The Vietnamese government has moved to address concerns about new passports it began issuing earlier this summer.

Key Points:

  • Vietnamese authorities began issuing a new version of the country’s passport on July 1.
  • Following the passport’s introduction, several EU countries, including the Czech Republic, Finland and Germany, barred Vietnamese nationals holding the new passport from entering the country because the passport did not include passport holders’ place of birth.
  • In response, Vietnamese authorities stated that they would add the place of birth in the appendix of passports upon request from the applicant.

BAL Analysis: Vietnamese nationals may face difficulty entering some EU countries if they hold the new version of the Vietnam passport. Those who do not have their place of birth listed on their passport and are intending to travel internationally should work with authorities to have their place of birth added to the new passport.

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