Poland to issue biometric visas in Belarus

03/12/14

Visa applicants using the Polish Embassy in Belarus will need to submit biometric data as part of applications from 29 January 2015, Belarusian media have revealed.

A spokeswoman for the embassy in Minsk, Anna Derska, told BelTA that the fingerprints for the visa will only need to be scanned once every 59 months, and that the rules apply to all applicants over 12.

Poland is part of the European Union’s Schengen Agreement - 26 countries that have abolished passport and any other type of border control at their common borders.

“Everyone will be fingerprinted at the consular section. It is not important whether the documents are filed through a travel agency or independently,” she said.

Countries of the Schengen zone are also due to start collecting biometric data about all Russian applicants in a mandatory procedure from April 2015. The requirement has already been implemented in a number of Asian and African countries.

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Fingerprints for Poland's biometric visa will only need to be scanned once every 59 months.
Fingerprints for Poland's biometric visa will only need to be scanned once every 59 months.

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