Belarus postpones the launch of new biometric ID cards and passports until 2020. More time is needed to complete the integration of information systems, TUT.BY sources say.
The date for introducing the new documents was pushed back from 1 January 2019 to 1 January 2020.
Although new ID documents can be issued starting in 2019, they won’t have all the necessary apps and access to the system. Therefore, the authorities see no sense in fast-track issuing of “bare plastic” with no features.
Every citizenship and migration office is expected to receive biometric devices by 2020. The devices will be able to take fingerprints and photos that will be stored in a data personalization center.
E-passports will be used only for travelling abroad and won’t be valid on the territory of Belarus. Meanwhile, an ID-card will serve as an internal document – like in many European states.
ID cards will be available for Belarusian nationals, foreign citizens permanently residing in Belarus and stateless persons.
The ID-card will cost one basic amount (BYN 24,5 or ~$11.50 as of 5 October 2018 – note BF). The biometric passport will cost BYN 73.50, which is about $34.80.
The new biometric documents will replace all other documents used in Belarus.
However, it won’t be necessary to exchange paper passports for digitals ones at once. Both passports will be valid for a certain period of time.