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All about the Vietnam Visa for Australian

by Juan José Herranz | November 5, 2020
temple and lake in Vietnam

Vietnam, a Southeast Asian nation, is a captivating tapestry of rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse cultural heritage. From the lush green rice paddies of the Mekong Delta to the towering limestone karsts of Halong Bay, Vietnam tourism offers an enchanting blend of tradition and modernity. There are so many things to do in Vietnam that are waiting for you. 

Are you an Australian citizen? Are you wondering how to get a Vietnam visa for Australian citizens? Then this guide about the Vietnam visa is for you. Continue reading. 

Do Australian citizens need a visa for Vietnam?

If you are an Australian citizen planning to travel to Vietnam for tourism, transit or business purposes, you will need a Vietnam evisa to enter the country. This is regardless of whether you are travelling by land, air or sea. The government of Vietnam gives you the possibility to apply for a visa in different ways. You can choose the one that best suited to your needs.

How do I apply for the Vietnam Visa for Australian?

Australian citizens can apply for a visa to Vietnam in three different ways. 

Electronic visa Vietnam

The Vietnam e-Visa is the easiest and most convenient method for Australian citizens to apply for a visa to Vietnam. The process is entirely supported online with Visagov:

  • You will have to fill in an online form with your data and contact information.
  • You will need to attach a copy of your passport and a recent good-quality photo in colour.

You will have the option to choose between two types of Vietnam e-Visa. One is valid for a total period of 30 days and will allow you a single entry and exit from Vietnam. The second one allows multiple entries, each for up to 90 days.

The online application is the fastest of the three visa types. It usually takes an average of 48 hours to receive the approved document by email. With this document, you will not need to do any additional formalities, and once you arrive at the airport, you will only need to present the approved visa and your original passport to enter the country.

green fields in Vietnam

Visa in person at the embassy

This method consists of applying directly to the nearest Vietnamese embassy or consulate. The address of the Vietnamese embassy in Australia is:

  Embassy in Australia Consulate
Address 6 Timbarra Crescent, O'Malley, ACT 2606, Australia Suite 205, Level 2, Edgecliff Centre, 203-233 New South Head Road, Edgecliff, New South Wales 2027
Phone (02) 6286 5660 / (02) 6286 8465 (02) 9327 1912 / 9327 2539
Fax 61-2-6286 4534 (02) 9328 1653
Email [email protected] [email protected]
Website www.vietnamembassy.org.au www.vietnamconsulate.org.au

 

The process consists of filling in a form that they will provide. You will have to fill in your personal details, and for all family members who are going to enter Vietnam. You will also need to provide your flight information.

In addition to the personal data, you will have to provide physical documents, including:

  • The form previously mentioned.
  • Original passport, valid for at least 6 months from your intended arrival date and with at least two blank pages for the visa stamp.
  • Invitation letter if applying for a business visa.
  • Other documents that may be required for each case.
  • Fee in AUD.

Once all this is completed, the visa approval process will take approximately 15 days, although this may vary depending on the case. This visa will be valid for a maximum period of 90 days from the date it was issued for single or multiple entries.

Visa-on-arrival

This process consists of two parts. The first part must be done online and the second part in person upon arrival.

First, you will have to complete an online form. After making sure you have entered all the data correctly and made the payment, the agents will generally review your application within about five days. The second part will be the stamping on your passport once you arrive in Vietnam. You must present the visa pre-approval document with your passport.

Once the visa is approved, it will be valid for a total period of 15 or 90 days for single or multiple entries, depending on your request. To apply for the visa-on-arrival, you do not need to attach any documentation; however, the data must match precisely. If not, you won't be able to enter Vietnam.

How much does a Vietnam Visa cost for Australian?

The price for the visa to enter Vietnam, if applying directly from the embassy, depends on the type of visa and the conditions. For more information, we recommend you to contact your nearest embassy or consulate.

The visa-on-arrival price is divided into two payments. The first payment is for the visa agency’s service costs, and the second payment will be at the airport upon arrival. It will vary between 35 to 70 AUD, depending on the visa type you choose.

For the online visa, you only need to make a single payment which includes the service charges and government fees. The price for an online Vietnamese visa as an Australian citizen is approximately 89 AUD.

How long does it take to get a Vietnam visa for Australian citizens?

The fastest method to get a visa is by doing it entirely online (e-Visa), in which you should receive the approval 48 hours after you finish the application form.

In the traditional methods, it can take a week for the visa to arrive and fifteen days for it to be processed through the embassy.

Yen stream in Hanoi in Vietnam

What vaccines do I need to travel to Vietnam?

According to the precautions that the Ministry of Public Health of Vietnam has taken, it is necessary to present documentation that certifies that you have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever if you have travelled or transited through an infected site.

It is also recommended that you be vaccinated against diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, Japanese encephalitis, polio, and TABT (tetanus, paratyphoid A and B, and typhoid). Malaria is prevalent in several areas in Vietnam, so your doctor may prescribe malarial prophylaxis.

What do Australia and Vietnam have in common?

Vietnam and Australia have had good diplomatic relations since 1973 and their relationship has continued to grow over the years.

On 15 March 2018, Prime Minister Phuc and then-Prime Minister Turnbull signed a Joint Statement on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership between Australian and Vietnam in Canberra. This reflects Australia and Vietnam's mature and bilateral relationship, encompassing wide-ranging cooperation on political issues, trade and investment, education, defence and security and immigration.

Vietnam Currency

The Vietnam currency is called Vietnamese Đồng. The equivalent is 1 AUD = 16614 VND approximately. We recommend that you exchange your currency before travelling to the country.

Best time to visit Vietnam

The best time in Vietnam will depend on your destination. In general, Vietnam receives tourists throughout the year, since it is a country that offers very diverse landscapes: beach tourism, cities, outdoor activities. Due to its elongated shape, the three regions of the country (north, south and centre) experience different weather patterns. However, temperatures in the south remain quite high throughout the year, while in the north there is more variation.