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Ho Chi Minh City Airport and City Info

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Ho Chi Minh City Airport and City Info

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Ho Chi Minh City Airport and City Info

Traveling to and from Ho Chi Minh City

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.

Guide to Vietnam’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Arrival and departure terminal maps and other information for navigating Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Arrival Terminal

Arrival map of Ho Chi Minh City airport

Please present your passport. Note:

  • It is necessary to show a return ticket or onward ticket to a third country at Immigration.
  • Passengers with an e-Ticket will need to show their e-Ticket Itinerary Receipt.
    • Screenshots on your laptop and phone photos are not accepted.

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.

Departure Terminal

Departure map of Ho Chi Minh City airport
Airport Map Information
Check-In and Carry-On Inspection

Please show your passport, boarding pass and Immigration card.

Fast Track Security Screening

Business class travelers are eligible for Fast Track Security Screening. Please show your boarding pass when using this service.


Connections in Vietnam
  • Passengers with layovers in Vietnam need to check-in at the transfer counter in the middle of the arrival floor. Do not go through Immigration.
  • After completing check-in, go up the stairs behind the transfer counter to the departure (2nd) floor and proceed directly to the departure gate.
Domestic Travel
  • Go to the Domestic terminal after completing all arrival procedures.
  • Complete check-in at your airlines’ check-in counter.

Ho Chi Minh

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.

a landscape of ho-chi-minh-city


Official Languages: Vietnamese

Currency: dong (VND)

Time Zone: UTC +7 (Indochina Time)

Traveling to Vietnam

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.

Immigration and Visa (For Japanese Nationals Only)


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).

  • * Visa, passport, and other information is subject to change without notice. Be sure to check with the Embassy, Consulate, or travel agency.
Note for travel to Vietnam

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.

  • Note that it is not acceptable to simply present an e-ticket on a computer or mobile device.

When visiting from Japan, it is prohibited to bring the following items into Vietnam.

  • a. Plants (including seeds), plant products, fruit
  • b. Mushrooms (excluding pickled, canned, frozen, or fermented)
  • c. Silkworms, cocoons
  • d. Insects, fungi, bacteria, viruses
  • e. Animal processed products (raw foods)
Bringing in e-cigarettes

As of December 2019, there are no regulations for bringing it in the country.

For bringing and possession of tax-free cigarettes
  • Tobacco: 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars, or 500g of rolled tobacco
  • Liquor: 2L of liquor containing less than 22% alcohol, or 1.5L of liquor containing 22% or more alcohol

Time difference and Daylight Saving Time

Time difference

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.

chart of temperature

A temperature graph of Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo

chart of precipitation

A precipitation graph of Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo

Currency and Exchange Rate, Tax, Currency exchange, Tip

Currency and Exchange Rate

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)

currency of ho-chi-minh-city

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.

  • Restaurants: Not required in restaurants other than upscale restaurants. Even in upscale restaurants, it is unnecessary when a service charge is added.
  • Hotels: Tip bellhops and room service approx. VND10000 to VND20000.
  • Tour guide and driver: For a private tour, the tip is about 50,000 to 100,000 dong per day. You don't need to give a tip on a cheap tour.
  • Massage and spa: If you do give a tip, 50,000 to 100,000 dong is about right. In some cases the tip and/or service fee is included in the tour charge, so check beforehand.
  • Taxies: Not necessary.

Voltage and plug


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

Video and DVD

Video and DVD

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.


Post Office Business Hours

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.

Postal Fees

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.

Phone Call

Telephoning Japan from Vietnam

Ex. When calling Tokyo (03) 1234-5678:

  1. dial 00 (International telephone identification number)
  2. 81 (Country Code, Japan )
  3. 3 (Remove the first 0 for area codes)
  4. 1234-5678(Other parties telephone number)
Telephoning Vietnam from Japan

Ex. When calling Ho Chi Minh(08) 1234-5678:

  1. International Telephone Company No.
    • 001 (KDDI)*1
    • 0033 (NTT Communications) *1
    • 0061 (SoftBank Telecom) *1
    • 005345 (au Mobile) *2
    • 009130 (NTT DoCoMo Mobile) *3
    • 0046 (SoftBank Mobile)*4
  2. 010 (International Identification No.)
  3. 84 (Country Code, Vietnam)
  4. 8 (Area code, remove first 0)
  5. 1234-5678 (Other parties telephone number)
  • *1.
    Not required if you have an international registration with “My Line” or “My Line Plus”. See My Line/My Line Plus( for details.
  • *2.
    au does not require 005345.
  • *3.
    Pre-registration to World Wing is required for NTT DoCoMo. Does not require 009130.
  • *4.
    Call are possible without dialing 0046 from SoftBank.

Holiday / National holiday

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • January 25 : Tet (Vietnamese New Year)
  • April 2: Anniversary of the Death of Hung Vuong
  • April 30: Reunification Day
  • May 1: May Day
  • September 2: National Day (Independence Day)



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.

Business hours, etc

Business hours

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.

Age Limit

Neither tobacco nor alcohol is regulated by law. Their consumption is socially acceptable around the age of 18.

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