Germany gives reasons to stop issuing visas to new Vietnamese passports

The German Embassy said that the new model Vietnamese ordinary passport lacks birthplace information, making it difficult for the check and verification process, so it cannot issue a visa.

The new standard Vietnamese passport, issued from July 1, is temporarily not recognized in Germany and cannot be granted a visa due to lack of information on the place of birth, the German Embassy in Vietnam today announced tell VnExpress.

“Information about the place of birth can only be determined through a 12-digit personal identification number and a comparison with a 7-page list,” the German embassy said. “It is not possible to clearly identify the passport holder without a place of birth, especially due to many cases of the same surname. German authorities cannot find information about the place of birth through an individual identification number in the household. mat”.

German police check passports of passengers at Frankfurt airport on January 24, 2021.  Photo: AP.

German police check passports of passengers at Frankfurt airport on January 24, 2021. Image: AP.

According to the German Embassy, ‚Äč‚Äčthis forces German authorities when checking new Vietnamese passports during immigration control and domestic checks to always have to manually compare them with the list, while not Not every tasker has that list.

The agency added that many passports submitted to the German embassy do not have a personal identification number, mainly those of minors, as well as some passports where the place of birth does not match the place of birth. real birth.

A representative of the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security said on the morning of July 28 that the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would invite a representative of the German side to work to come up with a plan to ensure the interests of citizens.

This representative affirmed that Vietnam’s new passport model has complied with international regulations and practices, and arising issues will be prioritized for handling through diplomatic channels.

Earlier, the website of the German embassy in Vietnam announced that holders of a green-purple ordinary Vietnamese passport according to the new form with a serial number starting with the letter “P” will not be able to apply for a visa. category C or D for entry into Germany. “Your application will not be accepted until further notice,” the German representative said.

German officials have warned those who have been granted a visa in the new passport form not to travel to the country because of the “risk of being refused entry at the border”. According to the instructions of the German domestic authorities, the above regulation will be applied until further notice.

According to the announcement of the German federal police, when the Schengen countries issue short-term visas to Vietnamese citizens holding a new model passport, they must exclude Germany from the visa validity area. New passport holders are not allowed to enter or transit in Germany.

However, holders of old (blue) passports or holders of residence permits in the Schengen area are not affected.

The new model passport, issued by the Ministry of Public Security on July 1, is meticulously designed, on each page are pictures of landscapes, images of national sovereignty, famous cultural heritages such as Ha Long Bay,… Hue Imperial City, Hung Temple, Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary, Nha Rong Wharf, Lung Cu Flagpole…

The passport remains the same size, 88 mm wide, 125 mm long and about 0.75 mm thick, but the color on the cover changes to purplish blue. These innovations contribute to promoting the image of Vietnam to the world and expressing the historical and cultural traditions of the country.

Nguyen Tien

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