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[Vietnam Visa 2021] Common Questions About Applying Visas To Vietnam For Australian Citizens – Business And Tourist Visa, Evisa and Visa On Arrival

In the current development of strong social economic integration, the need of expanding business cooperation to other countries as well as the traveling abroad demand is increasing. This demand is especially increasing in developed countries. As we all know, Australia is one of the best developed countries with social welfare and government’s citizenship support in the world. Therefore, it is easy to see that more and more Australian citizens are coming to Vietnam to expand their businesses and enjoy long vacations to the scenic interesting attractions throughout Vietnam. In order to facilitate the most favorable conditions for Australian businessmen and tourists to enter Vietnam, this article will answer all common questions related to applying for business visas and tourist visas to Vietnam.

  1. Are Australian citizens exempted from visa when staying in Vietnam for less than 15 days?

This is a common question that most Australian businessmen and tourists asked when they intend to enter Vietnam. According to the consular official information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam up to now, Australia is one of the countries that have not signed the Visa Exemption Agreement with Vietnam. That means Australian citizens who enter Vietnam, whether within short stay or long stay must apply for a visa. However, Australian citizens are exempted from Vietnam visa in the following two cases:

  • Australian citizens with APEC business travel cards entering Vietnam to work and stay for no more than 90 days.
  • Australian tourists have return air tickets to Phu Quoc Island and only stay on the island for no more than 30 days.

Phu Quoc is free visa to Australian passport holders to stay up to 30 days

  1. How many ways can an Australian citizen apply for a visa to enter Vietnam?

Depending on the staying length and the number of times of entry, an Australian citizen can choose one of three following ways to apply for a visa to Vietnam: (1) submit documents directly to the Vietnam consulate offices in Australia, (2) E-VISA, and (3) Visa-On-Arrival (VOA).

  Single entry Multiple entries
Less than 30 days Embassy, E-Visa, VOA Embassy, VOA
More than 30 days – 3 months Embassy, VOA Embassy, VOA

There are many ways to apply Vietnam visa for Australian

  1. Where can Australian citizens apply for a visa to enter Vietnam?

a/Vietnamese consular offices in Australia:

1 Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Canberra , Australia


Address: 6 Timbarra Crescent, O’Malley, ACT, 2606, Canberra, Australia

General line: 02 6286 6059 (extension 101/102)

Direct line: (02) 6286 5660 or (02) 6286 8465

Fax: (02) 6286 4534

Email: or


Working time: Monday – Friday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

On the occasion of New Year, Lunar New Year and other public holidays of Vietnam and Australia, the Embassy will be closed.

2 Consulate General of S.R.Vietnam in Perth, Australia


Address: Level 8, 16 St Georges Terrace, WA 6000 P O Box 3122 East Perth WA 6892, Australia

General line: (+61) 8 9221 1158

Direct line: (+61) 434 520 536  or (+61) 432 738 368

Fax: (+61) 8 9225 6881



Working time : Monday – Friday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

On the occasion of New Year, Lunar New Year and other public holidays of Vietnam and Australia, the consulate will be closed.

3 Consulate General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Sydney, Australia


Address: Suite 205, level 2, Edgecliff Centre

203 – 233 New South Head Road, Edgecliff, NSW 2027, Australia

Tel: 02 93271912 / 02 93272539

Fax: 02 93281653



Working time: Monday – Friday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

On the occasion of New Year, Lunar New Year and other public holidays of Vietnam and Australia, the consulate will be closed.


b/ Online application:

Australian citizens can apply for Visa online on the website of authorized immigration companies in either E-VISA or Visa-On-Arrival (VOA) form. Please visit the website Signing up online will bring many benefits to those who are busy or unfamiliar with complex paperwork. In addition to the detailed instructions on the website, the company’s team of consultants will support the procedure for you to get Visa in the shortest time. You can even get a 100% money back guarantee if your visa is failed.

online application helps the applicants save a lot of time

  1. What is the difference between E-Visa and Visa-On-Arrival?

a/ Vietnam E-Visa

  • Vietnam E-Visa, also known as Electronic Visa, is issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department for foreign citizens to enter once and stay in Vietnam for less than 30 days provided that your passport is valid for more than 6 months.
  • Access the immigration company website link at to fill in the information and select the services.
  • Processing duration: 2 working days
  • Fees: 40 USD (tourism); 55 USD (business)
  • Documents to upload on the website including 01 scan of passport (the page of personal information); 01 file of a 3 x 4 cm photo (taken within 6 months, white background)
  • The Vietnam E-Visa will be sent to your email. You need to print it out and bring along with your passport to enter Vietnam.
  • Australian citizens with Vietnam E-Visa must exit and enter through the following airports, seaports, and border gates which allow foreigners to enter and exit via electronic visas. Please see the list below:


Vietnam international airports Vietnam land-crossing borders Vietnam sea ports
1.      Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi city

2.      Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh city

3.      Cam Ranh international airport in Nha Trang city

4.      Da Nang international airport in Da Nang city

5.      Cat Bi international airport in Hai Phong city

6.      Can Tho international airport in Can Tho city

7.      Phu Quoc international airport in Phu Quoc island

8.      Phu Bai international airport in Hue city

1.      Mong Cai border gate in Quang Ninh Province (border with China)

2.      Friendship or Huu Nghi border gate in Lang Son province (border with China)

3.      Lao Cai border gate in Lao Cai province (border with China)

4.      Tay Trang border gate in Dien Bien Phu province (border with Laos)

5.      Na Meo border gate in Thanh Hoa province (border with Laos)

6.      Nam Can border gate in Nghe An province (border with Laos)

7.      Cau Treo border gate in Ha Tinh province (border with Laos)

8.      Cha Lo border gate in Quang Binh province (border with Laos)

9.      Lao Bao border gate in Quang Tri province (border with Laos)

10. La Lay border gate in Quang Tri province (border with Laos)

11. Bo Y border gate in Kon Tum province (border with Cambodia & Laos)

12. Moc Bai border gate in Tay Ninh province (border with Cambodia)

13. Xa Mat border gate in Tay Ninh province (border with Cambodia)

14. Tinh Bien border gate in An Giang province (border with Cambodia)

15. Song Tien border gate in An Giang province (border with Cambodia)

16. Ha Tien border gate in Kien Giang province (border with Cambodia)

1.      Hon Gai seaport in Quang Ninh province

2.      Hai Phong seaport in Hai Phong province

3.      Nha Trang seaport in Nha Trang city (Khanh Hoa province)

4.      Da Nang seaport in Da Nang city

5.      Chan May seaport in Hue city

6.      Quy Nhon seaport in Quy Nhon city (Binh Dinh province)

7.      Vung Tau seaport in Vung Tau city (Ba Ria Vung Tau province)

8.      Ho Chi Minh seaport in Ho Chi Minh city

9.      Duong Dong seaport in Phu Quoc island


b/ Visa-On-Arrival (VOA)

  • Visa-On-Arrival is also issued by the Vietnam Immigration Department to foreign citizens who intend to come and stay in Vietnam for both tourism and business purposes. A special feature of VOA is the longer stay of up to 3 months and the number of entry can be not limited. This feature is a favorable advantage for Australians who are on long-term vacation or have regular business trips in Vietnam.
  • Access the immigration company website link at to fill in the information and select the services.
  • Documents to upload on the website: No documents required
  • Processing time: 2 working days
  • You will receive a Letter of Visa Approval from the Vietnam Immigration Department via email before your trip. You need to print the letter out and go to the Visa-On-Arrival offices at one of the 07 international airports in Vietnam to receive your Visa and paste it directly into your passport.


  • List of 07 international airports in Vietnam can receive Visa-On-Arrivals:
  1. Noi Bai International Airport (Ha Noi city)
  2. Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang city)
  3. Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh city)
  4. Cam Ranh International Airport (Nha Trang city)
  5. Phu Quoc International Airport (Phu Quoc Island)
  6. Cat Bi International Airport (Hai Phong city)
  7. Lien Khuong International Airport (Da Lat city)
  • Documents to receive the Visa-On-Arrival at the ‘Visa On Arrival’ offices at the airports:
  1. Original passport (more than 6-month expiration and at least 02 blank pages)
  2. 02 color photos sized 3 x 4 cm (taken within 6 months, white background)
  3. VISA Approval Letter
  4. Vietnam Customs Declaration card for passengers on entry/exit (Form NA1 – get at the airports)
  • Total fees for a VISA-On-Arrival for Australian citizens:
  1. Service fee: The service fee is different between the citizenships, staying time periods, purposes, etc. It will be paid for the immigration company (Please see details at
  2. Stamp fee: 25 USD (single entry) or 50 USD (multiple entries). It will be paid for the ‘Visa-On-Arrival’ office at the airport.

In conclusion, applying for a visa to go to a country is not an easy task. However, hope that the above answers have provided useful necessary information for Vietnam visa application for Australian citizens. It is advised that you should apply 10 working days before your trip just in case of paperwork problems may disrupt your travel or business trip. If you have more questions about the procedure or filling in the visa application, please visit our website or contact us via email address: We will reply to you as soon as possible!


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