As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, the new system for gathering biometric data will start operating at 157 international land border crossing points and international airports next year. It allows border guards to keep track of foreign travelers’ stay in Ukraine and is connected to Interpol databases.
Border guards are entitled to verify travel passports, ID-cards, drivers’ licenses, and even car registration. According to Ukraine’s officials, only those traveling without biometric passports could encounter certain technical issues during border crossing routine.
"On Dec. 27, we’ll test these mechanisms at various sections of the Ukraine-Russia border to check whether everything is ready for the full-scale launch on Jan. 1," said Oleh Slobodian, a spokesperson for Ukraine's State Border Guard Service.
According to the official, the Russian citizens will not be able to enter Ukraine from the areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions beyond government control.
The biometric control procedure does not concern the Ukrainian citizens who live in occupied Crimea and will not be introduced at the administrative border with mainland Ukraine.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin earlier announced the launch of a border security biometric system for foreign citizens and stateless persons effective Jan. 1, 2018, which will be followed by the introduction of a system to monitor Russian citizens' travel across Ukraine.