Cases of revocation and cancellation of passports in Vietnam 2023

Cases of revocation and cancellation of passports in Vietnam 2023
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What are the cases of revocation and cancellation of passports in Vietnam 2023? - Xuan Linh (HCMC, Vietnam)

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1. Cases of revocation and cancellation of passports in Vietnam 2023

In Article 27 of the Law on Entry and Exit of Vietnamese Citizens 2019, the cases of revocation and cancellation of passports are as follows:

(1) Cancel a valid but lost passport

(2) Revoke and cancel passports of persons subject to renunciation, denaturalization or annulled decision on naturalization of Vietnamese nationality.

(3) Revoke and cancel valid diplomatic passports and service passports if holders are no longer eligible for use thereof.

(4) Revoke and cancel passports issued to persons specified in Clause 1 Article 21 of the Law on Entry and Exit of Vietnamese Citizens 2019.

2. Regulations on cancellation of valid and lost passports in Vietnam

In Article 28 of the Law on Entry and Exit of Vietnamese Citizens 2019, the cancellation of valid and lost passports is as follows:

2.1. Cancellation of diplomatic passports and service passports in Vietnam 

Cancellation of diplomatic passports and service passports is prescribed as follows:

Step 1:

Supervisory authorities of persons issued with diplomatic passports and service passports shall submit written notice on loss of passports as soon as possible to consular missions of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, agencies assigned to Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue passports or Vietnam representative offices located overseas of choice;

Step 2:

Within 1 working day from the date on which the notice on lost passport is received, consular missions of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, agencies assigned by Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue passports or Vietnam representative offices located overseas shall

- Cancel passports and inform bodies submitting the notice, immigration authorities of Ministry of Public Security,

- Consular missions of Ministry of Foreign Affairs using templates in case such entities have not connected to the National database for entry and exit of Vietnamese citizens.

2.2. Cancellation of regular passports in Vietnam

Cancellation of regular passports is prescribed as follows:

Step 1: Within 48 hours from the moment on which regular passports are found to be lost, original holders of such passports shall submit notice on loss of passports in person or in written form to immigration authorities of choice, the nearest police departments or entities supervising entry and exit at border checkpoints or Vietnam representative offices located overseas of choice.

In case of force majeure, deadline for submission or sending of notice of loss may be longer but reasons thereof must be specified in such documents;

Step 2:  Within 1 working day from the date on which notice on loss of regular passports, accepting agencies are responsible for informing immigration authorities of Ministry of Public Security and persons submitting the notice using defined templates.

Step 3: Within 1 working day from the date on which the notice is received, immigration authorities of Ministry of Public Security shall cancel the passports.

3. Restoration of regular passports in Vietnam 

Article 32 of the Law on Entry and Exit of Vietnamese Citizens 2019 stipulates the restoration of regular passports as follows:

- A passport that is found to be intact and containing valid visas issued by foreign countries after being cancelled due to being lost domestically shall be considered for restoration.

Step 1: A person applying for restoration of passports shall fill in the application form, attach the passports and submit to immigration authorities of Ministry of Public Security or immigration authorities of provincial police of choice.

Step 2: Assigned persons are responsible for receiving, examining, comparing information in the application forms with information in the passports and issuing notice of results collection date.

- Restoration of regular passports shall be conducted at immigration authorities of Ministry of Public Security.

Step 3: Within 3 working days from the date on which the application is received, immigration authorities of Ministry of Public Security shall return restored passports to the applicant; in case of rejection, respond in written form and state reasons therefor.

Within 5 working days from the date on which the application is received, immigration authorities of provincial police shall return restored passports to the applicant; in case of rejection, respond in written form and state reasons therefor.

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