In Russia, from June 1, applications for biometric passports valid for ten years will resume. This was reported to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.
The announced portal “Gosuslugy” announced the suspension of reception on February 2. Goznak explained this as “increased demand” for foreign passports and, consequently, for chips for them.
In 2022, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia issued about five and a half million foreign passports, which is one and a half million more than a year earlier.
- In the summer of 2022, the issuance of foreign passports of the new model was suspended in the Russian embassies of several countries. Then the authorities also explained it as “technical reasons”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said that the issuance was stopped “due to the need to reformat the electronic medium.” “Izvestia” then, with reference to sources in the IT sphere, reported that the suspension could be explained by the shortage of chips necessary for the issuance of these documents.