A man holds Vietnam’s new passport in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Minh
Finland has said it will recognize Vietnam’s new passport as long as it contains information on holders’ place of birth.
His foreign ministry said he decided to accept the new passport if his birthplace information was added manually and officially stamped, the Vietnamese embassy in Finland said on Friday.
The Finnish embassy in Hanoi had warned on August 11 that it would stop issuing visas to holders of the new passports.
Earlier, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic announced that they would no longer issue visas to holders of the new Vietnamese passport because it did not include the place of birth.
On August 19, the German Embassy requested that this information be completed.
France and the UK said they had no problem with the new passport.
Those preparing to apply for a U.S. visa must write their place of birth information in application forms and bring documents proving their place of birth to interviews.
Public Security Minister To Lam said that while birthplace information would be added to the new passport to make it convenient for users, it is not an absolute requirement under the regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
It is also not mandated by law on entry and exit of Vietnamese citizens, he said.
The new passport has been issued since July 1 this year.