October 21, 2019
FAQ 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

Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) – Ho Chi Minh city

(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.


Overview about Vietnam visa policy Vietnam visa policy has been improved in the past few years to promote the development of tourism industry. The number of international tourists to Vietnam is growing steadily.

All visitors travel to Phu Quoc Island can stay in the island up to 30 days without a visa. Visitor who want to stay for 30 days visa-free in Phu Quoc island are required to stay within the island for maximum 30 days then exit to for home country or another countries.

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 1 Jan, 2015, the new law on Entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam will be taken effect. Following this new law, Vietnam Immigration law will have some changes.

Upon arrival at the Vietnam airport, you will come to the Visa Landing office to obtain the Visa sticker to place into your passport. After that, you will come to the Customs Counter to check-in.

Applying for a Vietnam visa on arrival is so easy and convenient for applicants. Once obtaining a pre-approved letter, a tourist or businessman can get his or her visa at a Vietnam international airport.

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Belonging to the lists of four most common types of Vietnam visa on arrival, three month multiple entry visa brings lots of advantages for tourists in need of entering Vietnam by air. With this kind of visa in hand, tourists can enter and exit Vietnam as much as they want during their visa validity.