Biometric passports will be paper-based.
On January 1, 2020, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will begin large-scale issuance of ID-cards, as well as biometric passports for citizens of the Republic of Belarus traveling abroad. Aliaksei Biahun, the Head of the Department of Citizenship and Migration, announced this on the television channel STV on March 13.
– Biometric passports will be paper-based. That is, they are similar to the national passport of a citizen of the Republic of Belarus, which we have been issuing so far. They will simply have an electronic data storage medium. There is already a “president's” decision on this issue:
From January 1, 2020, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will begin a large-scale issuance of identity documents to citizens of the Republic of Belarus, as well as to foreigners permanently residing in the territory of the Republic of Belarus. The documents will be issued in the form of an ID-card with an electronic data storage medium containing relevant information, as well as a biometric passport of a citizen of the Republic of Belarus for traveling abroad, – Biahun said.
The head of the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs also told about the advantages of a biometric passport.
– First, the biometric passport is intended solely for traveling abroad. It has 30 sheets for visas and stamping border crossing marks. In addition, it is assumed and planned that a citizen of the Republic of Belarus may simultaneously have two biometric documents for crossing the border – in order to facilitate his mobility. In addition, the biometric passport has a so-called electronic chip, which will contain all the personal data.
In fact, the owner of a biometric passport causes less distrust among law enforcement officials as well as the authorities of foreign countries that are responsible for crossing the border or issuing visas.
In addition, it has much more counterfeit protection levels.