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Article 28. Invalidation of lost passports that remain valid

Article 28. Invalidation of lost passports that remain valid

  1. The invalidation of a diplomatic passport or an official passport is prescribed as follows:

a/ The agency directly managing the passport holder shall send a notice of passport loss as soon as possible to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an agency authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or an overseas Vietnamese representative mission, whichever is more convenient;

b/ Within 1 working day after receiving the notice, the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, agency authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or overseas Vietnamese representative mission shall invalidate the passport and send a notice thereof, made according to a provided form, to the notice-sending agency and the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security, and the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in case the mission’s system is not yet connected with the national database on exit and entry of Vietnamese citizens.

  1. The invalidation of an ordinary passport is prescribed as follows:

a/ Within 48 hours after detecting that his/her passport is lost, the passport holder shall directly submit or send his/her report on passport loss, made according to a provided form, to the immigration office which is convenient, the nearest public security office or the immigration control office at the border gate or an overseas Vietnamese representative mission which is convenient. In case of a force majeure reason, the time limit for submission or sending of such a report may be extended but the force majeure reason must be clearly explained in the report;

b/ Within 1 working day after receiving the report on passport loss, the report-receiving agency shall send a notice, made according to a provided form, to the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security and the passport holder. Within 1 working day after receiving the notice, the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security shall invalidate the passport.