Ukraine airports starts gathering biometric data from foreigners

Biometric data captured includes all 10 fingerprints

Ukraine is introducing a biometric control system at all its borders from January 1, 2018.

Foreign passengers arriving at two Ukraine airports in Kiev will receive a very special welcome. The Ukraine government will capture and store all ten fingerprints of arriving foreign passengers as well as other passport data.

The biometric, and other passport data, will be checked against several databases, including the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Tax Service of Ukraine and Interpol.

Biometric control has until now operated in test mode at major checkpoints on the Ukrainian-Russian border. From January 01, 2018, it will start operating at international airports and 157 international land border checkpoints, including 31 checkpoints on the border with Russia.

The checks will be compulsory for citizens from 71 countries, which are included in Ukraine’s list of the states with high migration risk, and selectively for other passengers!

By the end of 2018, biometric data will be captured from foreigners at all 196 control points of the Ukrainian border.

Ukraine e-visa

Ukraine is introducing e-visas for foreigners entering the country starting next year.

Last year, Ukraine introduced a visa-on-arrival policy for Chinese citizens at Kiev Boryspil Airport and  Odessa on the Black Sea beach holiday area.

Ukraine airports

Ukraine has over 20 airports. Kiev, the capital has two airports: Boryspil International Airport (KBP) and Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport (IEV).

Boryspil (KBP) is the country’s largest airport, serving 65% of its passenger air traffic, including all its intercontinental flights and a majority of international flights.

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Boryspil International Airport (KBP)

Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport (IEV)