The front cover of a contemporary Vietnamese passport
|Type of document||Passport|
|Eligibility requirements||Vietnam citizenship|
Vietnamese passports are issued to citizens of Vietnam to facilitate international travel.
For passport application Vietnamese citizens have to apply at the Provincial Immigration Department. This requires an Identification Card and four passport photos.
The Vietnamese passport is one of the cheapest in the world in terms of processing fees. As of 2017, the cost is 200,000 VND; approximately US$9.
In 2019 Vietnamese citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 57 countries and territories, ranking the Vietnamese passport 72nd (2019) in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index.
Vietnamese passport allows its bearer to stay up to 30 days visa-free mostly in ASEAN countries. Otherwise, Vietnamese passport holders need to apply for visa in advance to gain entry to any other developed nations.
A current Vietnamese passport contains 48 pages and 2 bright green cover pages. The cover is described by Vietnamese and English respectively, it makes Vietnamese passport become the only one passport which do not use French as description language in the former French Indo-China states when Laotian and Cambodian passport have the French description in cover.
On the back of the front cover, there is a note from Vietnamese Government addressed to the authorities of all other states:
|This passport remains the property of Socialist Republic of Vietnam and is issued to a Vietnamese citizen only.
This passport is valid for all countries unless otherwise endorsed.
The Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam requests all competent authorities concerned to allow the bearer of this passport to pass freely and to afford him/her such assistance and protection as may be necessary.
The second page provides data of the passport bearer (visual inspection zone) and a machine readable zone:
2. Code (VNM)
3. Passport N°
4. Full name (No separate between First name and Last name)
5. Nationality (VIỆT NAM/VIETNAMESE)
6. Date of birth
7. Place of birth
9. ID card N°
10. Date of issue
11. Date of expiry
12. Place of issue
13. Machine readable zone
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