A Regional Guide to Depositions in Asia (updated 2020)

Are there any restrictions on holding a U.S. depo in …

Yes
China does not permit the taking of depositions or witness statements in China for use in foreign courts.
No
Taking U.S. depositions in Hong Kong is permissible and in general, you can depose willing witnesses in Hong Kong without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts.
Yes
Taking voluntary depositions of U.S. citizens in India can be conducted without prior permission. However, voluntary depositions of Indian or third country nationals will require prior permission from the Indian Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention.
No
Taking U.S. depositions in Indonesia is permissible and in general, you can depose willing witnesses in Indonesia without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts.
Yes
Taking U.S. depositions in Japan is permissible. However, depos must take place at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or the U.S. Consulate in Osaka.
No
Taking U.S. depositions in Malaysia is permissible and in general, you can depose willing witnesses in Malaysia without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts.
No
Taking U.S. depositions in the Philippines is permissible and in general, you can depose willing witnesses in the Philippines without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts.
Yes
Depositions may be taken pursuant to letters of request submitted directly to the Singapore Central Authority for the Convention.
Yes
Voluntary depositions of U.S. citizen witnesses may be conducted in South Korea. Voluntary depositions of Korean and third country nationals must be undertaken pursuant to a request to the Korean Central Authority.
No
Taking U.S. depositions in Taiwan is permissible and in general, you can depose willing witnesses in Taiwan without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts.
No
Taking U.S. depositions in Thailand is permissible and in general, you can depose willing witnesses in Thailand without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts.
Yes
Vietnamese authorities do not permit foreign persons, such as American attorneys, to take depositions for use in a court in the United States.

Countries That Require Visas for U.S. Citizens<

China
India
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.
Vietnam

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 Rules

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.

Useful Links

U.S. Department of State
Embassies & Consulates in the U.S.
U.S. Embassies Around the World
Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens
Detailed List on Voltage Requirements

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