Vietnam visa for Australia passports: Requirements and detailed guidance

3 options for the Australian citizens applying for Vietnam visa in 2024

The Australian nationality is not included in the visa exemption list; therefore, all Australian passport holders need to apply visa to Vietnam for either tourism or business purposes.

Vietnam Embassy has been established in Australia;
Vietnam visa is required for all Australian citizens;
Australian citizens are eligible for 30 – 90 days single/multiple entry e-visa from 45 USD;
Australian citizens can get visa on arrival from 30 USD + stamping fee;
Australian businessmen can apply for DN business visa for working with Vietnam Enterprises;
Australian businessmen can apply for 2 years Temporary Residence Cards;

1. What do Australian applicants need for Vietnam visa?

In order to apply for Vietnam visa, the Aussies will need a valid passport which is at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival and there are blank pages for visa stamp.

2. How do Australia passports apply for Vietnam visa?

There are 3 options for Australian citizens applying for Vietnam visa:

2.1. Apply online for a Vietnam visa on arrival

Australian passport holders can apply Vietnam visa on arrival from anywhere outside of Vietnam. The Vietnam visa will be picked up at the arrival airports in Vietnam after showing the printed visa approval letter and pay the stamping fee.

The approval letter will be sent via email within 3 working days (normal processing mode), 8 working hours (rush processing mode), 4 hours (urgent processing mode) or even 2 hours (emergency processing mode) depending on which option you choose when submitting the visa application. Vietnam visa on arrival is especially beneficial for those who are living far from the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in Australia or those whose e-visa is denied at the last minutes.

By using Vietnam visa on arrival, the Australian travelers do not need to wait too long to get a visa approval letter, the official document issued by Vietnam Immigration Department, giving a permission to get a visa at the arrival airport.

In order to get a Vietnam visa on arrival, the Australian passport holders should pay two types of fee: the processing fee and the stamping fee.
Processing fee: It is the fee for expediting the visa approval letter.
Stamping fee: The stamping fee is paid in cash to the Vietnam Immigration Officer at the arrival airport to get the visa stamp. The applicants must prepare the processing fee in cash (USD or VND) as far as there is no ATM, money changer or any other way to withdraw money in the immigration hall and credit cards are not accepted. Other currencies will be converted into USD at given exchange rate.

Notes:
– Visa on arrival is only applicable for Australian citizens traveling by air to Vietnam.

2.2. Apply for e-visa for Vietnam

This is new pilot visa system which has just official launched in February 2017. In order to apply for e-visa for Vietnam, the Australian applicants will need to prepare a file of passport copy and recent taken photo (it should present your full face, eyes open without glasses, background should be plain light colored or white). The e-visa fee (processing fee and stamping fee) is paid once when the Australian travelers apply for e-visa, thus no cash is required at arrival airport.

Vietnam e-visa is good for those who travel Vietnam less than 90 days with single or multiple entry. Since the visa fee for the government is paid when applying for visa, the travelers don’t have to bring cash for stamping fee therefore, the visa process at arrival airport is faster accordingly.

When applying for e-visa for Vietnam, please note that:

  • Payments for e-visa applications are non-refundable;
  • The applicants should check the information on a granted e-visa against the passport to make sure there is no mistake;
  • The processing time may take longer than 3 working days that probably affect to your flight time. You are strongly recommended to buy a flight ticket when you already received your e-visa;
  • The applicants have to leave the country before applying for the next e-visa.
  • While your visa application is being processed, you may receive a request for amending your visa information. In this case, the processing time will take more 3 – 5 working days after the revision is made. If you need to speed up the visa process to board your flight, we can help you with the rush Vietnam visa service. You just need to provide us with your visa registration number and email then your e-visa process will be accelerated and completed in time.

How to apply e-visa for Vietnam?

Step 1: Fill the requirement information in the application form.
Step 2: Pay the visa fee and get e-visa in maximum 3 – 5 working days.
Step 3: Receive an email containing e-visa upon successful application. Please print out the e-visa, bring along with your passport to get on the plane.
Step 4: Present your e-visa at the immigration counter to get entry into Vietnam.

How to apply for urgent e-visa for Vietnam in 1 working day or few hours?

Normally, it takes 3 – 5 working days to complete an e-visa and you will receive an email to inform you that the visa is completed. You just need to enter your visa application code, email and date of birth to download your e-visa file.
After downloading your e-visa, you please check the visa information against your passport carefully. Any of spelling mistake, typos, incorrect passport number, date of arrival, entry ports… will not be accepted and it matters as the airlines will NOT let you board the plane with a wrong e-visa. What you should do if your granted visa contains mistakes?
– If you have enough time, you should apply for a new e-visa immediately.
– If there are only a few hours to your flight check-in time you may need our urgent e-visa service.
With the urgent Vietnam visa service, your e-visa can be done in 1 working day, 4 working hours or even 2 working hours that will save you from missing your flight to Vietnam and breaking your whole trip.

Port of entry for e-visa

AirportLandportSeaport
1. Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)1. Nam Can Landport (Nghe An to Laos)1. Ho Chi Minh City Seaport (Ho Chi Minh City)
2. Noi Bai International Airport (Ha Noi)2. Song Tien Landport (An Giang to Cambodia)2. Quy Nhon Seaport (Binh Dinh)
3. Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang)3. Tinh Bien Landport (An Giang to Cambodia)3. Nha Trang Seaport (Khanh Hoa)
4. Cam Ranh International Airport (Khanh Hoa)4. Xa Mat Landport (Tay Ninh to Cambodia)4. Hai Phong Seaport (Hai Phong)
5. Can Tho International Airport (Can Tho)5. Mong Cai Landport (Quang Ninh to China)5. Hon Gai Seaport (Quang Ninh)
6. Phu Bai International Airport (Thua Thien Hue)6. Moc Bai Landport (Tay Ninh to Cambodia)6. Da Nang Seaport (Da Nang)
7. Phu Quoc International Airport (Phu Quoc)7. Lao Bao Landport (Quang Tri to Laos)7. Vung Tau Seaport (Ba Ria Vung Tau)
8. Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong)8. Ha Tien Landport (Kien Giang to Cambodia)8. Duong Dong Seaport (Phu Quoc)
9. Van Don International Airport (Quang Ninh)9. Huu Nghi Landport (Lang Son to China)9. Chan May Seaport (Thua Thien Hue)
10. Cau Treo Landport (Ha Tinh to Laos)10. Dung Quat Seaport (Quang Ngai)
11. Cha Lo Landport (Quang Binh to Laos)11. Nghi Son Seaport (Thanh Hoa)
12. Bo Y Landport (Kon Tum to Laos)12. Vung Ang Seaport (Ha Tinh)
13. Lao Cai Landport (Lao Cai to China)
14. Tay Trang Landport (Dien Bien to Laos)
15. Na Meo Landport (Thanh Hoa to Laos)
16. La Lay Landport (Quang Tri to Laos)

2.3. Apply for Vietnam visa directly at the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulates

For those who want to get a Vietnam visa beforehand or want to travel to Vietnam by land or sea, they can go to the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate nearest their location.
The address of Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in Australia for your information:

Embassy of Vietnam in Canberra, Australia
Address: 6 Timbarra Crescent, O’Malley, ACT, 2606, Australia
Phone: (612) 6286 6059
Fax: (612) 6286 4534
Email: vembassy@webone.com.au – canberra@au.vnembassy.org

Consulate General of Vietnam in Sydney, Australia
Address: Suite 205, Level 2, Edgecliff Centre 203 – 233 New South Head Road, Edgecliff, New South Wales 2027
Phone: (612) 9327 2539
Fax: (612) 9328 1653
Email: vnconsul@ihug.com.au

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