President Petro Poroshenko’s decree on introducing biometric control at the Ukrainian border starting January 1 has come into force, as it was published in the government newspaper today.
According to the document, the Ukrainian government and the Security Service of Ukraine (the SBU) is to enhance control over all foreigners entering and exiting the country by October 1, paying extra attention to citizens of Russia. They are also to update the list of countries that pose migration risk, in particular, adding Russia to the list.
By November 1, the Ukrainian government is to develop the procedure and order of preliminary notifications about plans of entering the country that are to be sent by citizens of countries that pose risks to Ukraine, and persons without citizenship. Such citizens are also to enter and exit the country with biometric passports.
By December 1, the government is to create centers for giving administrative services near the checkpoints at the border.
And starting January 1, the system of biometric identification and verification of Ukrainian citizens, foreigners, and persons without citizenship at the Ukrainian borders is to start working fully.
As it was reported earlier, Ukraine introduced a 3-stage border crossing procedure for citizens of countries that pose threat.