Vietnam visa – what you need to know

Australian citizens who wish to visit Vietnam must have a valid passport and must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay in Vietnam and must have at least one blank page for visa.
Except a handful of countries which have Vietnam visa exemption arrangements with Vietnam, all other nationalities, including Australian, need to apply for a visa for Vietnam. If you arrive in Vietnam without an appropriate visa (which could be an e-visa) or pre-approval for a visa on arrival, you will be denied entry.

How to apply for a Vietnam visa?

 

When applying for a visa to enter Vietnam, be sure to request the visa category that corresponds to your purpose of travel. The information provided here is mainly for tourist visa.

 

Visa on arrival at the airport

 

The Government of Vietnam has authorized some businesses and travel agencies to arrange for pre-approval for a “visa on arrival” at the airport. However, there has been a cluster of complaints from both Australian and foreign visitors that the online visa applications via unauthorized and/or untrustworthy websites cause a lot of inconvenience, and sometimes costly.

Australian who wish to travel to Vietnam on a tourist visa can apply online for a single entry e-visa on Vietnam Immigration website.

 

The e-visa is valid for maximum of 30 days for the purpose of tourism. An E-visa is usually processed within three working days after the Vietnam Immigration Department receives the completed application and E-visa fee. E-visa holders must present the printed E-visa and valid passport at the port of entry.

 

Once you apply for an e-visa and got an approval, you will then present your approval letter, passport, photos and cash payment for the stamping fee, you will get your visa stamp upon arrival at one of four Vietnam International airports: Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang and Hochiminh City.

 

If you choose to use a visa agent for this service, make sure you do thorough checking of their credibility and costs.

 

Apply with the Vietnam embassy or consulate in Australia.

 

You can apply for a Vietnam visa before leaving Australia. Refer to Vietnam embassy website for latest visa information. There are a few ways you could get a Vietnam visa before leaving Australia.

 

1.Apply online:

 

This form of application is mainly applied for tourist visa and family visiting visa.

 

Step 1: Please click here: www.vietnamembassyvisa.org.au to fill the form online, upload the main page of the passport (at least 1 month validity) and head-shot photo;
Step 2: You will receive detailed instruction through 02 emails (Group ID number and payment instruction);
Step 3: Transfer payment to the Embassy’s bank account (remember to put the Group ID number);
Step 4: Loose-leaf visas will be sent by post to your address (once the Embassy receive the payment, the processing time is within 01-02 working day, excluding the post time).

 

2.Apply by post:

 

You will need to send in:
– Original passport (at least 1 month validity),
– Application form (with photo attached),
– Fee in AUD (Money Order or Bank Cheque payable to “the Embassy of Viet Nam”)
– And one prepaid return envelop.
Postal Address: PO BOX 98, Mawson ACT 2607, Australia.
Processing time: 24 hours after all the sufficient documents are received (express service for the same day with extra fee). Please contact the Embassy for further information.

 

3.Apply in person:

 

You need to bring in with you:
– Original passport (at least 1 month validity),
– Application form (with photo attached),
– Applicable fee in AUD (fee (cash, money order or bank cheque).
– And one prepaid return envelop.

 

You can apply for Vietnam visa in person at either of the below addresses:
Vietnamese Embassy
Address: 6 Timbarra Crescent, O’ Malley ACT 2606.

 

Consulate General of Vietnam
Address: Suite 205, Level 2, Edgecliff Centre
203-233 New South Head Rd., Edgecliff NSW 2027

 

How much does a Vietnam visa cost?

 

For an e-visa to be stamped on arrival, you will need to pay twice.
– For the visa approval letter, you pay a fee online of around $20, depending on the agency and type of visa you are requesting.
– You will also pay a fee upon arrival for the visa stamp. This will cost an additional US$25 for a single tourist entry visa. The stamping fee is paid in cash in either Vietnamese dong or US dollars, so be prepared to have the correct fee amount before you depart for Vietnam.

 

For a visa to be granted in Australia, check with the Vietnamese embassy or consulate of the appropriate visa fees at the time of applying.

 

There is express service for visa application at an additional cost. You can contact the Vietnamese embassy directly to confirm fees and procedures.

 

Check smart travellers for further travelling advice

 

We recommend you to check with Australia government body Smarttraveller for any updates on travelling outside of Australia before booking your trip.