Complete guide for visa and immigration
Visa on arrival is an alternative way for travelers to obtain their visas to travel to Vietnam.
A Vietnam visa is required for all nationalities except those eligible for a visa exemption.
Vietnam is not so strict on entry visa requirements like other countries. Below is list of things you will need to know before you enter Vietnam.
Vietnam applies its new policy for e-visa effective from 1 February 2017.
Vietnam photo details and specifications for passport and visa applicants.
Thanks to policies to promote tourism, custom regulations in Vietnam today are getting simpler than ever before.
Ever wonder how the immigration takes place? Here is what happens as you leave your country for Vietnam.
Instruction to fill Vietnam Entry and Exit Form (M3): type of passport, profession and place of employment, contact in Vietnam, proposed duration of stay, purpose of entry and exit, and port of arrival. Find information to download and fill out the form.
Downloadable form, visa eligibility, requirements and instructions for application with Embassy in Canberra.
Downloadable Vietnam visa application form and instruction to fill out form.
Frequently asked questions
How many types of visa in Vietnam?
There are about 30 types of visa in Vietnam and the requirements as well as the authorized activities are different for each of them.
Do I need a visa for Vietnam from Australia?
Yes, you do.
Australians need a visa to enter Vietnam, no matter how long you plan to stay. Refer to our visa guide for Australians for further information.
How much is Vietnam visa fee?
It depends on where you apply for your Vietnam visa.
- If you apply at a local embassy, check directly on the embassy or consulate website for the most updated fee. This may cost you $50-200 depending on visa type and which embassy you apply at.
- If you apply for a visa on arrival, the fee often includes the visa letter processing fee and the stamping fee when you arrive at Vietnamese airport. This may cost you $50-100 depending on your length of stay and whether you need the emergency visa service
- If you apply for an e-visa, the fee is between $25-50 depending on the type of visa. Please note that not all nationalities are qualified for e-visa.
Who needs a visa to enter Vietnam?
If your nationality does not show on the visa exemption list, or you do not hold a diplomatic passport, you need a visa to enter Vietnam.
Prior to 2020, the visa exemption list includes Southeast Asian countries, Nordic countries, East Asian countries (Japan, South Korea) and the 5 European countries (UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and France). Visitors from these countries often can stay less than 15 days without a visa.
If you plan to stay longer than that, make sure to obtain a visa in advance as the visa extension may be both costly and time consuming while you are already in the country.
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