Are you a first time at Tan Son Nhat airport? Surely you will have many questions that need answers about airport procedures. The airport check-in process is critical as this will affect your trip more or less. 

Being aware of your concerns, we have gathered the information about the first timer’s guide to Tan Son Nhat airport. 

Guide to make procedures at Tan Son Nhat airport

For those who have never been on a plane, stepping on an airplane is not easy. We would like to share with you the complete information about the procedures to check in at Tan Son Nhat airport, helping you have a perfect trip.

Many cases that lack of paperwork leading to missing flights, therefore to prepare carefully for your trip, it is best to be present 2 hours before the plane takes off to check-in at Tan Son Nhat airport.

You can use the following Tan Son Nhat airport map to know the location of the procedures.

Tan Son Nhat airport map -domestic - departure
Tan Son Nhat airport map - domestic - arrival

Domestic procedures at Tan Son Nhat airportĀ 

  • Present tickets and personal documents to the station security force to check the validity before entering the station
  • Go to the airport check-in counters
  • Pass security screening before entering the boarding lounge area.
  • Go to Ho Chi Minh airport lounge area for boarding.
  • Go to the departure area when it’s time to fly.
Tan Son Nhat airport map -international - departure
Tan Son Nhat airport map - international - arrival

International procedures at Tan Son Nhat airport

  • Present tickets and personal documents to the station security force to check the validity before entering the station.
  • Go to the airport check-in counters.
  • Carry out Customs Inspection.
  • Go to the Immigration Police station to do exit procedures.
  • Pass security screening before entering the boarding lounge area.
  • Go to the lounge area for boarding.
  • Go to the departure area when it’s time to fly.

Notes when checking in at Tan Son Nhat airport

There are a few notes you should keep in mind when checking in at Tan Son Nhat airport to avoid the difficulties and delays for flights:

  • Dangerous items (including all knives, swords, batons or similar items), any tool or item which are generally not considered dangerous things but may become hazardous depending on the purpose of use such as stone clamps, razors, scissors of all kinds, pliers, hammers, etc. are only allowed to be transported as checked baggage, except items purchased at the airport duty free shop.
  • Each passenger must carry no more than 1 liter of liquid, each container of liquid must not exceed 100 ml and must be put in a transparent plastic bag as prescribed because they can be opened for inspection or screening by X- optic at the security door at the airport.

How to get Vietnam visa at Tan Son Nhat airport

Visa on arrival Ho Chi Minh airport is the visa application forms chosen by many foreign tourists. First, you select the service provider, visit the provider’s website, and complete the application form. Next, you pay the service fee through the bank and wait for 2-3 days (regular service) to receive the approval letter via email. After Tan Son Nhat airport arrival, you present your passport and approval letter, pay stamping fee for customs officers to stamp a visa into your passport.

Ho Chi Minh airport transfer service to the downtown

There are many types of transportation to Tan Son Nhat airport for you to choose from. The most popular choices are the airport taxi, bus, and car. 

Tan Son Nhat airport taxi is the fastest and most convenient means of transportation. Travel time is about 5-10 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. You can choose some airport taxis such as Mai Linh, Airport Taxi, Saigon Taxi, etc.; however these taxi companies only operate until 22h only.

If you have a number of luggage and want to save money, you can choose to use the bus service of Tan Son Nhat Airport. There are currently 4 bus routes to Tan Son Nhat airport.

If you are moving from the airport by limousine, please note that the stopping time in front of the station lobby is no more than 3 minutes. In case of longer stop, you park the car at Tan Son Nhat airport car park.

With the above share about procedures at Tan Son Nhat airport, we hope you are confident enough about your trip. Wish you have a happy and safe trip!

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