October 21, 2019
Visa tips

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

The waiting time at Vietnam airports 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 waiting 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 waiting 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 your original passport, the visa approval letter, stamping fee in cash and the Vietnamese visa application form (form NA1). Please print a copy of the visa approval letter and check it again to make sure no error or mistake. The Vietnamese visa application form (form NA1) should be filled, signed and attached photo in advance.

– Prepare cash to pay for the stamping fee on arrival with exact amount in USD (US$25 for single entry visa | US$50 for multiple entry visa) to save your time on money exchange (USD is recommended). Credit card is not accepted and there is no ATM also.

– Priority is available if you travel with children or seniors. Please ask the immigration officers or other travelers for priority.

– To avoid long queues, you should choose “On Arrival Support” with extra fee for supporting from our staff to get your visa fast without queuing.


From 01 Feb, 2019, Vietnam Immigration Department has added more 35 countries to the Vietnam e-visa program, including Hong Kong (China) and Macau (China). But until now the Vietnam e-visa system is just updated for old version of Hong Kong passport – passport number starts with letter “K”.

From 01 Feb, 2019, Citizens of Hong Kong can apply for Vietnam eVisa online. Below is everything you need to know about Vietnam eVisa for citizens of Hong Kong (China).

Vietnam government has decided to extend visa waivers program for visitors from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. This information was announced by the Minister, Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung announced at the meeting on 03 June, 2017.

To get the Visa at Moc Bai border checkpoint, you need the original letter (The real letter in paper with the real stamp and signature). This letter is processed and approved by Vietnam Immigration Department.

Vietnamese Visa application form (Form NA1) will be submitted at Visa landing counter desk at Vietnam airports to get the Visa into your passport. This form is required for all people who want to get Visa on arrival.

It is great for us to inform that from December 15, 2016, all types of Vietnam visa will be available again for US citizens. As you know, from 01 September, 2016, just 1 type of Vietnam Visa is available for US citizens, that is 1 year multiple entries Visa.