From January 1, Ukraine introduces bio-metric control at the border

President Petro Poroshenko told how citizens of countries threatening Ukraine will cross the state border

From January 1, 2018, Ukraine introduces rules for crossing the border for citizens from countries that may pose a threat to Ukraine, on biometric passports. This was announced by President Petro Poroshenko during his communication with journalists during his working trip to the Kharkov region, his press service reported .

Poroshenko noted that “in the next few hours” the corresponding decision of the National Security and Defense Council should be promulgated.

The list of countries whose citizens will cross the border under the new rules is approved by the Cabinet.

Now the system of fixing biometric data at the checkpoints through the state border is being accelerated. Also, the capacity of existing centers for the provision of administrative services and the construction of new ones will be expanded, first of all, near checkpoints of entry and exit.

According to the president, the procedure will be held in three stages. The first – a person can submit a preliminary notification that he is going to Ukraine and cross the border, respectively – the database and border guards will be ready for this. The second is the direct fixation of data at the border, a biometric passport, or biometric data, and the third is the fixation of the person in the place where he plans to stay.

“In conditions when the country is the object of military aggression by the Russian Federation, this practice is fully justified,” Poroshenko noted.

According to him, “this will make it possible to fully earn a single national system of biometric verification and identification of citizens of Ukraine, foreigners and stateless persons.”

Earlier, Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said that the introduction of biometric control for foreigners will not have negative consequences for citizens of EU countries, as well as other foreigners who have biometric passports according to IKAO standards.

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