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Procedures in Vietnam Airport

July 25, 2023
Landing visa counter in Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)

Landing visa counter in Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)

Have you ever wondered about the process of immigration? Let’s take a closer look at what happens when you leave your country and travel to Vietnam.

First and foremost, it is important to remember that when you leave your country, you must have a passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining. This rule applies to all international travel, including trips between the US and Canada (except for EU member countries). Additionally, if you are traveling to Vietnam, you will need both a valid passport and a valid Vietnam visa. These documents will be requested during the check-in process, regardless of your departure location. A Vietnam visa can either be a stamp in your passport or a signed visa approval letter.

Second,  once you have presented your passport and visa/visa approval letter, you will be provided with a boarding pass to fly to Vietnam. Upon arrival at one of Vietnam’s three major airports (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, or Danang), you will immediately notice the Immigration Office, typically located near or alongside the Customs area. Look for the bright sign that says “visa-on-arrival” or “landing visa.” If you already have a visa stamp, simply proceed to the Customs area, where you will hand in your passport for verification before collecting your baggage.

However, if you have opted for the visa on arrival service, you will need to present several documents, including your passport, Vietnam entry exit form, visa approval letter, and two passport-sized photos (make sure they meet the photo requirements). Once you have received your visa stamp, you can proceed to the Customs area.

Third, after passing through immigration and customs, you are granted entry into Vietnam. You can then collect your luggage, exit the airport, and choose a taxi or bus to take you downtown. Luckily, luggage collection at Vietnam’s airports is typically swift and hassle-free.

When you are ready to leave Vietnam, simply present your passport at the immigration stations before proceeding to the security checkpoint. It is important to note that overstaying your visa may result in fines, so be sure to take note of the expiration date.

Navigating airport procedures and obtaining a Vietnam visa may seem daunting, but with the right information and proper preparation, the process can be smooth and efficient.