I am very happy with all the material I got for my story

Dear Sirs and Madams,

I wanted to let you know that I finished my last interview in An Giang on Friday before heading back to HCMC on Friday night.  I am scheduled to fly out tonight.  The only scheduled event that we were not able to visit was the tour of the feed mill in An Giang.  Evidently the people we needed to talk to were not available.
Otherwise I am very happy with all the material I got for my story.  Mr Quang was incredibly helpful and knowledgable and I feel very lucky to have had his assistance.   I would highly recommend him to any of my journalist colleagues if they are ever planning visits to Vietnam.
Thanks again to both of you for all of your help in getting my press visa approved in a timely manner.  I look forward to sharing the final report with you in late July.
All the best,

Sam Eaton – NPR (USA)

Rami Tzabar – BBC Radio Science Unit

Dear Sirs and Madams,

My thanks for all your help and of course to Giap too. It was a good trip, successful recordings and overall for me and Kevin personally, a very memorable experience.

I’ll inform you when the programmes are ready to go out and send out a link from which you should be able either to download or listen as you please.

Best wishes,

Rami Tzabar – BBC Radio Science Unit

On behalf of CCTV News,

I just want to say a big thank you to everyone for all the help I was given before and during my recent visit to Vietnam, on behalf of CCTV News.

In particular, I would like to thank Mr Quang for his excellent support, organisational and translating skills. He was always punctual, friendly, hard-working and went ‘beyond the call of duty’ to ensure we were able to obtain all the material we needed. The result is that we will be able to accurately and faithfully illustrate affairs in Vietnam to our audience. Mr Quang also helped my cameraman and I with our personal travel plans back to Bangkok, for which we are very grateful.

We successfully completed all five topics we had hoped to cover. I will be sending links to Mr Quang when all of the pieces have been aired.
It was my first visit to Vietnam and I found it truly fascinating and enlightening. I hope to return soon.

With best wishes,

Martin Lowe – CCTV News Bangkok Correspondent

Thanks for the great help of your Ministry and the FPC provided us

Dear Tony(Tuấn Dũng), We arrived yesterday in Seoul, and I think I have slept almost 15 hours straight. I would like to thank you again (you, Eric (Đan Tuấn) and your team) for the great help of your Ministry and the FPC provided us. It was crucial in the smooth process of this very important event. I hope that we will have the chance to work together again in the future.

Warmest regards,

Yoseph Moon Media Relations Officer Foreign Press Center Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Thank you for your great, kind, memorial cooperation

In the name of Asian in Asia Journey Co., Ltd and I am Banphot Uthaiwan (president). On filming trip of Thai television TV3 broadcast, we would like to express our thanks to all of the kindly co-operator

September 30, 2013

Dear our great co-operator

In the name of Asian in Asia Journey Co., Ltd and I am Banphot Uthaiwan (president). On filming trip of Thai television TV3 broadcast, we would like to express our thanks to all of the kindly co-operator. It is our pleasure working with you. Thanks for made the trip went memorable. The trip was great and all of our co-operator was so generous for us. Our client was so delight. We have another great experiences working in Vietnam and you make this trip full of happiness and our client was so happy. Thank you for made Vietnam be one of their good memories. And again we are all truly appreciated having more good friends like you. We will be pleased if we could work together again. More importantly, we have to tell that Vietnam is the most charming country that we will express our feeling to all of the Thai’s people. I trust Vietnam’s sensation of charming will be one of the memories for all of the filming teams and for Thai’s people as well. We hope you will have good health and all of luck will be yours.

Thank you for your great, kind, memorial cooperation.

With our best regard

Asian in Asia Journey Co., Ltd Mr. Banphot Uthaiwan (President of Asian in Asia Journey Co., Ltd)

Dear..!

On behalf of Roots of Peace, I am most grateful to you for facilitating a highly productive visit to Vietnam—turning MINES TO VINES—replacing the minefields with bountiful fresh pepper vines! See www.rootsofpeace.org and click DONATE to view the recent short film produced, as we continue to raise both funds and awareness to benefit the poor/rural farmers in Quang Tri Province, former DMZ. The Vietnamese government was most helpful in both Hanoi and all the various provinces which we personally visited—thank you!

I look forward to closely working with you in the upcoming months, as we prepare for the 40th Anniversary of the end of the war (April 2015) and the 20th year of Normalization between US/Vietnam (July 2015).  Our humanitarian effort clearly demonstrates the ‘true friendship’ between our two countries, as we seek to remove the legacy of war…so that farmers and families may thrive! I look forward to closely working with you in the upcoming months, as we prepare for the 40th Anniversary of the end of the war (April 2015) and the 20th year of Normalization between US/Vietnam (July 2015).  Our humanitarian effort clearly demonstrates the ‘true friendship’ between our two countries, as we seek to remove the legacy of war…so that farmers and families may thrive!

Finally, I remain most grateful to VTV for producing a 45 minute segment featuring our Roots of Peace efforts.  Per your producers, it is scheduled to air later this month to an audience of over 90 million viewers—bringing ‘light’ to our genuine efforts to plant the roots of peace.

With sincere gratitude,

Heidi KuhnFounder/CEO Roots of Peace

Matters wrap up

We had a very successful trip to Vietnam and we hope the BBC can do more good work in the Vietnam in the future.

Many thanks for your support and co-operation and thanks Tuan for all your hard work. I’d like to take this opportunity to provide some feedback on Nguyen Tuan Dung. He was extremely helpful and friendly for the entire week he spent with us. He arranged some fantastic interviews for us at the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange and with a Vietnamese academic about the economy. These interviews were very strong and we are able to lead one of our programmes with them.
He also secured the permits necessary for us to travel to regional provinces, and helped us get access to farmers in the Mekong Delta. This involved some very long days and lots of travel but he never complained. Tuan was also very helpful with translating and voice overs. We enjoyed working with him very much and would recommend him to future news teams visiting Vietnam. He also organised a wonderful driver for us, Mr. Nghia

Vivienne Nunis and Fergus Nicoll
BBC Radio Business

How to apply a Vietnamese press visa?

Before you arrive, we will work closely with Immigration Department (under Ministry of Public Security) to process journalist visa for the filming crew and with airport customs for equipment clearance. After the issuance of journalist visa approval letter, we will send it to the crew by email. Your crew uses this letter to pick up visa at Vietnam embassy in their countries or at the airport upon arrival.

Journalist visa is issued for the same period of film permit, plus 2 days for your arrival and departure. And please remember to book the flight to arrive on time of your visa. The fee for visa stamping is 25$/person. However, depending on your nationality, you may or may not have to pay for visa stamp. If you hold passports of following countries and your stay is not more than 15 days, you are under visa exemption: Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italia, Spain, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar.

Why need Vietnam film permit?

It is regulated by Vietnam law. All foreign production companies, movies studios or TV channels who wish to film in Vietnam must apply for film permit to Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs

It benefits you. Our office will assign at least one film officer/government minder to work closely with your crew to finalize filming plan and to process all needed procedures. Following documents are required: Press Request Form, purpose or synopsis of the shoot, daily shooting schedule, list of equipment, copy of passport.

We also inform local authorities of all shooting locations about the filming. It makes the filming go smoothly. On behalf of the crew, our officer applies for drone permit to Ministry of Defense. Your drone operator needs to provide our officer locations where you want to have drone flight and when you fly it.

One note is that after all submission, it takes at least 7-10 working days to grant all needed permits.

What makes Foreign Press Center different?

Foreign Press Centre is under Vietnam Foreign Ministry’s direct management who directly issues press permits and work with relevant government agencies (Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Public Security, Airport Customs,…)  and with over 35 years of establishment and development, we are confident that we can make your filming in Vietnam goes smoothly

Our press officers are proactive, dedicated, creative and have a can-do attitude. What your team can not bring to Vietnam, we can provide and source, from production manager, cameraman, camera assistant, production assistant, runner, make-up artist,…..to filming equipment and casting service