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Ukraine introduces biometric control for foreigners entering the country tomorrow

Source : 112 Ukraine

Starting Jan.1 2018, citizens of 71 countries will have to give 5 fingerprints for identification when entering Ukraine and send notice of intending to enter the country in advance
15:06, 31 December 2017

112 Agency

The new system of recording biometric data of foreign citizens will start working at 157 border checkpoints on Jan. 1, 2018, as the Interior Ministry of Ukraine wrote on Facebook.

Starting tomorrow, citizens of 71 countries including Russia will have to give 5 fingerprints for identification when entering Ukraine as well as send notice of intending to enter the country in advance, specifying the aim of the trip.

Related: Ukrainian Border Guard Service shows procedure of biometric control

“We will cover all the stationary checkpoints, while later on - small checkpoints of local importance. These databases allow us to enter the ten countries with the best verification of those who cross the border. Even now Ukraine is in top-10 countries by the number of inquiries and responses with the bases of the Interpol. This will give us a higher guarantee that individuals with criminal intentions won’t enter our country,” Interior Minister Avakov noted.

It’s also noted that the checkpoints bordering with the Donbas conflict zone won’t have biometric control systems, as the citizens from Russia won’t be able to cross the border, if they’re coming from the occupied territory.

The State Border guard Service also noted that the biometric control isn’t needed for the citizens of Ukraine who live in the occupied by Russia Crimea.  

Related: Ukraine tests biometric control on border with Russia

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