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Turkey to start issuing biometric passports

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  • Release on:2017-02-13
The Turkish government started biometric passports to its citizens on Nov. 1 as part of a step toward visa-free travel in the European Union, Anadolu news agency reported.

New passports have chips containing biometric data, including fingerprints and facial image, according to Turkish interior ministry.
The biometric passports were requirement for visa-free travel for Turkish citizens in EU's Schengen zone, the report said.
The institution in charge of issuing passports is also changed from the police to the civil registration directorate under a recent statutory decree.