VIETNAM, August 8 –
HCM CITY — The rejection of the new Việt Nam passport by some EU member countries is affecting HCM City’s tourism companies as their clients are unable to travel to those countries.
Issued since July 1, new passports are not accepted for visas from Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic as they do not contain information about the country of birth.
Trần Thanh Vũ, general director of Vinagroup International Travel JSC, said many customers who booked tours in Europe received new passports and could cancel their tours.
According to tourism companies, trips to Europe are increasing and have booked hotels and flight tickets for tour groups.
The countries that refuse to accept the new passports are the main tourist destinations in Europe.
Lại Minh Duy, general manager of TSTourist, said worker newspaper that his company is turning away customers who have the new passport and want to tour countries that do not accept them.
Nguyễn Ngọc Toản, general manager of IMAGE Travel & Event Company, said people with new passports are choosing not to participate in his company’s tours in Europe until early next year.
Nguyễn Quốc Kỳ, chairman of Vietravel Holdings, called on the government to resolve the issue by issuing old-style passports until it resolves it with those countries.
Nguyễn Thị Khánh, chairwoman of the HCM City Tourism Association, said many tourism companies and her association are looking for the problem to be resolved to help the tourism industry recover.
Last Wednesday (August 3), the Ministry of Public Security said it would consider including information about the country of birth in the new passport.
She and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are working with Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic to resolve the issue as soon as possible, the statement said.
The UK and France have said they will accept the new passport for visa purposes.
The Department of Immigration said the new passports were created in accordance with international regulations and practices, particularly International Civil Aviation Organization standards.
The passports of many countries do not have the field for the country of birth, but they are recognized internationally, he emphasized. – VNS
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