Germany to issue visas for new Vietnamese passport with birthplace information

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German authorities have changed their stance on Vietnam’s new passport, announcing that the country will issue visas to holders of Vietnamese passports covered in dark blue after it will now include birthplace information.

Such a decision was confirmed by the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany, reports Schengen VisaInfo.com.

Meanwhile, he said the German Federal Foreign Office issued a notification on Monday stressing that Germany would start issuing visas for holders of the new Vietnamese passport as long as it added additional information regarding the location. of birth in the notes section.

In addition, the German Foreign Ministry also praised the Vietnamese authorities’ quick solutions to this problem.

Earlier, German authorities announced that they were refusing to issue visas to holders of new Vietnamese passports.

According to the announcement from the German Embassy in Vietnam, Vietnamese citizens holding a dark blue cover passport instead of the traditional green passport would not be eligible to apply for a C or D visa to enter Germany.

The type C visa is a short-stay Schengen visa for Germany, allowing travelers to stay in this country for 90 days. At the same time, all persons who plan to stay in this country for a period of more than 90 days are required to apply for a type D visa.

Such a decision has led specialist travel agencies in the European market to cancel tours or modify their itinerary at the last minute following the announcement by the German authorities to refuse to grant visas to holders of new Vietnamese passports.

In addition, Pham Duy Nghia, director of Hanoi-based tour operator Vietfoot Travel, pointed out that his business was heavily affected by the German government’s announcement.

“Currently, we have canceled visits to Europe for dozens of tourists holding the new passports, and the damage is very serious,” Nghia told VnExpress International on Thursday afternoon.

As in Germany, Spanish authorities have also announced that they are now accepting new Vietnamese passports as part of a reversal decision. The Spanish Embassy in Vietnam confirmed the decision in a statement.

Vietnam’s new passport has sparked controversy among European countries. Recently, Czech authorities announced that they will not recognize Vietnam’s new passport because they believe it does not meet the technical standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“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 the other member countries of the European Union (EU) to stop recognizing it. the Czech Embassy pointed out in this regard.

While some countries like France and the United Kingdom have confirmed that they will continue to issue visas to holders of new Vietnamese passports, Finland has become the latest European country to announce that it does not recognize the blue-covered passport. dark.

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