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Updated on Jan 05, 2020 Useful Info

Detail maps of Tan Son Nhat Airport

Tan Son Nhat International Airport (IATA: SGN, ICAO: VVTS), is the largest airport in Vietnam. It is located 4 mi (6 km) north of the center (District 1) of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Tan Son Nhat International Airport operates from two terminal buildings – Domestic Terminal 1 and International Terminal 2. The new international terminal opened in September 2007 with a capacity of 8 to 10 million passengers per year, giving the airport a total capacity of 15-17 million passengers per year.

Below is the most detail maps of Tan Son Nhat airport for you to check out prior to going to the airport. There are also regulations to follow. Please take a few minutes to check it out. Up on arrival, you can buy 4G SIM card or catch a taxi right inside the airport. There are several options for you to choose but SASCO Travel is the one highly recommended. You can book online and pickup later.



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Arrival regulations


Depending on your purpose of stay and nationality, a visa may be required, so please check in advance.

If you need to apply for a visa

Please read this careful: 2020 guidance of Getting Visa On Arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)

  • It is possible to apply for a visa upon arrival, but only if you have obtained a visa acquisition approval beforehand. (However, it can be inconvenient to obtain a visa upon arrival, so we recommend obtaining one in advance.)
  • If you do not have a visa, you will be subjected to forced repatriation (deportation).

Vietnam visa exemption for Japanese and some other countries passport holders

  • There are several conditions attached to traveling without a visa, including being in possession of a return ticket or e-ticket receipt.
  • Please contact the Vietnamese embassy for further information.


After collecting your checked baggage, please proceed to the Customs counter. Passengers with items to declare must complete a customs declaration form and hand it to a customs official along with their passport. If there are any omissions on the form, you may be questioned by the official. Please be aware that checks on precious metals, cameras, and videos are particularly strict. All baggage will be X-rayed. If you are making a foreign currency declaration, please accurately record the currency type and amount (only required if you have US$5,000 equivalent or more, including gold, silver, precious stones, etc.). Communications equipment cannot be brought in without obtaining prior permission from the Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications.


Prior reservation is necessary if you wish to bring your pet, as the transportation environment within the aircraft needs to be prepared.

Please also be sure to check with the embassy or quarantine station at your destination for animal quarantine information such as import restrictions and required documentation.


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Departure regulations


Check-in opens 2 hours 30 minutes prior to departure.

  • Please present your ticket and passport at the check-in counter to receive your boarding pass.
  • Checked baggage will be X-rayed after it has been checked in. If the X-ray reveals suspicious items (restricted items, etc.), the baggage will need to be opened for inspection.


After checking in, please go to the Immigration entrance and present your passport and boarding pass to an official.

Your carry-on baggage will then be X-rayed.

  • You may not carry illegal copies of video tapes, CDs, or DVDs. (No video tapes may be taken out of the country without a certificate to show they have already been checked.)
  • You may not take antiques out of the country.


After checking in, please go to the Immigration entrance and present your passport and boarding pass to an official.

It is not a problem if the amount of foreign currency you are taking out of the country is within the declared amount.

  • Unless you make a customs declaration, you may not have more than US$5,000 in your possession.
  • If you have more than US$5,000, please be aware that it may be confiscated.
  • ・ Please show your passport, boarding pass, and the immigration card returned to you upon arrival.

Carry-on baggage Security check

  • After Immigration, passengers are required to undergo security checks at the security checkpoint, where they must also present their carry-on luggage for X-ray.