On this page, you will find the information you need to easily make your way through Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport and to your destination.
Arrival and departure terminal maps and other information for navigating Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
Please present your passport. Note:
It is possible to apply for a visa upon arrival at the “Visa on Arrival” counter, but only if you have obtained a visa acquisition from Vietnam’s border control authority.
There will be a carry-on luggage inspection.
Please show your passport, boarding pass and Immigration card.
Business class travelers are eligible for Fast Track Security Screening. Please show your boarding pass when using this service.
On April 25th, 2019 (JST) current information.
Furthermore, the details under “Visa” and “Passport” are for Japanese nationals.
This information is likely to change suddenly, so please contact the relevant official authority (e.g., embassy) for the latest information.
Official Languages: Vietnamese
Currency: dong (VND)
Time Zone: UTC +7 (Indochina Time)
Whether you’re connecting at the airport or will be exploring what this beautiful country has to offer, you’ll find all the helpful tips you need to know on this page—including the current exchange rate, climate information and more. For detailed country information, please visit the embassy’s website.
Japanese citizens with a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of entry and a ticket for leaving Vietnam can stay for up to 15 days without a visa. However, if entering Vietnam twice within a thirty-day period, a visa is needed for entering the second time. A visa is required for stays of 16 days or longer or if you do not have a ticket for leaving Vietnam (but a ticket for departing by land, for example). Visas can be obtained at the embassy or consulate of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. You can stay for one month with a regular tourist visa (single visa).
Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the time of obtaining a visa (or upon entry if you do not have a visa).
During the Immigration inspection, you must present your ticket for return or onward travel. When traveling with an e-ticket, you must present an e-ticket itinerary receipt.
When visiting from Japan, it is prohibited to bring the following items into Vietnam.
As of December 2019, there are no regulations for bringing it in the country.
Vietnam is 2 hours behind Japan. When it is noon in Japan, it is 10:00 in Vietnam. Daylight saving time is not observed.
Overall, Vietnam has high temperatures and a lot of rain. It has a tropical monsoon climate. However, since the country is narrow and runs a long distance from north to south, even in the same periods the climate can be quite different depending on the region. In particular, in winter (November to March) the north is cool enough to require a jacket, but in the south days with temperatures over 30°C continue. It is best to research the climate of the destination before leaving Japan to bring the proper clothing.
A temperature graph of Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo
A precipitation graph of Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo
Banknotes come in 12 denominations: 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000, 200,000, and 500,000. The 100 and 200 dong notes are not widely circulated. Coins come in five denominations: 200, 500, 1000, 2000, and 5000 dong. These are no longer in circulation. In addition, though the US dollar is also circulated, price displays and payment/acceptance of foreign currency has been restricted since early 2012, and gradually its circulation is declining.
JPY1 is approx. VND208
US$1 is approx. VND23190
VND1 is approx. JPY0.004 (VND1000 is approx. JPY4)
(As of April 2019)
Excluding the VDN100, the currency is printed with a likeness of Chairman Ho Chi Minh. VND100 and VND200 are for the most part not circulated.
Basically, a 10% to 20% value added tax (VAT) is imposed, but in reality it is usually not imposed on shopping and payments at the tourist level. Travelers pay VAT at mid/high class hotels and upscale restaurants. In July 2014, a value-added tax (VAT) refund system was put into place. There are VAT refund counters at the airports and terminals that serve international flights where it is possible to receive refund if procedures are followed, so we recommend that you acquire an understanding of the system before using it.
Vietnam does not have a custom of tipping, so basically it is not necessary.
Voltage is almost always 220V, but in rare cases it is 110V. The cycle is 50Hz. Many plugs are a combination of Type A and Type C. There are Type A, Type C, and in rare instances, Type SE and Type BF plugs. Using 100V electric products from Japan requires a transformer. Hotels of mid-level and above lend guests transformers. Even Japanese electric products that handle 100V to 240V can be used without a transformer, so read the instruction manual for electronic products you plan to use. However, be aware that even products that can handle 100V to 240V require a conversion adapter for the plug.
A conversion adapter for Type A, Type C, and Type SE
The DVD region code for Vietnam is 3, while it is 2 for Japan. DVDs cannot be viewed in Japan unless they are clearly marked “All code.” Be aware that bringing copied DVDs of animes and movies, etc. into Japan is not permitted.
Though it differs slightly for each post office, usually they are open from 7:00 to 21:00. Post offices are normally open on Sundays, too.
Airmail to Japan costs VND11000 for a postcard, and VND15000 for sealed letters up to 20g. Parcel of parcels up to 1kg cost VND514000. An extra VND60500 is added for every 1kg thereafter.
Ex. When calling Tokyo (03) 1234-5678:
Ex. When calling Ho Chi Minh(08) 1234-5678:
The official language is Vietnamese, which is written using characters called Quoc Ngu. English is often understood in places that cater to foreigners and travelers. Some stores also understand Japanese. In addition, some senior citizens understand French and Russian.
Below are guidelines for general business hours, which differ by shop, restaurant, etc.
Mon. to Fri. 8:00 to 11:30, 13:00 to 16:00, closed on Sun., holidays. Some places are open on Sat. Currency can be exchanged during business hours.
8:00 to 21:00.
10:00 to 22:00, but some places open at 6:00 and close at 24:00. In addition, many upscale restaurants close for 2 to 3 hours between lunchtime and dinnertime.
Neither tobacco nor alcohol is regulated by law. Their consumption is socially acceptable around the age of 18.
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