The Finnish Embassy in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has announced that it will not recognize new Vietnamese passports.
According to the embassy’s announcement, the decision will take effect from today, August 11, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In addition, the statement issued by the Embassy notes that “The new passport does not contain information about the place of birth of the passport holder, which is a requirement for personal identification and also for processing visa/residence permit applications in Finland.”
Following the embassy’s announcement, Finland announced that it has decided to temporarily suspend recognition of Vietnam’s new passport, which has recently sparked controversy among EU countries.
The Embassy also underlined that during this period, Finland will work with the other EU Member States as well as with the countries of the Schengen zone and Vietnam in order to find solutions to the current difficulties faced by the holders of new passports in Vietnam.
Finnish authorities have announced that they have stopped recognizing new Vietnamese passports after they failed to provide information on places of birth.
Recently, the Czech Republic, Germany, as well as Spain were among the countries which announced that they would not recognize new Vietnamese passports, but Spain reconsidered its position, announcing that it now accepts new passports.
The Czech Embassy, in a statement, announced that it would not recognize the new Vietnam passports.
“The new Vietnamese passport issued on July 1 does not meet the technical standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Therefore, the Czech Republic agrees with other member countries of the European Union (EU) to stop recognizing it,” Czechia pointed out in a statement.
At the same time, the French Embassy in Vietnam stressed that it would not recognize the Vietnamese passport.
“The German authorities recently announced that they do not recognize, at this stage, the new passport model issued by the Vietnamese authorities since July 1, 2022, because certain identifying information such as the province of birth no longer appears there. The German authorities therefore do not issue visas (C-, D-) on these new passports.“, revealed the press release.
Vietnamese authorities announced they had started issuing the new passport on July 1, 2022, while an official from the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security told Tuoi Tre newspaper that the country’s new passport meets regulations as well as international practices, despite being criticized for not providing enough detailed information.