Ukraine introduces a new system of biometric control

Ukraine has introduced a new system of biometric control for foreigners entering Ukraine as of January 1, 2018.  It is applicable to citizens of 70 states designated as countries of “migration risk”.

Biometric monitoring systems will operate at 157 international border crossing points, including airports. It allows the Ukrainian security agencies to control the length of foreigners’ stay in the country, it is also connected to INTERPOL’s databases. 

Border crossing rules for Russian citizens will be even tougher: along with biometric control at the border, they’ll need to additionally register in the corresponding electronic system before visiting Ukraine and notify about their visit at least a month before. Further, the Ukrainian authorities planned to introduce mandatory registration by Russians at the place of stay in Ukraine and inform in detail about the route of their travel through Ukrainian territory.

Foreigners and stateless persons of the following countries are subject to obligatory scanning of biometric data at the checkpoints across the state border of Ukraine: 1. Algeria, 2. Angola, 3. Afghanistan, 4. Bangladesh, 5. Benin, 6. Botswana, 7. Burkina Faso, 8. Burundi, 9. Vietnam, 10. Gabon, 11. The Gambia, 12. Guyana, 13. Ghana, 14. Guinea, 15. Guinea-Bissau, 16. Equatorial Guinea, 17. Papua New Guinea, 18. Djibouti, 19. Eritrea, 20. Ethiopia, 21. Egypt, 22. Yemen, 23. Zambia, 24. Zimbabwe, 25. Iraq, 26. Iran, 27. Jordan, 28. Cape Verde, 29. Cameroon, 30. Kenya, 31. Kyrgyzstan, 32. The Comoros Islands, 33. The Republic of the Congo, 34. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, 35. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 36. Côte d’Ivoire, 37. Lesotho, 38. Liberia, 39. Lebanon, 40. Libya, 41. Mauritania, 42 Madagascar, 43. Malawi, 44. Mali, 45. Morocco, 46. Mozambique, 47. Namibia, 48. Niger, 49. Nigeria, 50. Pakistan, 51. Palestine, 52. The Russian Federation, 53. South Sudan, 54 Rwanda, 55. Sao Tome and Principe, 56. Swaziland, 57. Senegal, 58. Syria, 59. Somalia, 60. Sudan, 61. Sierra Leone, 62. Tajikistan, 63. Tanzania, 64.Togo, 65 Tonga, 66. Tunisia, 67. Uganda, 68. The Central African Republic, 69. Chad, 70. Sri Lanka.

Source: UNIAN