Sam Nguyen

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Asia > Vietnam > Hanoi > Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport > Useful Info
Submitted on Sep 03, 2019 Useful Info

How long it takes to clear customs and immigration at Hanoi International Airport

  • The amount of time it takes for foreigners to clear customs and immigration at Noi Bai varies throughout the day depending on how many flights are landing
  • From my experience, I would say the average time to clear customs and immigration is 45 minutes
  • If you're lucky (like arriving early in the day), you can clear in as little 15-20 minutes
  • But I've also experienced the opposite, where it took me 1.5 hours to clear. Reading other online responses it seems like it has taken some people 2.5 hours to clear, although I'd say this is extremely rare
  • Of course, all these times is assuming you have all your Visa-on-Arrival or eVisa documents ready and complete. If your documents are not in order, it can easily take you another 30min-90min of paperwork time
  • If you have a tight connection, there are some other times you need to keep in mind:
  • Time to claim your baggage: chances are by the time you've cleared customs and immigration your luggage should be waiting for you, but to be safe budget 10-15 minutes for this.
  • Terminal transfer time: international arrivals are all in terminal 2, and domestic flights are all in terminal 1. There's a free shuttle that runs every 10-20 minutes, and takes about 5 minutes to get to the other terminal