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 begins issuing biometric passports with plans to issue 2.5 million every year

Ukraine began issuing biometric passports this week, as Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk unveiled plans to issue 2.5 million passports every year, according to a report by Interfax Ukraine. The move has been a long time coming, with the Ukraine State Migration Service announcing back in early 2013 its plans to complete all the work required to issue biometric passports by 2016. “Ukraine is currently at the second stage of preparations for the introduction of a visa-free regime with the EU,”

Ukrainian government to procure 600 terminals to aid in biometric passport rollout

The Ukrainian government has announced it is procuring 600 terminals to issue biometric passports, to which they are allocating roughly $10 million (150 million Ukrainian Hryvnia), in an effort to rollout biometric international passports over the next two months. Ukraine’s current leader, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said in a statement this week that the biometric passport system will be rolled out by the end of January. He said the previous enrollment system, which was overseen by the State Migration Service was too

European Home Affairs Commissioner applauds Ukraine visa liberalizations talks

The European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström has issued a statement applauding visa liberalization dialogues in the Ukraine, which includes document security and biometrics. At the moment, Eastern Ukraine is in turmoil and control of the Crimean Peninsula between Russia and Ukraine has led to significant violence in the region. Malmström’s statements are unrelated to these events in East Ukraine. “Ukraine’s path towards visa liberalization is moving ahead. Over the past few months the Ukrainian authorities have made important efforts

Ukraine inches closer to biometric passport production

Production for biometric passports in Ukraine could begin as soon as this year, though some uncertainty around funding persists. Reported in, the comments about the country’s biometric passports come from Mykola Kovalchuk, chairman of the State Migration Service. “Everything depends on funding,” Kovalchuk said. The Ukraine State Migration Service has previously announced plans to complete all the work required to issue biometric passports in the country by 2016 and the project – at the time – was estimated to