Vietnam plans ePassport by 2020


A new ePassport system has been detailed in a new draft law on the entry and exit of Vietnamese citizens that the public security ministry completed earlier this week, reports local media.

Article 7 of the draft law says new biometric passports (or e-passports) – including official, diplomatic and ordinary passports – will be embedded with a microchip that stores the holder’s personal information, fingerprint scans, ID photo and a digital signature from the issuing agency, reports Saigon Online.

The public security ministry said that while the Government previously approved the project to produce and issue ePassports to Vietnamese citizens, the bill was necessary because there was no legal document regulating the process.

The bill, with 39 articles arranged into seven chapters, will take effect in July 2020 if the National Assembly chooses to adopt it.

The draft law also seeks to replace the current travel document (giay thong hanh) with temporary passports, which would expire after one year and serve the same purpose as ordinary passports. They would be used when a Vietnamese citizen wants to travel to a foreign country while their passport is lost or expired, or else leaves a foreign country (either voluntarily or forcibly) when the host country does not allow residency.

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