Ukraine becomes world’s first country to equate e-passports to paper IDs
E-passports, including those for foreign travel, are generated free of charge.Photo from UNIAN, Viacheslav Ratynskyi
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, on Tuesday passed legislation allowing the use of e-passports, displayed via a government-controlled Diia app, on equal terms with actual passports.
The latest amendments to Law “On the Unified State Demographic Register and Documents Confirming the Citizenship of Ukraine, Certifying Identity or a Special Status” (No. 4355) passed parliament with 302 votes in their support of 320 MPs registered at the session hall.
The law establishes that an e-passport is a citizen’s passport with the information contained in the paper version displayed electronically. Such passports are issued together with a unique electronic identifier (QR code, bar code, and digital code), as well as information about place of residence (if any).
E-passports for foreign travel also contain an individual taxpayer identifier (if any), amendments state.
All e-passports can be used within Ukraine’s borders for their holders’ identification, confirmation of citizenship and provision of government and other services.
E-passport and e-passport for foreign travel are generated free of charge, the law stresses.
Electronic copies of any e-passports can be presented in all cases where paper copies of passports are required by law.
All e-passports are generated through the Unified State Web Portal of Electronic Services.
It is noted that e-passports, including those for foreign travel, shall not be used at border crossing, except for the cases where it is necessary to confirm the identity of a Ukrainian citizen crossing into Ukraine; entering and leaving the temporarily occupied territory; entering, staying and residing in or moving within the border areas, sailing into the country’s territorial sea and internal waters.
The law comes into force on August 23, 2021.