HO CHI MINH CITY
HO CHI MINH CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Updated: 2015/7/3

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Notices

    When departing from Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport, please note that gas lighters, oil lighters, and matches have been prohibited by airport authorities as carry-on items.
    As lighters have been designated hazardous items for air transport, they are also prohibited in checked baggage. Even items brought in from outside the country will be confiscated when departing from Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
    When going immigration, you will need to present the ticket for your departing flight (e-ticket itineary/receipt) from Vietnam.
    Please have your ticket at the ready.
    Keyholders made with bullets, artwork using shell casings, or other such items that could be construed as a weapon based on their shape are prohibited for inclusion in both carry-on and checked baggage for security reasons and will be confiscated by airport authorities. Although these items are sold as souvenirs tourist areas surrounding Ho Chi Minh City, please refrain from purchasing them.

Arrival

Arrival flow

  1. 1

    Immigration

  2. 2

    Baggage Claim

  3. 3

    Customs

Layout

Key to symbols

  • Arrival
  • Departure
  • Connection
  • Security Zone
  • Public Zone
  • Security Zone (no use)
  • Stairs/
    Escalator
  • Toilets
  • Bus
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Taxi
  • Information
  • Train
  • Parking

At the 2nd floor immigration screening area, there are transit counters, toilets, immigration screening, and stairs/escalatorsto the 1st floor.At the 1st floor baggage claim area, there are stairs/elevators from the 2nd floor, baggage claim, toilets, customs, currency exchange offices and the exit to outside.

Arrival regulations

Immigration

Depending on your purpose of stay and nationality, a visa may be required, so please check in advance.

If you need to apply for a visa

  • It is possible to apply for a visa upon arrival, but only if you have obtained a visa acquisition approval beforehand. (However, it can be inconvenient to obtain a visa upon arrival, so we recommend obtaining one in advance.)
  • If you do not have a visa, you will be subjected to forced repatriation (deportation).

Vietnam visa exemption for Japanese passport holders

  • There are several conditions attached to traveling without a visa, including being in possession of a return ticket or e-ticket receipt.
    Please contact the Vietnamese embassy for further information.

Customs

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.  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 .

Pets

Prior reservation is necessary if you wish to bring your pet, as the transportation environment within the aircraft needs to be prepared.

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Please also be sure to check with the embassy or quarantine station at your destination for animal quarantine information such as import restrictions and required documentation.

Departure

Departure flow

  1. 1

    Check-in

  2. 2

    Customs Security check

  3. 3

    Immigration

Layout

Key to symbols

  • Arrival
  • Departure
  • Connection
  • Security Zone
  • Public Zone
  • Security Zone (no use)
  • Stairs/
    Escalator
  • Toilets
  • Bus
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Taxi
  • Information
  • Train
  • Parking

At the 3rd floor boarding area, there are check-in counters and toilets.Once you pass through customs and security, there are immigration control, toilets, elevators to APRICOT Lounge and gates to the bus-lounge.

Departure regulations

Check-in

Check-in opens 2 hours 30 minutes prior to departure.

  • IMPORTANT
    • Please present your ticket and passport at the check-in counter to receive your boarding pass.
    • Checked baggage will be X-rayed after it has been checked in. If the X-ray reveals suspicious items (restricted items, etc.), the baggage will need to be opened for inspection.

Customs

After checking in, please go to the Immigration entrance and present your passport and boarding pass to an official.
Your carry-on baggage will then be X-rayed.

  • IMPORTANT
    • You may not carry illegal copies of video tapes, CDs, or DVDs. (No video tapes may be taken out of the country without a certificate to show they have already been checked.)
    • You may not take antiques out of the country.

Immigration

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.

  • IMPORTANT
    • Unless you make a customs declaration, you may not have more than US$5,000 in your possession.
    • If you have more than US$5,000, please be aware that it may be confiscated.
      ・ Please show your passport, boarding pass, and the immigration card returned to you upon arrival.

Carry-on baggage 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.

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