Over one and a half million people visited Vietnam only in December 2019, proof of the ever-growing interest in this country that has become a main touristic attraction in the past years. Vietnam is situated in Southeast Asia with the capital city in Hanoi.
Traveling to Vietnam has become a fairly easy and straightforward process with the introduction of the Vietnamese eVisa, an electronic travel authorization that can be requested online without any need of visiting an embassy and submitting a paper application. This process has shortened the time necessary to obtain a visa for Vietnam and has streamlined the overall immigration process.
Currently, citizens of 24 countries in Asia, Europe, and South America are allowed to enter Vietnam visa-free for short periods of time ranging between 14 and 90 days, depending on their nationality.
On the other hand, 81 countries globally can apply for the eVisa for short stays of up to 30 days. The eVisa allows a single entry in Vietnam. However, what is the visa situation for Austrian nationals planning to visit Vietnam?
Do Austrians Need a Visa for Vietnam?
Austrians need to apply for the eVisa for Vietnam in order to enter the country for short term periods for the following purposes:
- To visit friends or relatives
- To invest in Vietnamese enterprise
- Labor or short employment
- An official visit or summit
It is important not to overstay the validity of the visa to avoid paying a fine. Overstaying for less than three days will only imply paying a fine directly at the airport and then being granted an exit visa. However, overstaying longer than three requires presenting the passport and paying the fine at a local Immigration Office in either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
An extension is only possible by leaving the country, applying for a new eVisa and re-entering. Travelers can even cross one of the land borders to China, Laos or Cambodia to request their visa and then re-enter Vietnam. The processing time is still around three business days.
Vietnam Visa for Austrian Citizens: How to Apply
Applying for a Vietnam eVisa for Austrian citizens is simple and fast. Application only takes a few minutes to complete and the processing time is normally between 48 and 72 hours.
Austrian travelers will first need to check that they meet all the requirements for the eVisa, including having a passport valid for 6 months from the date of entry in Vietnam and meeting the health requirements such as necessary vaccinations.
Next, they can submit the application form online. They will need to provide a series of information and documentation as follows:
- Personal information: full name, address, date of birth
- Passport details: number, expiry date, nationality
- Travel plans: dates, hotel address
- Health information: medical history, vaccinations
- Valid email address to receive the eVisa
- Provide a digital scan of the biographical page of the passport
- Provide a digital passport photo
- Pay the visa fee using a credit or debit card
Once all the information has been accurately provided, travelers can submit the application and wait for feedback via email. A PDF copy of the eVisa will be sent to the email address provided, usually within 3 business days.
It is advised to apply for the eVisa at least 7 days prior to departure to allow enough time for processing in case of delays.
Delays of rejection of the eVisa may be due to incorrect information provided in the application form so it is important to pay attention and double-check everything before submitting the application.
The validity of the visa is of 30 days starting from the date of arrival indicated in the application form.
Travelers can enter Vietnam through any of the valid 33 entry ports, including the international airports, seaports and land crossings.
Important: Austrian passengers traveling with children must apply on their behalf.
Types of Vietnam Visa for Austrian Nationals
Austrian Nationals can obtain the following types of visa for Vietnam:
- Vietnam tourist electronic visa
- Visa on arrival
The visa on arrival will still require filling in an online application and receiving a Letter of Approval before traveling to Vietnam. When entering the country, travelers will need to provide a printed copy of the Letter of Approval and two passport-size photos. They will also need to queue at the immigration office in the airport to obtain the stamp on the passport.
Given the whole process for obtaining a visa on arrival, it is recommended to apply for the Vietnam eVisa that will be sent via email and requires less time queuing at the airport.
Transit Visa for Vietnam from Austria
Austrian citizens planning on transiting through Vietnam have two options in regards to a Vietnamese transit visa:
- Visa-free if the transit period is under 24 hours and they do not plan on leaving the airport
- With an eVisa if the transit period is longer than 24 hours or if they plan on leaving the airport
In any case, Austrians should also pay attention to the photo requirements established by the Vietnamese authorities when presenting their documentation online.