Biometric passports to be issued in Ukraine from January 12 – Yatseniuk

The issuing of biometric passports will start in Ukraine on Monday, January 12.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said this at the beginning of a government meeting on Friday.
“Ukraine will start issuing biometric passports, which will meet international standards, from January 12. This is one of the key conditions for Ukrainians to travel to Europe without a visa,” Yatseniuk said.
He said that 35 terminals that will produce about 30,000 biometric passports within a month had currently been installed. At the same time, 606 points for issuing biometric passports should start operating from February 15, he added.
“By the end of the year we will reach the figure of 2.5 million passports a year, whereas only 1.5 million passports a year are issued now,” he said.
At the same time, he noted that all ordinary foreign passports would remain valid.
In addition, the prime minister said that passports valid for four years would be issued to children in Ukraine, instead of travel documents.

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