Visas and Immigration – Vietnam
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This is the website of the Department of Home Affairs, Australian Visa office in VietnamIt highlights certain important information, and includes information specific to applying for visas to Australia, in both the Vietnamese and English languages.
However, for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and news you are encouraged to visit the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website. The Department of Home Affairs website will also help you to choose a suitable visa from all the visa types and provide information about global processing times.
News from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs
Check [your application] twice, submit [your application] once
In order to help us process your application faster, there are things you can do to make sure that when you submit your visa application it is ‘decision ready’. For further information about this, see Check twice, submit once (homeaffairs.gov.au).
Note – If any of your supporting documentation is not in English, you will need to include a translation in English, as well as a copy of the original document. Each translated document must include (in English) the translator’s:
- full name, address and telephone number; and
- qualifications and experience in the language they are translating.
Note – We recommend that you lodge your application early and you book your flight only after your visa has been granted. The Australian Government does not accept any responsibility or liability for financial losses related to the booking of flights and accommodation, which are incurred by applicants whose visa application was finalised later than expected or whose application was ultimately unsuccessful.
Travel to Australia during peak holiday seasons
If you are planning to visit Australia during the festive Christmas and Tet periods, we encourage you to apply as early as possible and submit complete applications, including English translations of documents not issued in English.
For further information on how to lodge a complete application for a visitor visa, see Applying for a visitor visa (homeaffairs.gov.au)
Please also review the Vietnamese-specific Temporary Entry Visa (subclass 600) checklist below.
Citizenship ‘facilitation’ letters
The Australian Embassy and Australian Consulate-General advise that they are unable to provide ‘facilitation letters’ or ‘certificates of nationality’ for children born in Vietnam to Australian parents or to one parent of Australian nationality and one parent of another nationality.
The Embassy and Consulate-General understand that some local authorities in Vietnam have sometimes requested parents to produce ‘facilitation letters’ or ‘certificates of nationality’ in order to obtain a birth certificate for their child.
Under Australian law, a child born outside Australia to an Australian citizen parent is not automatically an Australian citizen. They are required to lodge an application for Australian Citizenship by Descent with the Australian Government and await a decision regarding citizenship.
Lifting of COVID-19 Border Restrictions
From 00:01 Wednesday, 6 July 2022,
- Passengers travelling to Australia will no longer be required to provide evidence of vaccination;
- Unvaccinated visa holders will not require a travel exemption;
- Passengers will not be required to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration (Air) or Maritime Travel Declaration (Sea); and
- Passengers departing Australia will not be required to provide evidence of their vaccination status
From 9 September 2022, masks are no longer required on flights travelling to Australia.
COVID-19 visa concessions and refunds
Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic period, a range of changes were made to some visa categories, including the introduction of concession periods, fee waivers and visa refunds.
The time for applicants to lodge a new Subclass 600 (Visitor) visa application with a nil Visa Application Charge (VAC) due to the COVID-19 concessions will be ceasing on 31 December 2022. Any pending applications that were lodged before this date will still be assessed for nil VAC eligibility.
For information on any other COVID-19-related concessions, please refer to Refunds and waivers (homeaffairs.gov.au).
1. Temporary Entry visas
2. Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa
3. Migration visas
4. Resident Return visa (Subclass 155 and 157)
1. Biometrics Collection in Vietnam
2. Approved Medical Clinics in Vietnam
3. Be aware of visa scams that operate in Vietnam
To respond to request or submit an enquiry, use the web-based Australian Immigration Enquiry form.
You can also call the Home Affairs Global Service Centre number on +61 2 6196 0196, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (local time).
All correspondence (including visa decisions) will be sent to you from a “nil-reply” email address. Do not reply to these emails.
Last updated 10.02.2023