Essential items for travel to Vietnam
It is advisable to have the following items in your hand luggage:
- Carry-on luggage
- Offer and Offer acceptance form
- Personal details and Vietnam contact address
- Key contact name/ phone numbers, address of the hotel in Vietnam, details of the person you will meet on arrival (if any)
- Vietnamese dong (or you can exchange money at the airport)
- Driving license (or another identification document).
- All personal valuables: laptop, camera, phone chargers, etc.
- Do not put your valuables in the check-in luggage
- Have photocopies of all your key travel documents in your main luggage.
Photocopy of key travel documents
- All other personal items including any essential electrical goods.
Vietnam visa information for international students
International students must have a student visa (DH code) sponsored by RMIT Vietnam and comply with Vietnam immigration rules and regulations. If you are on a different type of visa, you may be required to leave Vietnam in order to apply for student visa (Entry visa).
Students must not be in Vietnam when applying for an Entry Visa.
The decision of your visa entry comprehensively relies on the Vietnamese Immigration Department. RMIT Vietnam is not responsible for and cannot guarantee the outcome of any visa application.
Entry Visa Procedures
International students, who are currently in their home country or in a country where the Vietnamese Embassy/Consulate General Office is located, and have been enrolled at RMIT Vietnam to study, can apply for an Entry Visa. To apply for Entry Visa, applicants are required to:
- Provide a copy of your 6-month valid passport;
- Pay the tuition fees for the forthcoming semester. Proof of payment is required.
(Other supporting documents will be arranged by RMIT)
RMIT Vietnam will send you the soft copy of the approval correspondence from the Vietnamese Immigration Department. You will submit the Pre-visa Letter together with your visa application form, original passport, and visa payment to the Vietnamese Embassy/Consulate General Office to collect your actual visa in the preferred country.
Students should contact the Vietnamese Embassy/Consulate General Office in your preferred country to determine whether there are additional required documents and information pertaining to visa fee or additional requirements/forms. The visa letter might be expired after one (01) month if students do not collect the visa stamp.
As of June 1, 2016, the fees you can expect to pay are below:
- USD 35 for a 3-month single entry visa
- USD 60 for a 3–6 -month multiple entry
- USD 105 for a 6-month multiple entry
- USD 145 for a 6-month to one-year multiple entry
In case there is no Vietnamese government office in your country, it is important to inform us as soon as possible so we can support you in applying for a student visa on arrival. Students then can pay the visa fee and pick up their student visa stamp at Vietnam airports after landing.
Citizens from some countries are exempt from requiring visas to enter Vietnam. However, before the exemption date has expired, students must leave the country and re-enter in order to collect a study visa arranged by RMIT University Vietnam.
More information on visa exemptions can be found here.
Timeline for Application of Study and Visa
- Students submit the Application approximately 10 weeks before semester starts.
- RMIT Vietnam will issue the Offer letters around 1-2 weeks later.
- Students can accept the offer by submitting the Acceptance forms in the next 1-2 weeks.
- RMIT Vietnam will issue Pre-approve letters of student visa within 1 week after step 3.
- Students have 6-8 weeks to submit the Pre-approve letters of student visa to Vietnamese Embassy in students' country.
- The Student Entry Visa should be available to collect at the Vietnamese Embassy in students' country within 1-2 weeks after step 5.
- All international students are required to enter Vietnam with Study Entry Visa.
- Your Study visa will be valid 1 month prior to the start of the semester.
- This timeline applies for normal process, more time may be needed in case of unexpected event.