Vietnam Visa Types

For Australian citizens, there are currently two types of tourist visas available: 

  • Visa on Arrival (Single and Multiple Entry) with a validity of 30 days 

  • E-visa (Single and Multiple Entry) with a validity of 90 days.

Steps to Get Vietnam Visas for Australians

The mandatory criteria for applying for tourist visas to Vietnam:

  • Your Australian passport is valid for at least 6 months of entry into Vietnam with at least 2 black pages.

  • Passport soft copy full personal detail page.

  • Your portrait soft copy.

  • Email to receive OTP and visa results.

  • Credit card/debit card payments for online transactions, or bring cash for the visa-on-arrival process.

Visa on arrival


1. Complete the online application form to receive an Approval Letter.

(Aussies who apply for the Visa on Arrival need to contact certain travel agencies issuing  the Approval Letter)

2. Receive the Approval Letter via email.

3. Upon arrival in Vietnam, present the Approval Letter along with 2 passport-size photos, your valid passport, and the stamping fee in cash.

Submit these necessary documents at the immigration counter to obtain the visa-on-arrival stamp.

1. Fill out the secure online visa application form and proceed with the payment.

2. Receive the E-Visa letter directly in your registered email within the processing time.

3. Download your E-Visa letter and present it to the Vietnam Immigration Officer upon your arrival to complete your entry into Vietnam.


Comparing the Vietnam Visas for Australian Citizens process, the E-visa option is more convenient. You only need to apply online and present it upon arrival. For a Visa on Arrival, you need to obtain an Approval Letter and complete the necessary paperwork at the airport.

Cost of Vietnam visa and processing time

Vietnam Visa for Australian Citizens

Vietnam Visas for Australian Citizens information



Processing time

Visa on Arrival

Single Entry

25 USD

2 working days

(4 - 8 hours for urgent visa with extra fee)

Multiple Entry

50 USD

Approval Letter

15 - 65 USD/pax (varies depending on the type of visa and the quantity of applicants)


Single Entry

25 USD

3 - 6 working days

Multiple Entry

50 USD


In regards to time efficiency, Visa on Arrival offers a quicker option, and you can expedite the process with an urgent visa request. However, there will be an additional fee for the approval letter.

To gain more insights, navigate to our post about Vietnam travel guide for first timer!

Vietnam Embassy in Australia

Within Australia, there are three official Vietnamese representations:

Vietnam Embassy (Canberra)

  • 6 Timbarra Crescent, O’Malley, ACT, 2606

  • +0262866059 (ext. 101/102)


Vietnam Consulate (East Perth)

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

  • +61892211158


Vietnam Consulate (Sydney)

  •  Suite 205, level 2, Edgecliff Center 203 233 New South Head Road, Edgecliff, NSW 2027

  • +0293271912, +0293272539



Q: Do Australian Citizens Need Visas for Vietnam?

A: Yes, Australian citizens must apply for a visa upon entering Vietnam.

Q: What Types of Visas Are Available for Australian Citizens Traveling to Vietnam?

A: Vietnam offers two visa options for Australian citizens: Visa on Arrival and E-visa.

Q: Which Visa Option Should Australian Citizens Choose – Visa on Arrival or E-visa?


  • The choice depends on individual preferences. As I mentioned earlier, E-visa is convenient and cost-effective. However, my advice is to apply for it well in advance due to potential delays. 

  • Visa on Arrival, on the other hand, has a shorter processing time and can be expedited.

  • Moreover, Australian citizens with Visa on Arrival can enter Vietnam through 7 airports, while E-visa holders can use 13 airports, 16 landports, and 12 seaports.

Q: What Considerations Should Australian Citizens Keep in Mind When Applying for a Vietnam Visa?


  • Visa processing time does not include Saturdays, Sundays, and Vietnam public holidays. It's crucial to apply early, taking these non-working days into account, to prevent any disruptions to your travel plans.

  • I recommend applying at least two weeks before your intended entry into Vietnam. 

  • You should verify all information before submission and upon receiving your visa details to ensure accuracy.

Q: Is Entry into Vietnam Restricted to the Exact Date Specified in My E-visa Letter?

A: No, you can enter Vietnam on any date between the arrival and exit dates indicated on your visa. However, entering before the specified date is not permitted.

Q: How Can Australian Citizens Obtain Vietnam Visas?


  • For E-visa, you can apply independently. 

  • For a Visa on Arrival, you need to contact certain travel agencies issuing the Approval Letter for the visa.

Vietnam Visa for Australian Citizens

Travel to Vietnam from Australia 

Above are the essential details regarding Vietnam Visas for Australian Citizens. In general, obtaining a Vietnam visa for Australian citizens is relatively straightforward. Feel free to explore specific blogs and tour programs on the New Asia Tours website for your Vietnam visit! And don't hesitate to message our local consultants to receive timely advice for any inquiries you may have about our Vietnam package tour itineraries.