January 19, 1979
Cable from the Foreign Ministry and Public Security Ministry, 'Notice on the Abrogation of the PRC-Vietnam Visa Free Travel Agreement'
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Fujian Province Telegram Received
Precedence: Especially Urgent
Device No. 23
Serial No. 6
Principal agency responsible: Foreign Affairs Bureau, Public Security Bureau.
Already transmitted to the Standing Committee of the Fujian Provincial Committee, Provincial Revolutionary Office, Political and Legal Affairs Office.
Notice on the Abrogation of the PRC-Vietnam Visa Free Travel Agreement
To the foreign affairs bureaus and public security bureaus of provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions:
Owing to the regular and increasing seriousness of anti-China crazed behavior on the part of Vietnam, we have already notified the Vietnamese side of the abrogation of the agreement eliminating visas and visa fees between our two countries beginning on January 23, 1979.
From now on, all citizens of Vietnam, no matter what type of passport they hold, must have a valid visa issued by the PRC for all travel whether into China, exiting China, or transiting through China.
Handle applications from Vietnam citizens to our visa organs according to visa regulations.
You are also hereby notified that all PRC citizens, no matter whether they are entering Vietnam, transiting through Vietnam, or returning to our country must also arrange ahead of time for the appropriate Vietnam visa.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Public Security
January 19, 1979
Chinese Communist Party Fujian Provincial Committee Office
In light of "anti-China crazed behavior on the part of Vietnam," the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Public Security Ministry have decided to abrogate a visa agreement with Vietnam.
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