Ukrainian border guards collecting biometric data from international travelers

According to a State Border Guard Service statement, Ukraine has begun to collect biometric data from foreigners at the country’s border control points in an effort to ensure Ukraine’s state security, strengthen the control over the entry and the departure of foreigners and better monitor their compliance under the country’s rules-of-stay.

Ukrainian border guards are collecting fingerprints from international travelers entering Ukraine and checking passports against several databases, including Interpol.

The checks are compulsory for citizens from 71 countries in Ukraine’s list of the states with a high migration risk, and selective for other travelers.

Leaders of foreign states, members of parliamentary and government delegations, children, cruise tourists, members of vehicle crew, diplomatic staff and officials of international organizations are exempt from checks.

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