Finland recognizes new Việt Nam passports with additional birthplace information

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VIETNAM, September 6 – HÀ NỘI — The Finnish Embassy in Hà Nội has announced that the new Vietnamese passport is now recognized by the country as a travel document, with the addition of information on the holder’s place of birth in the observations section of the passport signed and sealed by the competent authorities.

Holders of the new passport can apply for visas and residence permits under the aforementioned conditions, according to the embassy.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Finland said the Finnish Foreign Ministry’s decision was issued on September 2, which coincides with Việt Nam’s National Day.

Finland’s recognition means that only the Czech Republic has temporarily rejected Việt Nam’s new-style passports, which were issued to the general public in July this year with the new navy blue covers.

The absence of the specific place of birth (province/city) on these passports has been the subject of complaints from some European countries, who claim that this omission makes it impossible for immigration authorities to properly verify the identity of the passport holder, resulting in refusal announcements in late July-early August.

Germany and Spain, which had previously suspended recognition of new passports, also said they would accept the documents provided there is additional information about place of birth attached, as this is a mandatory information field when applying for a Schengen visa.

The US says it is reviewing new passports for compliance with national regulations, but urges visa applicants to provide their place of birth anyway to avoid trouble, while France and the UK expressed their acceptance of the new passports.

The Ministry of Public Security said the addition of place of birth to new passports will be done free of charge at the request of citizens, and in the long term, it is working with the relevant authorities, including the National Assembly, the government, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the adaptation of the new passports to take account of this field of information.

In the meantime, the deployment of the new passports will continue as usual. —VNS

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