Article 6.- A foreign correspondent wishing to enter Vietnam for short-term journalistic activities must send his/her application directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the Information and Press Department) or through an overseas diplomatic representative mission of Vietnam at least 15 days prior to his/her scheduled entry.
The application, attached to a curriculum vitae stipulated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must clearly state the purpose, detailed program and projected length of stay in Vietnam.
Only after being granted an entry visa shall the correspondent be allowed to enter Vietnam for journalistic activities.
Article 7.- During his/her stay in Vietnam, a foreign correspondent entering the country for short-term journalistic activities must constantly carry with him/her the "PRESS" permit granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; must work in accordance with the purpose and program already approved in the permit; and at the same time must place himself/herself under the guidance of a specialized Vietnamese agency.
No other form of guidance shall be accepted.
The registered program may be supplemented or changed in terms of time or contents if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so permits.
Article 8.- A foreign news or press agency wishing to establish its bureau(s) in Vietnam must send an application signed by the agency�s head to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The application must supply the essential information about the agency; the name of the bureau(s) to be established in Vietnam; its functions and tasks.
Article 9.- Within 90 days from the date written on the notice permitting the establishment of the resident press office in Vietnam, the requesting foreign news or press agency must send another application signed by the agency’s head to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for permission to send the correspondent(s). The application must clearly state the necessary number of correspondents and the curriculum vitae and a summary history of each correspondent.
Within 30 days after receiving the notice of approval, the correspondent(s) of the bureau(s) must go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to present the letter of appointment by the managing news or press agency and receive the permit to establish the bureau(s) in Vietnam from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If the foreign news or press agencies and foreign correspondents fail to complete all the procedures within the time limit defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article, the permit to establish the bureau(s) and accept correspondent(s) shall be automatically invalidated.
Article 10.- When the need arises to replace a correspondent(s) or change the number of correspondents, the press bureau(s) must notify the Ministry of Foreign Affairs thereof at least 15 days in advance and must complete all necessary procedures defined in this Regulation concerning the application to send correspondents for journalistic activities in Vietnam.
Article 11.- The resident press bureau is allowed to employ a technical staff in service of its professional activities.
When the foreign correspondent works in Vietnam, his/her next of kin including parents, spouse and children are allowed to reside in Vietnam in accordance with the current law of Vietnam.
The technical staff and the correspondents� next of kin shall not be entitled to enjoy the correspondent’s status and must observe the current laws and regulations of Vietnam.
Article 12.- A foreign correspondent in Vietnam shall be issued a "Foreign Correspondent Card" by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs valid for six months. If the card holder wishes to continue to work as a correspondent in Vietnam, he/she must fill out the procedures for an extension not later than 15 days before the card expires.
Article 13.- In order to perform the journalistic activities defined in this Regulation, the correspondent must send a request for each activity to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at least 5 days in advance and shall perform the activity only after being granted the "press activity permit" by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Article 14.- The resident press bureaus and the foreign resident correspondents in Vietnam are allowed to rent offices and hire Vietnamese nationals to work in the offices through a specialized Vietnamese agency in accordance with the current law of Vietnam.
Article 15.- The resident press bureaus and the foreign resident correspondents in Vietnam who want to hire collaborators must abide by the current provisions of Vietnamese law. The collaborator-hiring contract must be registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Article 16.- The resident press bureaus must notify the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of their closure at least 30 days in advance and return the establishment permit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The foreign correspondent must notify in writing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of his/her exit not later than 15 days before the end of his/her working term and departure from Vietnam; and must return the "foreign correspondent card" to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before leaving Vietnam.
Article 17.- With regard to foreign correspondents accompanying the delegations defined in Items 4 and 5, Article 2 of this Regulation, the hosting agency should fill the necessary procedures with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Article 18.- For their professional activities, foreign correspondents based in Vietnam or entering the country for short-term journalistic activities are allowed to carry the necessary equipment such as cameras, video recorders and audio recorders... The carrying of such equipment in and out of Vietnamese territory must conform with the current law and other regulations of Vietnam.
Where the persons or agencies defined in this Article have the need to carry, install or use devices to receive and transmit news and pictures via satellites, they must ask for permission and consent of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Vietnam Post General Department.
Article 19.- Only with the permit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can press products like films, pictures, video tapes and audio tapes... produced by foreign correspondents based in or entering Vietnam for short-term mission under the program already registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs be carried out of Vietnam.
Article 20.- Foreign correspondents entering Vietnam as tourists or to visit their next of kin must not carry out journalistic activities. In special cases, the consent of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is required.