you may need a double entry visa depending on whether or not you’re in the country longer than 24 hrs. Check the embassy rules as they are constantly updated. Also, see what items are included in your travel package (insurance, tipping, forms, etc).
Be a smart traveler.
Before heading overseas:Organize comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy. Register your travel and contact details, so someone can contact you in an emergency.
Tipping is not needed in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, and China. In many other countries you will see an added 10% service charge. Many times rounding up to nearest denomination is appreciated, but high-end international restaurants and hotels will be more acceptable of generous tips.
We are always here to help! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a deposition in Asia.