President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree №256/2017, which enacted the NSDC decision of 10 July 2017 on the implementation from January 2018 biometric control for foreigners crossing the Ukrainian border. About it reports a press-service of the head of state.
The purpose of this decision – the provision of national security, the strengthening of control over entry and exit from Ukraine of foreigners, including citizens of the aggressor state of Russia and persons without citizenship, compliance with the rules of stay in the country.
In particular, the Council instructed the Cabinet of Ministers within one month to ensure the participation of the SBU increased control at the border.
“The government instructed to take measures on improvement of the legislation on the procedure of registration of residence/stay in Ukraine of foreigners, including Russian citizens and stateless persons coming from States of migration risk or have entered into Ukraine from the territory of these States”, – stated in the message.
According to the decree, the Cabinet shall update the list of countries of migration risk, particularly to make it Russia.
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“The government also needs to work in two months the question of the mechanism and phasing the introduction of preliminary electronic notifications of foreigners and persons without citizenship for entry to Ukraine; implementation of entry to Ukraine and departure from Ukraine of foreigners, including citizens of the Russian Federation on foreign passports containing contactless electronic media”, – stated in the message.
The document also set a three month deadline for acceptance of measures on creation and functioning of centers providing administrative services in close proximity to the locations of the control points of entry and exit.
In addition, the Cabinet shall begin operation from 1 January 2018 national system of biometric verification and identification of citizens of Ukraine, foreigners and persons without citizenship, having decided the question of necessary resources provision of fixing of biometric data of foreigners in the implementation of border control at the state border and KPVV.
In July 2017, the Minister of foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin stated that the introduction of biometric control to foreigners will have negative consequences for the citizens of EU countries and other foreigners, having a biometric passport according to ICAO standards.