Prague (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in the Czech Republic will add an annotation on the holders’ place of birth inside new passports if Vietnamese citizens need it, according to Ambassador Thai Xuan Dung.
The move came after the Czech Embassy in Hanoi sent an official note to the Foreign Ministry’s consular department, refusing to recognize new-style Vietnamese passports that have navy blue covers from July 1, 2022.
Dung said the embassy is actively coordinating with Vietnamese authorities, working with the Czech side to resolve the issue.
According to an announcement issued by the Embassy on August 2, it will add a place of birth annotation to page 4 of new passports to facilitate Vietnamese holders to apply for visa extension or other public administrative services in Czech.
Holders of passports issued before Aug. 2 can visit the embassy to add endorsements and receive them the same day, Dung said.
By the end of July, the Vietnamese Embassy in the Czech Republic had issued about 50 new style passports to Vietnamese citizens, mainly for newborn babies and those who have lost their passports, Dung said.
Czech Republic is among three European countries to refuse recognition of Vietnam new passports. The others are Germany and Spain.
Meanwhile, most countries in the world still recognize the new version of the Vietnamese passport.
In order to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese citizens to work, study and travel abroad, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are working with partners from Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic to solve technical problems.
During the government’s regular press conference on August 3, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Security, Lt. Gen. To An Xo, announced that the ministry has decided to allow the addition of annotations on the place of birth on the new passports./.