Vietnam visa for Australia passports: Requirements and detailed guidance

Vietnam visa requirements for Australia passports

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 e-visa 30 days single entry from 45 USD;
Australian citizens can get visa on arrival from 6 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?

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 upon arrival at the Vietnam airports by showing up the printed approval letter.

The approval letter will be sent via email within 1 or 2 working days (normal processing mode), 4 working hours (urgent processing mode) or even 1 hour (emergency processing mode) depending on which option the applicant chooses when submitting online application form.

The aim of visa on arrival is to make the trip to Vietnam easier and cheaper. It is applicable only to those traveling by air to Vietnam. Vietnam visa on arrival is especially an advantage to those living far from the Vietnam Embassy or Consulate in Australia.

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

In order to get a Vietnam visa on arrival, the Australian passport holders should pay two types of fee: the service fee and the stamping fee.
Service fee: The service fee is for visa approval letter processing.
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.

Useful 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, front view, eyes open without glasses, background should be plain light colored or white). The e-visa fee (service fee and stamping fee) is paid once when the Australian travelers apply for e-visa, thus no cash is required at arrival airport.

E-visa is good for those who travel Vietnam less than 30 days for tourist purposes. Since the visa fee is paid once when applying for visa, the travelers don’t have to bring cash for stamping fee at immigration counter therefore, the visa process at arrival airport is faster accordingly.

However, there are 46 countries whose citizenship are eligible for e-visa up to now. See full list of 46 countries available here.

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

  • E-visa is single entry and valid for maximum 30 days;
  • Payments for e-visa applications are non-refundable;
  • The applicants should check the information on e-visa again the passport to make sure there is no mistake;
  • The applicants have to determine the arrival border gates or airports when applying for e-visa. Changing of arrival ports after submitting e-visa is not allowed.

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 immigration counter to get entry into Vietnam.

Notes : If there is any missing or incorrect/unidentified information, your application will not be accepted.

Port of entry for e-visa

AirportLandportSeaport
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)Nam Can LandportHo Chi Minh City Seaport
Noi Bai International Airport (Ha Noi)Song Tien LandportQuy Nhon Seaport
Da Nang International AirportTinh Bien LandportNha Trang Seaport
Cam Ranh International Airport (Khanh Hoa)Xa Mat LandportHai Phong Seaport
Can Tho International AirportMong Cai LandportHon Gai Seaport
Phu Bai International AirportMoc Bai LandportDa Nang Seaport
Phu Quoc International AirportLao Bao LandportVung Tau Seaport
Cat Bi International AirportHa Tien Landport
Huu Nghi Landport
Cau Treo Landport
Cha Lo Landport
Bo Y Landport
Lao Cai Landport
Notice: The entry port must be exact and cannot be changed once the visa application is submitted to the Vietnam Immigration Department. You must travel Vietnam via the border gate mentioned in your e-visa.

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

3. How Australian citizens apply for 3 months, 6 months or 1 year visa for Vietnam?

For the Australians who expect to travel Vietnam more than 1 month, with single or multiple entry they can opt for visa on arrival.
Visa on arrival designated to assist the travelers who can not use e-visa or apply visa at the Vietnam Embassy. It fills up the blank of ‘Vietnam visa picture’, to satisfy almost traveler’s need on Vietnam visa and immigration.
The Australians can neither travel Vietnam more than 1 month nor travel Vietnam multiple times with e-visa, but they can do it with visa on arrival. Visa on arrival provides the visa validity up to 12 months, with single or multiple entry. In order to apply for 3 month tourist visa, the Australian citizens just follow the instruction “Apply online for a Vietnam visa on arrival” mentioned above. For long term visa (from 6 months to 1 year), in addition to the instructions mentioned above, the Australia passport holders kindly provide us your passport copy. This long term visa will be categorized as DN business visa (visa for working with the Vietnamese Enterprise).
For the Australian businessmen who expect to stay in Vietnam more than 1 year, we can help you to apply for 2 years Temporary Residence Card. The Temporary Residence Card will be normally classified as LD sign (LD sign is assigned to the foreign workers working in Vietnam).

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