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Biometric passport system

November 13 2007

Russia began the transition to the practice of issuing biometric passports to citizens. Whereas previously only been talk about introducing a new system, now has 100,000 people from Moscow, Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg became the owners of a new type of passport.

After three pilot cities, the issuance of new passports will begin all over Russia. It is eleven twenty seven points, which are issued biometric passports are in the Kaliningrad region, eleven - in Moscow and two - in St. Petersburg.

The Federal Migration Service of Russia until the end of this year, plans to open across the country nearly 250 points to issue passports containing biometric data. Starting next year, any citizen if you want be able to get the document with an electronic information carrier. In this issue of the old zagranpaspartov will not be revoked, and the passport of the new generation is not yet compulsory.

The Russians still will be two papers - General Civil and passport. Single identity document, yet will not be introduced as the practice of the two instruments used in almost all states.

Cost biopasporta - a thousand rubles, and form the usual passport citizens pay 400 rubles. For the child amount for paspartnoe know-how will be 500 rubles, instead of 200 rubles per ordinary form zagranki. And that gives overpayment twice?

Biometric passport is different from the usual polycarbonate plastic page that contains all the data printed by laser engraving on Goznak. In addition, the page is built electronic chip on which all the information. While the information contained in the new passport as well as in the ordinary. But the new document will be possible to add various biometric data, such as three-dimensional facial image or fingerprints. Just a new passport is different from the usually high degree of protection.

In the near future good of the passport the next generation is small. Even the procedure of issuing visas to countries that require biometircheskie data, the existence of such passport the Russians have no impact - will have to undergo the same procedure as that of competitors with conventional instruments.

While biometric document is only partly facilitates the passage of control in some airports. In Moscow airports set self-registration kiosks, which are able to read information from a new generation of passports. These kiosks air traveler can self-register and avoid the queue for registration. But this applies only to passengers without luggage, and not all holders of passports of the new generation aware of this advantage.

It is possible that in the not distant future to travel around Europe and the U.S. without a passport will not be easy. Embassies of some countries have already switched to a system of issuing visas to biometrichseskimi data, and therefore Russia is seriously attended to the replacement of documents. In fact, it may happen that the EU and America will simply refuse to pass on its territory to citizens who do not have a biometric document.

Alena Dmitrieva


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