Tbilisi, Georgia, August 4
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Biometric passports will be issued also for the Georgian citizens living abroad, according to the joint statement of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Justice Ministry.
"In accordance with the Action Plan on liberalization of the visa regime with the European Union the complete replacement non-biometric passports with biometric is one of the commitments of Georgia. It should be noted that such passports are already issued on the territory of Georgia. Consequently, the transition of diplomatic representations and consular offices of Georgia abroad for the issuance of biometric passports is on the agenda," the statement said.
At present, the final inspection of hardware and software of diplomatic missions and consular offices of Georgia abroad and retraining of staff in this area are being conducted, and therefore admission of applications of for hanging passports at the consulates of Georgia suspended until August 10, 2014 in this regard.
From Aug.10, the acceptance of applications will be resumed and the issuance of only biometric passports will be started at the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Georgia. In accordance with the law, the issuance of non-biometric passports will be possible only if, based on the health status of a citizen of Georgia, it is impossible to obtain biometric data, the statement noted.
Edited by CN