France will issue visas only to Vietnamese passports including birthplace information from October 17

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From next Monday, October 17, France will no longer accept visa applications to Vietnam from Vietnamese applicants holding a passport that does not contain information on the place of birth.

This decision was announced by the French Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, in a statement posted on its website.

Visa applications submitted to the French Embassy in Hanoi and the French Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City must, from October 17, be accompanied by a passport mentioning the place of birth (in pages two, four or five). All visa applications will be concerned for a short or long stay“, announces the press release.

It also points out that applications already filed will continue to be pressed normally, even for passports that do not contain birthplace information, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

On July 1, 2022, Vietnamese authorities started issuing passports with a new design, which, among other things, did not contain any information about the place of birth of the passport holder.

At the end of July, the German authorities announced that they would not recognize the new blue Vietnamese passports due to the lack of information on the place of birth on these passports and, therefore, they would not issue any type of visas to the holders of these passports.

The German Embassy in Hanoi has issued a statement warning anyone who holds such passports and has ever received a visa to be aware that they may be denied entry to Germany.

If your visa has already been issued, we strongly advise against traveling to Germany. You risk being turned back at the border. We will contact you individually“warned the embassy.

Germany was not alone in this decision, as quite early on the Spanish Embassy in Vietnam announced that Schengen visa applications would not be accepted from Vietnamese citizens holding the new passports until further notice.

The decision was made after Spanish authorities concluded that birthplace information is important for personal identification and also necessary for processing Schengen visa applications. And since the new Vietnamese passport did not contain this information, they were not eligible to be processed for a visa application.

However, quite early, in a U-turn decision, Spain started recognizing these Vietnamese passports at the very beginning of August.

Yet other countries, such as the Czech Republic and Finland, have also refused to issue visas to Vietnamese citizens holding the new passport.

On the contrary, after Germany revealed its decision at the end of July, the French Embassy in Hanoi issued a statement announcing that the French authorities would continue to recognize the new Vietnamese passport and issue visas normally.

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