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Over 3 million Ukrainians received biometric IDs, - State Migration Service
12:14, 7 April 2017
Over 3 million Ukrainians received biometric IDs, - State Migration Service

The procedure of issuing such IDs, launched in January 2015 lets Ukrainian citizens travel visa-free, provided that the EU approves visa-free regime

12:14, 7 April 2017

Ukraine's State Migration Service

More than 3 million Ukrainians hold biometric passports that let them cross the border and travel across the EU on the visa-free basis. Maksym Sokolyuk, the head of Ukraine’s State Migration Service, reported that during the question hour. It took place at the session of the parliament on April 7.   

‘We started this procedure of issuing biometric passports in January 2015. By our estimates, as of 9 a.m. today, 3,025,129 Ukrainian citizens possess biometric documents for traveling abroad,’  Sokolyuk said.

Previously, on April 6, the European Parliament supported the EU-Ukraine visa free regime; 521 MEPs voted for the respective decision. EU ambassadors are now expected to approve it later this month, and then, the Council of Europe is to confirm the final decision – in May, as expected.

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