The Vietnam Visa for Australians is a new type of eVisa which allows Australians to enter Vietnam for various purposes including tourism. The electronic visa allows a single entry for a maximum stay of 30 days.
The main benefit of the Vietnam eVisa for Australian citizens is how quick and simple it is to apply. The online application form only takes a few minutes to complete and involves answering some basic questions and paying a fee using a credit or debit card.
Completed visa applications take around 3 business days to process. Applicants should apply at least a week before traveling to Vietnam as, on rare occasions, it can take longer.
The vast majority of applications are processed within a few days and the approved eVisas are sent by email. Australian travelers can enter Vietnam by presenting a printed copy of the eVisa, along with their passport, to the Vietnamese border authorities.
How to Apply for a Vietnam Visa from Australia
The online application can be completed from anywhere in the world. Australian applicants just need to complete the online eVisa form by entering information such as their name, date of birth, address, and passport details.
All the information provided by applicants is screened by the relevant authorities after the application has been submitted. To minimize the chances of delays, applicants should ensure they answer all the questions accurately.
Even small errors can cause complications. Australians with two or more passports should use the same one to apply for the eVisa and to enter Vietnam. The visa is attached to a specific passport and cannot be transferred to another one.
Vietnam Visa Requirements for Australian Passport Holders
To be eligible to apply for the Vietnam eVisa, applicants need to meet all of the following Vietnam Visa requirements for Australians.
- Apply at least 7 days before traveling to allow plenty of time for the application to be processed (normally takes a maximum of 3 business days).
- Provide all the required information on the application form including personal information (name, address, date of birth, etc.), passport details (number, expiry date, etc.) and travel plans (dates, the address of stay, etc.).
- Upload a digital passport-style photo (dimensions of 4x6cm), in which the applicant is looking straight into the camera and not wearing anything that obstructs their face.
- Provide a digital scan of the main page of a valid Australian passport valid for at least 30 days upon entry, with 2 free pages to receive a stamp at the Vietnam border.
- Pay the visa fee using a credit or debit card.
How Can I Get Visa on Arrival for Australian Citizens
The Vietnam Visa On Arrival (VOA) for Australians is still available though travelers can avoid the hassle of queuing and completing the application at the border. The VOAs are only available at the 5 main airports in Vietnam.
To apply for a Visa on Arrival for Vietnam, Australians need to bring 2 passport photos, a pre-approval permit called Vietnam Approval Letter, complete the paperwork at the border, and pay a fee in cash (in either USD or Vietnamese dong).
Visitors can choose between a 30-day or a 60-day visa which is useful for people who want to stay for longer periods. It is also a backup option for people who travel to Vietnam last-minute and do not have time for an eVisa application to be processed.
However, for those planning on spending less than 30 days in Vietnam, who have the time for an eVisa application to be processed, the online Visa for Vietnam is the more convenient option.