Transsexuals are to be allowed sex change operations in Vietnam.

A health ministry official in the country announced today that legislation will be prepared for a gender transition law which would allow a transgender person to become the right gender after medical and psychological tests.

Nguyen Huy Quang told the Agence France Presse news agency, “As written in the Civil Code, people have the right to identify their own sex.

“The new decree would ensure these rights.

“In Vietnam now, sex change is illegal, once this decree comes into force, people will have a chance to change their sex after examinations by doctors who will decide what their actual sex is.”

Last month the country legalised sex changes androgynies.