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How long does it take to collect the visa on arrival at Vietnam airport?

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The waiting time at Vietnam airport for visa on arrival depends much on the numbers of arrivals and time of arrival. Some airports are very busy during peak hours and some are less busy, let take a look on wait time comparison chart below:

Airport (Busy Score)

Wait time (Average)

Peak hours

Ho Chi Minh city SGN

(Busy Score: 10/10)

15-30 minutes

10:00 am to 02:00 pm (Busiest day: Friday)

Noi Bai airport (HAN) – Ha Noi city

(Busy Score: 8/10)

10-20 minutes

09:00 am to 03:00 pm (Friday usually sees the highest number of arrivals)

Da Nang airport (DAD) Da Nang city

(Busy Score: 6/10)

Often less than 15 minutes

11:00 am to 01:00 pm (Saturday is the busiest day)

Cam Ranh airport (CXR) – Nha Trang city (Busy Score: 5/10)

Often less than 15 minutes

08:00 am to 10:00 am (Busiest day: Thursday)

Cat Bi airport (HPH) – Hai Phong city

(Busy Score: 4/10)

Often less than 15 minutes

03:00 pm to 05:00 pm (Busiest day: Monday)

* Notes: This is an average wait time for non-holiday as it will be much busier during New Year, Christmas and Lunar New Year Holiday.

Our tips
- Prepare all documents in hand before you go including the Visa approval letter printed in paper, stamping fee in cash and the Vietnam Visa application form which information is completed in advance.
- Prepare the stamping fee in exact amount in USD to save your time on money exchange (USD is recommended. This will avoid the bad currency exchange at the airport)
- Priority is available if you travel with children or seniors. Please ask the immigration officers or other travelers for priority.
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