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Finland third EU country to suspend recognition of Vietnam’s new passports

The embassy of Finland in Hanoi said the reason for the non-recognition is due to the lack of place of birth on the new passports.
Helsinki City. — Photo DiscoveringFinland.com

The new Vietnamese passports with a navy blue cover, issued from the beginning of July 1, 2022, do not contain information of the place of birth of the passport holder (province/city), “which is a requirement for personal identification and also for processing of Finnish visa/residence permit applications,” the Embassy of Finland in Hanoi said in a statement.

Therefore, Finland has decided to temporarily suspend recognition of Vietnam’s new passports.

“The Embassy of Finland will not receive applications for visa/residence permit of holders of the new passport until further notice from competent authorities of Finland. The Embassy will provide information in case of any changes,” the announcement continued.

Finland will actively work with member states of EU, Schengen and Vietnam to find solutions for the matter, the embassy noted.

Earlier in July, Germany and the Czech Republic also took issues with the omission of place of birth on the new passports, saying that would make it difficult for immigration authorities to properly verify the identity of the passport holders.

The UK and France however expressly stated that they would continue to accept Vietnam’s new passports.

Spain, after an initial rejection, also accepted the new passports, but required visa applicants to present their valid Vietnamese identity card (which has place of birth information). The embassy warned that this visa will not allow entry into Schengen countries which don't accept the passports however.

The Ministry of Public Security, while insisting that the new passports comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) technical standards, has relented by saying it would add the field for place of birth in the appendix of the passport for those who request it.

Explaining why the new passport doesn’t contain information about the place of birth, Minister of Public Security To Lam said ICAO did not designate other information like the place of birth as mandatory. According to the Law on Exit and Entry of Vietnamese Citizens, information in passports also doesn’t include the place of birth.

In the long term, the ministry could revise the design of the passport and add the place of birth on the main page.

So far, the ministry has granted 272,000 new passports.

Source: VNS

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