Ukraine to gather biometrics from all foreign visitors
10 July 2017 16:27 GMT

The Ukrainian leadership has confirmed that the country wants to improve security by collecting biometric data at border points.

Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) presided by President Petro Poroshenko met on Monday to consider the issue of tightening control of the Ukrainian state border crossing and specifically, of introducing a procedure for collecting biometrics of foreign visitors.

"This is about tightening controls over the entry to, exit from and stay in Ukrainian territory of citizens of other countries: we are introducing biometrics control procedures for all individuals crossing the Ukrainian border," the Ukrainian presidential press service quoted Poroshenko as saying late on Monday.

"We must collect biometrics, including fingerprints and a digital photograph. This will considerably boost opportunities in terms of the fight against terrorism," Poroshenko said, expressing confidence that the proposed draft decisions will be absolutely understood and supported by society.