The decree of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the introduction in 2018 of biometric controls for entry into the country of foreigners, including citizens of the Russian Federation, published in the governmental newspaper “Uryadovy courier”.

The decree about introduction in action of the decision of the Council of national security and defense of Ukraine of July 10, 2017 “On strengthening the control of entry to Ukraine, departure from Ukraine of foreigners and persons without citizenship, compliance with the rules of stay on the territory of Ukraine” comes into force from the date of its publication .

According to the document, the government was instructed within one month to take measures on improvement of the legislation on the stay in Ukraine of foreigners, including citizens of the Russian Federation

The Cabinet also instructed within two months to study the issue of mechanism and the phasing of implementation of the procedure of entry to Ukraine and departure from Ukraine of foreigners, including citizens of the Russian Federation on foreign passports containing contactless electronic media, and before January 1, 2018 to ensure that the functioning of the 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, including citizens of the Russian Federation, the implementation of border control at checkpoints across the state border of Ukraine and control entry points and exits.

Within a month the Cabinet is charged with participation of the SBU to ensure that complex of measures on strengthening of control of entry and exit from Ukraine of foreigners, including Russian citizens and stateless persons, to take measures on improvement of the legislation on registration of residence or 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 such States.

In addition, the Cabinet instructed to update the list of countries of migration risk, in particular to contribute to the Russian Federation.