A Regional Guide to Depositions in Asia

 
Optima Juris has been scheduling depositions in Asia for over 10 years. In that time we have compiled a wealth of essential details, insider information, and first-hand tips. Have a look at our regional guide below for some practical advice on what to expect when dealing with depositions in Asia.

Asia Parties to the Hague Evidence Convention

China
Cyprus
India
Israel
Kuwait*
Russia
Singapore*
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Turkey
*Non-Member States
Full List of the Hague Evidence Convention Parties

Countries That Require Visas

If a visa is required, obtain it 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.
Afghanistan
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain*
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Cambodia*
China
India
Indonesia*
Iran
Iraq
Jordan*
Kazakhstan
Kuwait*
Kyrgyzstan*
Laos*
Lebanon*
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar (Burma)
Nepal*
North Korea
Oman*
Pakistan
Palestine
Qatar*
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Sri Lanka*
Syria
Tajikistan
Timor-Leste*
Turkey*
Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates*
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen
* You may be able to obtain a visa at the point of entrance to these countries. Please be sure to double check before traveling.
Foreign Consular Offices in the United States
Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens

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 and tour provider to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your Asia vacation. The biggest threats for Americans are Hepatitis A and B and are usually contracted through contaminated food. While the food in China will most likely be a main highlight of your trip, do check the Center of Disease Control’s traveler site for any precaution prior to your trip.
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 Rules

Tipping is not needed in Singapore, Taipei, 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.

Useful Links

Hotels
Agoda Hotel Search in Asia
Lonely Planet Asia Hotel Search
CIA
CIA Factbook Page
U.S. Embassy
United State Embassies Around the World
Electrical Requirements
Detailed List on Voltage Requirements
To see more useful practical information and advice on depositions in Asia please visit: http://optimajuris.com/info-center/regional-guides-asia.shtml
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.
 

Ian Hardy

Ian Hardy is an internationally-recognized Global Deposition Expert and President of Optima Juris, the world’s first and only agency specialized in deposition services for U.S. legal matters abroad. With over 18 years of experience organizing depositions throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania, Ian is a leading expert in global deposition consulting and services.