For Chinese e-Passport who want to get a visa for Vietnam.
New biometric passports have been issued by the Chinese government to its citizens since 15 May 2012. This new style of passport is known as an e-passport, with each passport number beginning with the prefix “e”. Compared to the traditional style of passport, the e-passport has a number of features designed to make it easier to use and more secure against possible fraud, including:
1. A microchip containing the digital data of the Chinese citizen, including their photo, fingerprint, and other identifying information;
2. Increased anti-fraud features;
3. A total of 48 pages, including 40 visa pages; and
4. A map of China watermarked on each page.
The map in the e-passport became a source of disagreement between China and several of its neighboring countries, including India, the Philippines and Vietnam. These countries claim that the map included land or maritime areas that fall within their own country’s exclusive territorial jurisdiction. As a result, these countries have placed some restrictions on visa applications and endorsements for e-passports. Indian consulates are not accepting visa applications filed outside China by e-passport holders. Philippine authorities decline to endorse visas onto the e-passport, preferring instead to issue the holder a separate visa document; the Immigration of Vietnam takes the same approach and not accept to grant visa for Chinese e-passports.
Implications for Chinese e-passport holders applying for a visa to Vietnam.
Chinese e-passport holders should be generally cautioned that if they apply for visas from outside of China, they may be asked to return to the country to apply.
Alternatively, Chinese e-passport holders who plan to Vietnam via airport, they can contact a travel agent in Vietnam for support and will be issued a separate visa document for entering Vietnam (known ask loose-leaf visa) instead of having the usual visa label stamped on their e-passports.
Contac us at email@example.com to get a visa approval letter for getting visa on arrival at the international airports of Vietnam if you are Chinese e-passport holders.
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