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Vietnam set to begin issuing chip-based passports from March 1

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security will begin issuing passports with electronic chips for Vietnamese people from March 1 this year, the local media reported.

The chip-based passport is similar to the newly designed one issued from July 1, 2022. However, it will have an e-chip attached to its back cover, which stores encrypted and biometric information about the passport holder and the issuer’s signature to facilitate travel and strengthen immigration management.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, this type of passport is hard to be forged and can help the holder avoid the risk of being tracked.

The Immigration Department will issue chip-based ordinary passports for Vietnamese people aged 14 years or above from the beginning of March this year.

Those with an ordinary passport without an electronic chip can continue using it until expiration.

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