Ministry of Internal Affairs will resume accepting applications for biometric passports from June 1
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia announced that the acceptance of applications for international passports with an electronic storage medium will resume from June 1. The issuance of such passports has been suspended since February 2, 2023.
“The application can be submitted directly to the territorial body of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, through a multifunctional center for the provision of state and municipal services, or sent in the form of an electronic document through the Unified Portal of State and Municipal Services (“Gosuslugi.”— "b") ”,— indicated official representative of the department Irina Volk.
Biometric international passports (or international passports of a new generation) contain a microchip inside, on which personal information about the owner of the document is recorded. The system simplifies personal identification.
At the beginning of February 2023 "Gosuslugi" stopped acceptance of applications for foreign passports of a new sample. In "Goznak" reportedthat problems with the issuance and production of new-type documents arose due to a lack of necessary microcircuits. On April 11, 2023 the CEO of the Mikron plant (the key Russian supplier of chips) Gulnara Khasyanova reportedthat the company has found a replacement for the used foreign materials.
Read more about why there was a shortage of chips for documents - in the material "Kommersant FM" "Passports got chipped".