Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – A series of new government policies on electronic portal passport applications, fully automatic non-stop tolls on the Hanoi-Hai Phong expressway, chip ID fee reduction and abolition of foreign language and IT certificates for medical officers come into effect this month.
A Ministry of Public Security policy that took effect on Wednesday states that the ministry will issue ordinary passports without electronic chips online for Vietnamese citizens.
Vietnamese citizens can access http://dichvucong.gov.vn or http://dichvucong.bocongan.gov.vn to make an online declaration, pay the fees and receive their passports by post or collect them at the offices of immigrants.
The online issuance of ordinary passports is applicable to people residing in the country with a valid smart ID card or a valid 12-digit citizen ID card, a valid account in the government civil service portal and the ability to pay fees online.
People who are unable to apply online can still apply for their passport directly at immigration offices.
This decision aims to provide more comfort to people and promote transparency in public administration.
The granting of ordinary passports through the government e-portal aims to realize the government’s project on the development of population database, electronic identification and electronic authentication for the national digital transformation during the period 2022-25 to serve administrative procedures and the provision of online public services, among others.
Fully automatic non-stop toll collection (ETC) will officially start on the Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway on June 1 under a new policy from the Ministry of Transport.
Vehicles without an ETC tag or without sufficient funds in ETC accounts will be fined if they intentionally enter the freeway.
According to the regulations, drivers of these vehicles will be subject to fines ranging from 2 to 3 million VND (86 to 129 USD) and will have their driving license revoked for one to three months.
The policy granting a 50% discount on smart ID card fees by the Ministry of Finance will be invalid by the end of this month.
Under Ministry Circular No. 112/2020/TT-BTC guiding the collection of a number of fees and charges to support businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnamese citizens are switching from credit cards. 12-digit ID cards or ID cards with barcodes for chip ID cards will only pay 15,000 VND (0.5 USD) – half of the fee stipulated on the flyer.
People will have to pay 25,000 to 35,000 VND (0.9 to 1.3 USD) to have the identity card renewed.
The fees will be doubled from July 1st.
In addition, the Ministry of Health regulation, which requires health workers to hold foreign language and computer skills certificates, will no longer take effect from June 10.
Doctors and nurses are only required to have basic computer skills and to use foreign languages at an appropriate level, depending on the requirements of the professional competence standards of each grade./.