Article 24. Management of diplomatic passports and official passports
- The competent agencies or persons specified in Article 11 of this Law or agencies or persons authorized to manage diplomatic passports and official passports shall:
a/ Manage diplomatic passports and official passports of cadres, civil servants, public employees, officers and professional military personnel in the People’s Army and People’s Public Security forces, and persons engaged in cipher work under their management;
b/ Manage diplomatic passports and official passports of their relatives as specified in Clauses 13 and 14, Article 8; and Clause 5, Article 9, of this Law, who accompany or pay visits to them during their terms of office and whom they shall manage.
- Order and procedures for management of a diplomatic passport or official passport are as follows:
a/ Making a book to monitor the handover and receipt of the passport and ensuring absolute safety for the passport when kept at the passport-managing agency;
b/ Handing over the passport to the holder who has an assignment decision to go abroad on a working trip. Signatures of the persons that hands over and receives the passport are required;
c/ Forwarding the passport to the new passport-managing agency or person when the passport holder is transferred to a new working position;
d/ Notifying in writing the competent agency or person of the passport holder’s intentional failure to return the passport to the passport-managing agency or person or his/her use of the passport in contravention of law;
dd/ Immediately notifying in writing the passport-issuing agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security of the loss or damage of the passport;
e/ Transferring the passport to the passport-issuing agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for invalidation in case the passport holder is no longer eligible for a diplomatic passport or official passport;
g/ Reporting to a competent agency for handling a violation being the improper use or management of the passport.