Wait time for Vietnam visa on arrival: How long does it actually takes?

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

Airport (BusiScore)Wait time (Average)Peak hours
Ho Chi Minh city SGN (BusiScore: 10/10)30-45 minutes10:00 am to 02:00 pm (Busiest day: Friday)
Hanoi HAN (BusiScore: 8/10)20-30 minutes09:00 am to 03:00 pm (Friday usually sees the highest number of arrivals)
Da Nang DAD (BusiScore: 6/10)Often less than 20 minutes11:00 am to 01:00 pm (Saturday is the busiest day)
Nha Trang NHA (BusiScore: 5/10)Often less than 20 minutes08:00 am to 10:00 am (Busiest day: Thursday)
Hai Phong HPH (BusiScore: 4/10)Often less than 20 minutes03:00 pm to 05:00 pm (Busiest day: Monday)
*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 before you go including photos, stamping fee in cash and the entry/exit form
  • Prepare the stamping fee in exact amount in USD or VND to save your time on money exchange
  • If you travel with children or seniors, please ask the immigration officers or other travelers for priority

Passengers Queue for Checkin at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi)  

Last updated: October 17, 2019

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My family & I will be visiting Vietnam in August & I’m very interested in applying for our visas through your site, but I have a couple of questions. We are traveling with Gate1 travel company & I'm not sure how much time we will get upon our arrival because they send a representative to meet us. How long approximately does it take, once we land, to actually get our stamp & is the location convenient to where we might be picking up our luggage?

Thank you,
Susan Woo


Dear Susan,  

The wait time at Vietnam airport will depend on the number of people arriving at the same time, so we can not say 100% sure exactly how much time it will take, especially, Ho Chi Minh city is the busiest airport in Vietnam. However,  as August is not a peak season , the estimated wait time is about 15-30 minutes.  

Therefore, If your tour operator arranges the meet and greet service, you can tell them to add about 30 minutes to their schedule.

We hope it helps!

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