Flying to Phu Quoc is the most convenient way to get to the island, with at least 10 daily flights direct from Tan Son Nhat Airport – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and the capital city of Hanoi. Flight time is approx 40minutes and cost at time of writing is US$40 one-way (plus a small booking fee). Indirect flights from Ho Chi Minh City via Rach Gia are also available on most days.
Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar and VietJet Air fly are 3 commercial airlines which currently flies to the island. In recent years during the peak season additional flights have been scheduled (up to 15 flights per day) to ease the high demand for seats, so if you plan on visiting during the months of January or February and weekends or public holidays like Chinese New Year (TET) in particular, it is worthwhile booking early if you intend to fly, as seats can sell out far in advance.
Phu Quoc International airport is located in Duong To and became operational on December 2, 2012. There is a wide variety of transport options available on arrival, the majority of resorts have organised airport pick up services as these are located south of Duong Dong Town following Long Beach, and for others, taxi’s or motorbikes are available or some guest houses and hotels will offer free transport to their establishments.
Travelling to Phu Quoc by boat, ferry, hydrofoil and cruise liner is becoming a popular option as the number of tourists visiting the island increases each year. With continued development of the port facilities on Phu Quoc, more services will become available in the years to come. There are currently a variety of services available between the Vietnamese mainland and Phu Quoc Island, running frequent daily services. Less regular international services are also available from time to time, though it is worth checking beforehand with the specific companies. We provide a summary below of the services and schedules currently available to Phu Quoc Island ports.
Services generally take around 2:30 hours from Rach Gia and 1:15 hours from Ha Tien, with most vessels docking at An Thoi Port, though some services also dock at Duong Dong port. Minibus and motorbike taxi connections are available on arrival in An Thoi, if travelling onto Duong dong, long beach or any of the resorts or hotels on the island.
The best time to Travel by sea is during the dry season when seas are calm (late October to May), as seas are rougher during the monsoon season (June – September). Check our climate and weatherpage for more weather related information.
Vietnamese authorities continue to improve the visa procedures to make it more straightforward for travellers. It is recommended that you obtain a visa prior to your arrival in Vietnam unless you belong to a country that is exempt (15 days)
All visitors must obtain Vietnam visa prior to entry into Vietnam, with the exception of the following countries which are exempt from requiring a visa when they enter, exit or stay. As of November 2014, foreigners who fly directly to Phu Quoc island (via Siem Reap, Singapore etc) no longer requires Visa.
• Citizens of Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and Laos holding valid ordinary passports are exempt from visa requirements and are allowed to stay for not more than 30 days.
• Citizens of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Japan and South Korea holding different kinds of passports are exempt from visa requirements and are allowed to stay for not more than 15 days
It is possible to avoid embassy queues and obtain a visa on arrival at either of the international airports at Hanoi (Noibai), Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat) or Danang. You need to have an Approval Letter from Vietnam Department of Immigration to be able to get a visa on arrival. Some travel agents can organise this for a fee. The validity of the visa on arrival is 30 days, which can be extended after entering Vietnam.