Several Russian embassies stopped issuing biometric passports

The issuance of new passports has been suspended indefinitely, but Russians can still issue a passport without an electrochip for a period of five years

The embassies of Russia in Azerbaijan, Germany, Latvia, Turkey, Sweden, Estonia, for technical reasons, have suspended the issuance of biometric passports with an electronic storage medium and a ten-year validity period.

In Germany, they will not be issued from August 29, in the other countries mentioned— from the 26th. Suspension period— uncertain. The Turkish embassy noted that the issuance was suspended “until the issue of manufacturing passports with an electronic storage medium is resolved.”

Citizens who have already registered for an appointment will be able to apply for a passport valid for five years or cancel or reschedule the entry. The embassies reminded that such a document cannot be issued in addition to an existing passport.

RBC sent a request to the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The international passports of the new sample contain the biometric parameters of the holders. Such a passport has a chip with a color photograph and a fingerprint image, as well as other information. In Russia, such passports have been issued since 2006.

From January to June, almost 2.5 million foreign passports were issued in the country— 45% more than in the same period last year. The peak was in March, when 553,000 people received documents. A comparable number of international passports— 2.3 million Russians received in January—June 2019. In 2018, the Ministry of Internal Affairs issued almost 2.6 million and 2 million foreign passports, respectively. Demographer Aleksey Raksha explained that the growth in January and February “can be regarded as a return to the pre-Covid period”, and then the military operation in Ukraine influenced the situation.

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