Vietnam visa on arrival in Noi Bai International Airport

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Vietnam visa on arrival in Noi Bai International Airport

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Noi Bai International Airport, located about 28 miles (45km) north of Hanoi, is the biggest airport in northern Vietnam, serves the capital city Hanoi. It has a chequered history having been first built as a military airbase, which saw service during the Vietnam war as an airbase for the Vietnamese air force. With the war over and the country reunified in 1975, the airport was refurbished and became an international airport for commercial traffic (although still retaining some function as a military air base). In 1995, the Prime Minister officially decided to build the first international terminal at Noi Bai. Terminal one began operation in October 2001 with a total ground area of 90,000m².

Noi Bai International Airport received the superjumbo A380 in September 2007  and at the end of 2007, it was installed an automatic luggage processing system and four passenger bridges, worth $26m, in the original T1 building. The airport has also recently constructed a new Air Traffic Control tower (ATC). The new ATC is located on a 4,500m² site inside the airport development area. Vietnam Airlines invested the finance for the ATC, which was designed by the French company ADPi in conjunction with Archetype of Vietnam consulting on the technical design. The project produced an 88m ATC along with a four-storey technical building with a basement. The tower is 10m in diameter and is fully glass clad.

“Currently, the airport can handle six million passengers annually. In the medium-phase the capacity should be expanded to 12 million passengers a year (2010), to be further increased to 20 million by 2020. Noi Bai Airport has a capacity to handle a maximum of 50 million passengers a year and has area for an additional parallel runway in the south if required. According to the JETRO study team, immediate development at the airport should focus on the construction of T2, which is to be an international four-storey terminal with a total floor area of 90,000m².


Hanoi city bus services 07 and 17 connect Noi Bai Airport with Hanoi’s city-center. The bus stop is just on the right side of the terminal exit. Traveling by bus takes about one hour. However, passengers with oversized luggages are known to be denied boarding. Buses operate from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Airport taxi costs a fixed price for a sedan and toll charges are included in the price. A sign by the taxi stand outside the terminal will show the latest official prices. A taxi to the city-center takes about 40 minutes. Avoid using private drivers with non official taxis: there has been (some scarce) complaints of travelers being brought to desert places and robbed, when using rogue anonymous taxis. Drivers of official taxis always display their license with their photo and name on the taximeter.
There is also the Airport Minibus, which is very convenient but only leaves after it is completely filled. Minibuses and taxis park right in front of the airport exit gate. There are three companies operating several kinds of taxis and minibuses, and they are almost the same in price and service.

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