Ho Chi Minh City International Airport
Ho Chi Minh City International Airport (Tan Son Nhat Airport – SGN) is located 6km north of Ho Chi Minh City center. Below is the Ho Chi Minh City International Airport map and the instruction on how to get visa at Ho Chi Minh City International Airport.
At Ho Chi Minh City International Airport, the immigration process should follow these steps:
Upon entering immigration hall, you will find a Vietnam visa on arrival counter. You will need to queue for visa stamp at this area. If you employ the visa fast track service, the agent will bring a welcome board displaying your name waiting here.
For visa on arrival, you should prepare your original passport, printed visa approval letter, recent taken photo and stamping fee. A completed on arrival form also required.
After you receive a visa stamped onto your passport, please continue with the immigration process by going to the baggage claim area.
After collecting your checked baggage, please proceed to the customs counter. Passengers with items to declare must complete a customs declaration form and hand it to a customs official along with their passport. If there are any omissions on the form, you may be questioned by the official. Please be aware that checks on precious metals, cameras, and videos are particularly strict and all baggage will be X-rayed. If you are making a foreign currency declaration, please accurately record the currency type and amount (only required if you have US$5,000 equivalent or more, including gold, silver, precious stones, etc…). Communications equipment cannot be brought in without obtaining prior permission from the Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications.
More details about Vietnam customs regulation:
a. Good and products
You are able to bring the maximum amount of the followings; otherwise, it is mandatory to declare and pay import taxes:
- Cigarettes: 400 nos
- Cigars: 100 nos
- Tobacco: 100 gram
- Liquor: 1.5 liters
- Perfume and jewellery for personal use
- Souvenirs and gift items valued at not more than US$ 300
b. Materials under declaration
There are no restrictions on the amount of currency, gold, precious metals and stones; however, you have to declare on the customs forms provided that your luggage includes:
Declare if you bring:
- Foreign currency: in excess of US$ 5,000
- Vietnam dong: in excess of VND15.000.000
- Gold: in excess of 300gr
- Gold and jewellery not for personal use
- Video tapes, CDs: CDs and tapes are often kept for screening and returned to you after a few days
c. Banned materials
Things below should be excluded from your luggage:
- Weapon, ammunition, explosives and inflammable objects
- Military technical equipment; drugs, opium and other narcotics
- Anti-government literature; pornographic literature, etc.
On top of this; antiques, some types of precious stones, wild animals, rare and precious plants listed in Vietnam’s red-book could not be exported.
Visitors are normally required to fill in arrival-departure forms and also custom forms on condition that you bring things that require declaration or exceed duty-free norm. Nevertheless, from 15 November 2010, arrival-departure forms are exempted for all visitors in all international airports and 12 border checkpoints in Vietnam. Thus, it is likely that may not have to fill in any form when you visit Vietnam.
Please be noted that this is only a brief summary and that customs regulation in Vietnam are subject to change at any time. So, always double check all information before making any important decisions. The Vietnamese Customs maintain an extremely informative website which you can refer to.
The departure at Ho Chi Minh City International Airport should be following:
Check-in opens 2 hours 30 minutes prior to departure. Please present your ticket and passport at the check-in counter for your airline to receive your boarding pass.
After checking in, please go to the Immigration entrance and present your passport and boarding pass to an official.
It is not a problem if the amount of foreign currency you are taking out of the country is within the declared amount.
2.3 Security check
After Immigration, passengers are required to undergo security checks at the security checkpoint, where they must also present their carry-on luggage for X-ray.