Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien and his Japanese counterpart Nobutaka Machimura exchanged diplomatic notes to this effect in Tokyo, on March 8th.
Vietnamese and Japanese diplomatic and official passport holders will be exempted from visa requirements as of May 1st.
1. Vietnamese and Japanese citizens who hold valid diplomatic or official passports entering Japan and Vietnam to implement diplomatic, consular missions or the Government’s official tasks and their family members living with them in the same household and also holding diplomatic or official passports are exempted from entry visa with no concern about their period of stay.
2. Vietnamese and Japanese citizens who hold valid diplomatic or official passports entering Japan and Vietnam for the purposes different from that mentioned in Article 1 are exempted from entry visa and permitted to stay within 90 days.
3. The entry visa exemption mentioned in Article 2 does not apply for those who enter the country to look for a job, ask for permanent residence, do professional work or other jobs, and participate in money-making public entertainment activities (including sports).
4. The exemption will take effect on May 1, 2005.