The Ukrainian government has approved the decision on electronic passports in the Diya mobile app, equating them to paper documents.
This was announced on Telegram by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov.
“We have good news – the government has approved the decree on electronic passports in the Diya app. Now passports in a smartphone are officially digital analogs of paper documents,” he said.
Fedorov added that now more than 17,000 Ukrainians are testing electronic passports and that next week they will be available in every Diya mobile application.
The passport in the smartphone, explains the government official, will allow you not to carry an identity card and to extract it. Citizens who do not have an identity card can add a digitized foreign biometric passport upon request, also proving their identity. It offers the same rights and opportunities as a paper document in force in the country.
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Fedorov noted that there are many more Ukrainians with a biometric passport than ID card holders. In other words, more citizens will be able to use the electronic passport.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that, under quarantine, this becomes particularly relevant, since electronic passports can be used for identification if the police arrest him. And also at the post office, when receiving parcels and letters, in stores when buying alcohol or tobacco to confirm adulthood and in other situations.
At the end of the quarantine, added Fedorov, it will also be possible to use electronic passports when traveling by train or plane; in medical and banking institutions; while receiving administrative services.
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As noted, the brand and concept of the Diya app were presented on September 27, 2019 in Kiev. In December, a test access was opened to 5,000 Ukrainians who applied.
The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Play Market. Users are identified using BankID technology via the NBU and PrivatBank systems. Diya works both on the Internet and offline.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru