The time it takes to unlock a safe varies based on the type of safe and the experience of the safe locksmith. Every safe varies by design and it is becoming a popular practice for many safes to have additional safety features. These features are put in place to make valuables more secure. Due to these factors, a safe lockout can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. The safe locksmith will let you know how long they expect the process to last. We implore you to be patient with them while they work to get you back into your safe.