THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 99/2002/TT-BTC
Hanoi, October 25, 2002
 
CIRCULAR
GUIDING THE REGIME OF COLLECTION, REMITTANCE, MANAGEMENT AND USE OF FEES TO BE APPLIED AT THE FOREIGN-BASED VIETNAMESE DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS AND CONSULATES
Pursuant to the National Assembly Standing Committee’s Charge and Fee Ordinance No. 38/2001/PL-UBTVQH10 of August 28, 2001;
Pursuant to Decree No. 189/HDBT of June 4, 1992 of the Council of Ministers (now the Government) detailing the implementation of the Consular Ordinance;
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 57/2002/ND-CP of June 3, 2002 detailing the implementation of the Charge and Fee Ordinance;
Pursuant to the Prime Minister’s Official Dispatch No. 398/CP-KTTH of May 14, 2002 on the mechanism of using the overseas consular fee;
The Finance Ministry hereby guides the regime of collection, remittance, management and use of fees to be applied at the foreign-based Vietnamese diplomatic missions and consulates (hereinafter referred collectively to as the consular fee), as follows:
I. APPLICATION SCOPE AND FEE PAYERS
1. Application scope: This Circular shall only apply from its effective date till the end of December 31, 2005. As from January 1, 2006, there will be specific guidance.

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2. Fee payers:
Vietnamese and foreign organizations and individuals, that are provided services in the State management domain at their own requests or under the provisions of law by the foreign-based diplomatic missions or consulates of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, shall have to pay the fees
3. The consular fee shall not be collected in the following cases:
a/ Foreigners being guests (including their accompanying spouses and/or children) invited by the Party, the National Assembly, the State and the Government or by the leaders of the Party, the National Assembly, the State and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in their personal capacity.
Vietnam but have unilaterally given visa fee exemption to Vietnamese citizens bearing diplomatic, official or general passports, shall also be exempt from the visa fee on the principle of reciprocity.
 

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