MIA: Belarus ready for biometric documents

Passport of a citizen of the Republic of Belarus. Photo: belsat.eu

In 2021, more than 800 thousand Belarusians will receive ID-cards – small plastic cards containing a photo and basic personal data of the owner, BelTA informs.

The rest of the information will be linked to the document online and will be read using a special terminal.

Those who receive an ID-card will automatically acquire an electronic digital signature for 10 years and a personal electronic account. From the moment of creation, the account will be inactive until the person activates it from the ID-card. All information with the history of using this account will fit there.

“We think there will be no queues. The current valid passport will remain valid until its expiration date. This is a very delicate point that all citizens need to understand. After the introduction of biometric documents, there is no need to rush and run to receive them. There is no need for this. These two documents – passport and ID-card – will be equally valid in the state. Therefore, we do not expect an influx and do not think that it will happen,” said Pavel Khryshchanovich, Deputy Head of the Department for Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

A biometric passport is another document that Belarusians will be able to receive this year. Everything in the country is ready to switch to it.

The document will be needed to travel abroad. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, from 300 to 500 new passports will be issued a year.