Vietnam launches eVisas for Australians

Stephanie Yip 15 December 2017 NEWS

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It's now quicker and simpler to apply for your visa to Vietnam.

The Vietnam Embassy has added Australia to its eVisa program, enabling Aussies to apply for and have their Vietnam visa applications approved online.

Launched at least a week back, it was a silent transition away from the previous painful process where you'd have to apply in person to your local embassy with your passport. As one traveller describes, "You'd then be handed a handwritten number that you needed to bring with you upon your return in two days in exchange for your stickered passport."

Well, no more.

Now, all that's required is for you to fill out an online form, upload a copy of your passport with at least six months validity as well as a passport-sized photo and pay the non-refundable Embassy service fee.

The Ministry of Public Security will then review your application and, if approved, you'll receive your eVisa via email within three days. This must be printed out and shown to Vietnam immigration at checkout.

A number of websites offer the visa, however it can be difficult to determine which is legitimate and which is not. If in doubt, your best bet is to hone in on government based websites or on trusted tour agents such as STA Travel that provide visa services.

The eVisa is valid for stays of up to 30 days only and only for a single entry.

Searching for your next adventure? Vietnam is now only a quick visa application away.


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