Citizens’ rights to be ensured: Ministry hinh anh 1Processing procedures to issue passports to citizens (Photo:
Hanoi (VNA)Vietnamese passports are designed in line with international regulations and practices, and arising problems will be settled in conformity with the law to ensure the interests of citizens, stated leaders of the Immigration Department of Vietnam under the Ministry of Public Security on July 28.

Regarding Germany’s non-recognition of the new passports, authorities said the unilateral move from the German side will be responded through diplomatic channels.

The ministry, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is working with their German counterparts after it was announced that Vietnamese citizens holding new passports will not be issued visas to enter Germany, they added.

In an announcement on July 27, the German Embassy in Vietnam said the reason for the non-recognition of the new passports, which Vietnamese authorities have started to issue from early July (the non-chipped version with serial numbers starting with P), is because they do not have a place of birth (province/city) listed.

The birthplace is inferred through the first three digits of the 12-digit personal identification number of the citizen and can be found by looking through a seven-page document, the embassy said. (For example, an identification number starting with 001 means the citizen’s birth certificate was registered in the capital city of Hanoi, 079 means the person is from HCM City, etc.)

This can make it difficult for the German side to identify the specific locality where Vietnamese citizens were born, especially in the case of minors where ID number has not been granted.

The embassy said the Vietnamese holders of the new passports who have already received visas to Germany should refrain from travelling since they will be denied entry at the border. The embassy will be contacting those individuals, as well as those who are applying for visas, for further support.

Citizens’ rights to be ensured: Ministry hinh anh 2Vietnam’s new navy blue-coloured passport fully meets international standards. (Photo: VNA)
The announcement also specified that Vietnamese citizens with new passports are currently not eligible to apply for a German entry visa (Types C and D).

This policy from the domestic authorities of Germany will be in effect until further announcements, the German embassy noted, adding that the traditional green coloured passport holders or passengers with Schengen residence permits are not affected.

The Immigration Department of Vietnam on July 28, in response, said that Vietnam’s new navy blue-coloured passport fully meets international standards.

The new passport also has electronic chips integrated for looking up information in the archives, so there is no need for fields like the specific birthplace as in the old green passports.

However, it should be noted that the chipped passports are expected to be rolled out from the fourth quarter of 2022, according to the immigration department's earlier announcement.

Talking to Vietnam News Agency, Chu Tuan Duc, Counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy in Berlin, said the embassy has learned of the situation and immediately coordinated with relevant agencies in Vietnam to expedite the resolution.

The embassy has also requested a meeting with representatives of the German Foreign Ministry and the German Federal Police to discuss in detail the issues to find a solution quickly that both sides can accept.

For the cases where new passports have been issued, he suggested everyone stay calm, emphasising that the embassy in Berlin, as well as relevant agencies in Vietnam, will make specific announcements in case adjustments are needed.

The embassy has also posted relevant information on its website and will continue to update it as new information becomes available./.