Vietnam visa on arrival Australia once it is issued, the visa on arrival is absolutely same as the visa issued by Vietnamese embassies and consulates in Australia, and have similar conditions and limitations for its use.
Prior to departing from Australia, you need to employ an agent in Vietnam to obtain an official letter of approval. You need to present this letter at the visa on arrival counter at the airport of arrival. You then need to pay a processing fee at the counter, which is US $45 for a 30-day or 90-day stay for single entry visa, $65 if you want a multi-entry visa for a period of stay less than 30 days, and $95 for a multi-entry visa with stay at Vietnam for 30 days or more. After presenting the letter and processing fee, your passport will be stamped with a full visa for yur desired period of stay in the application. As an Australian, you can apply for any visa, whether single or multiple entry for either 30 days or even less and up to 90 days. Your period of stay needs to be clearly mentioned in your application for the official letter of approval that you submit to the agent prior to leaving Australia. The fees for obtaining the official letter of approval from agents varies, and range from $9 upwards based on the type of visa that you are looking for as well as the fee structure of the agent that you have employed. There are travel agents and tour operators that discount the fees for processing the letter of approval if you book tours through them. Before submitting your application, you need to be aware that sometimes the three-month visas come with restrictions on entry and exit, and it is always wiser to check if you can obtain visas for your planned dates prior to leaving Australia.
When you opt for the visa on arrival procedure though, the process for issuing the visa can be rather slow. This is particularly true for Tan Son Nhat Airport at Ho Chi Minh City where there is always a rush for obtaining visa on arrival and the queues can get rather chaotic. This is Vietnam’s busiest airport, and has much more arrivals than the other two airports in Vietnam. If you arrive at the tourist peak season, be prepared to wait an hour or two at the counter to get your visa stamped. On the other hand, during the lean season and if you arrive from Australia at the airport during a quiet period, processing the visa can take no more than 15 minutes. You can expect then to arrive at the baggage belt area even before your baggage actually arrives.